Instructions for Online Application System

Since 2008, international students who apply for studying in Tsinghua University should apply online. The paper application form has not been accepted.

The Online Application System is on .

1. Account Registration

International students who apply for the admissions need to register in the online application system.

a. Registration

On the homepage of the Online Application System, the applicant need to register an account with an email address and set up a password.

Notice: This email address will be used as the main contact of the applicant, for the application information, and the student notification and even alumni connection if the applicant is admitted. Therefore, using permanent personal email address is recommended.

b. Activation

The registered account is eligible to apply for programs only if it is activated. Upon registration, an activation code will be sent to the email address as the username. The applicant may click the link in the address or input the activation code to the system when logging in to activate the account.


Notice: All the system notification, including the activation code, is sent by the email address . If you fail to receive the activation code, please check if it is filtered by the anti-spam system of your email service provider. Please contact your email service provider to put to the white list of your email receipts.

c. Reset Password

On password lost, the registered account user may click the link "Reset Password". An email including the link for reset will be sent to the email address as the username. The user may set a new password following the link.

2. Select Applicable Program

By clicking the link "To Apply", the user will see a list of currently available programs to apply for. For the schedule of each program, please refer to its informational webpage, which is listed on the homepage of the International Students Office.

An online application form will show when the applicant clicks to select the proper program.

Master's & Doctoral Programs

Since there are many different programs in the Master's and Doctoral level, the application schedules of different programs are different from each other. In the application form, only the available programs or subjects are available. Before starting to apply, the applicant would better check if the program or subject he/she would like to apply for is still open for application.

Undergraduate Programs

Entrance examination is required for the undergraduate admission for international students. There are several examinations held in different location, at different time and for different students, therefore the applicant have to pay attention if it is the correct time and place to apply.

Exchange/Visiting Student Programs

Exchange student program is only applicable for the students who is officially sent by there home university, which are the international partners of Tsinghua University, with student exchange agreements or MOUs. These students need to select the "Exchange Students on University-Level Agreements/MOUs" section, and attach the approval or recommendation letter of their home university to be admitted. Those who apply to exchange student program have to confirm with their home universities in advance.

Visiting students who are invited by the professors of Tsinghua University for cooperative study or research have to select the "Visiting Students for Research Cooperation or Exchange" section and provide the name or the telephone number of the host professor. The host professor need to contact the International Students Office to register his/her name and telephone number, so that the invited student may use the telephone number for access of the application of this kind of program. The invitaion will be confirmed with the host professor, therefore whose who have not been invited will not be granted the admission.

Visiting students, who are invited by programs specially organized by the schools or departments of Tsinghua Univeristy, should select the program in the "Special Program" section. Only the applicants who are confirmed by the program organizers will be admitted.

3. Application Form Fill Up

Once the program is selected, an application form is created for the applicant to fill up.

On most fields in the form, there will be a tip to explain the meaning of the field. Please follow the instructions to make sure the content meets the requirement.

The form can be saved as draft, or be submitted.

The saved draft is still editable and submittable, to let the applicants prepare adequate information.

On submission, the system will automatically validate the form. If the contents cannot meet the requirement literally, it will fail to submit and error messages are displayed to help the applicant correct the form. If the form is submitted, the application reviewer will be able to review it, and the applicant are not able to edit it, unless it is discarded.

4. View Applications

All the current applications created by the applicant will be displayed on the page of "My Applications", which will open after each logging in. Of each application, the status items display on the left, including the application number, application status, review comment, uploaded documents, admission result, online payment status, etc. The available operations are listed on the right.

The applications which are made in the past semesters and are not admitted will not be displayed.

5. Online Document Submission

Some programs accept online document submission. The "Upload Documents" button will appear on the right of the application status.

On the "Upload Application Documents" page, the applicant may upload the documents required by the program. The applicant may upload up to 15 files for each application; the size of each file cannot exceed 3 Megabytes. The online uploaded documents will be reviewed by the program coordinators as well.

Since many of the documents required to upload are scan copies of files, such as degree certificate, transcript, recommendation letter, etc. For these kinds of documents, the scan copies must be captured by professional scanner or copy machine, with resolution of over 300 ppi. Pictures by camera or mobile phone are not qualified.

5. Application Review Process

After the submission, the program coordinators will review the application. The application status indicates the step on which the process is.

Draft: The application form has not been submitted for review.

Submitted: The applicatino form has been submitted, but the program coordinators have not reviewed it.

Unqualified: The application form has been reviewed, but it fails because some of the items are not correctly provided. Usually, there will be a review comment indicating the item which need further amendment.

Qualified: The application form has been reviewed, and it is quanlified to enter the admission process. In this step, with the qualified identification photo if required, the applicant may download the application form in PDF format and print it as the official application form on paper, which is required for admission with the applicant's signature.

Notice: This status (qualified) does NOT mean that the applicant is admitted. It means that the basic information is adequate to make an application form. The application form and other supporting documents will be used in the further examination for admission.

Completed: Some programs need the applicant send paper documents when the application is qualified. In that case, when the paper documents are received and confirmed, the application will be marked as completed. Please see the program-specific instructions for details.

6. Online Payment

Two ways to pay:

1 . Pay in cash at the International Students Office of Tsinghua University;

2 . Pay online using credit card.

In the application process, when it is time to pay for the application fee, there will be a "Payment" button on the status of the application, which leads to the online payment service.The online payment system is supported by the payment platform of PayEase, the third party payment company ( The credit card of China Unionpay, Visa & Mastercard are accepted.

If the applicant has any payment problem, please contact PayEase (

The application fee will not be returned, no matter whether the application is canceled or not, or the applicant are admitted or not. If the online payment fails, the application process will be suspended.

7. Admission

The online application is only part of the application process. For different programs, there might be entrance examinations, interviews or other kinds of test, to determine if an applicant is qualified for admission.

Usually, only the final decision of admission is made by the authority, the admission result will display on the Online Application System.