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The following Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Programs are exclusively arranged for PRC Study participants in association with Tsinghua University. Students receive all the benefits of studying at a first class university, but with more flexible course start dates and program duration. The language classes are taught on campus by certified teachers from Tsinghua University and students who wish can obtain university credits. Registered now for programs in 2007!

About Tsinghua University

Program Entry Requirements

Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Programs at Tsinghua University

Program Duration and Timetable

Chinese Language Proficiency and Placement Test

Visa Information

Insurance and Medical Membership


Service Options Available

Fees and Schedule


About Tsinghua University

Established in 1911, Tsinghua University is one of the most reputable and famous universities in China. Originally called the "Tsinghua School", the university was renamed the National Tsinghua University in 1928. The university sits on the "Tsinghua Yuan" site, a former imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty.

A comprehensive multi-disciplinary university, Tsinghua University is recognized as a world-class institution for both education and research. Tsinghua University offers an excellent environment for studying: strict, diligent, creative and challenging. The university has made conscious efforts to offer a world-class curricular system and top-notch teaching content and methods, so as to cultivate students' ability and creativity.

This past year, Tsinghua University student enrollment reached over 25,000, of which there were 14,000 undergraduates, 10,000 Master's and Doctoral candidates, and about 1000 foreign students coming from over 50 countries.

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Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Program Entry Requirements

Applicants must be:

18 years old or above

In good health

A high school graduate

For students under 18 years of age who are interested in studying at Tsinghua University, please contact PRC Study at [email protected] to see if special arrangements can be made.

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Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Programs at Tsinghua University

The following Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Programs are exclusively arranged for PRC Study participants in association with Tsinghua University. As such, you may see that some course start dates listed below are not available in Tsinghua University's regular schedule.

Studying on campus, students receive all the benefits of studying at a first rate university, but with more flexible course start dates and program duration. The language classes are taught by certified teachers from Tsinghua University and students who wish can obtain university credits.

PRC Study's Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Programs at Tsinghua University are tactically designed to provide complete immersion as they offer the most comprehensive and balanced curriculum, in and out of the classroom, for learning the Chinese language.

Mandarin Chinese Language Program Comprises of the Following Components:

1. Mandarin Language Chinese Classes
2. Elective Workshops
3. One-on-One After Class Language Tutorials
4. Supervised Homework Hour
5. Language Exchange Program
6. Language Lab
7. Use of Library and Reference Materials
8. Social Activities, Guided Tours and Excursions

For complete description of services offered, please visit PRC Study Services.

1. Mandarin Chinese Language Classes

The Mandarin Chinese language programs incorporates all aspects of the Chinese language including, speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, phonetics and pronunciation, with a constant focus on Chinese culture, business and way of life.

To enable students to advance in all aspects of the Mandarin Chinese language, classroom curriculum is divided into the following four main areas: Phonics & Interactive Spoken Chinese, Listening Comprehension, Grammar & Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension & Writing. Please visit Total Immersion Curriculum for more information.

Students at elementary levels will first develop their skills by learning the fundamental essentials with topics related to everyday lifestyle situations, while advanced level students will be presented with more complex and specialized subject matters including history, business, current affairs and society, leading up to reading newspapers, literature and understanding television and radio programs.

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2. Elective Workshops

PRC Study offers extra-curricular elective workshops to further help participants with their Chinese language and cultural learning experience. Elective workshops are made up of a series of classes and are held either in the afternoon or early evening. Taught by qualified and experienced teachers or experts, the electives may focus on language development skills, martial arts or learning more about Chinese culture, history and art. The number of workshops offered within each of the two categories below varies depending on program duration and may include the following:

Chinese Language Focused Electives:
Chinese Character Writing and Reading, Chinese Composition, Chinese Idioms, Chinese Pronunciation, and Chinese Pronunciation Improvement

Chinese Arts and History Focused Electives:
Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Culture, Chinese Games, Chinese History, Chinese Painting, Chinese Songs, Tai Ji Quan, Traditional Chinese Massage and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Click Elective Workshops for more information and description.

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3. 1-On-1 After Class Chinese Language Tutorial

Tutoring has proven effective in advancing students' linguistics skills. PRC Study provides one-on-one after class tutorial lessons for students. Tutors are native Chinese teachers, certified in teaching Mandarin Chinese as a second language and are familiar with the PRC-CIE Academy and partnering universities language curricula. Tutors offer invaluable personal support and assistance in monitoring individual progress throughout the study program and can assist students with language coaching, homework assignments, conversational practice, tips and advice, and more.

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4. Supervised Homework Hour

When learning a new language, it is expected students will receive homework. In order to provide the best assistance for students to excel and master the Chinese language as quickly and efficiently as possible and to minimize any roadblocks, PRC Study organizes supervised homework hour throughout the week to help students with their homework assignments. Students can now receive immediate feedback and support by qualified teachers when doing their homework so there is continuous progress.

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5. Language Exchange Program

Interacting with locals is an essential part of the immersion program. At the start of the program, PRC Study arranges for each student to have a few local Chinese students as language buddies. Not only does this provide the perfect opportunity to practice Putonghua, it also enables cultural and social exchange and an opportunity to make new friends.

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6. Language Lab

Our brand new Language Lab is adjacent to the PRC Study student lounge and uses audio equipment specifically designed for language learning. Use includes access to a large amount of listening media all of which makes for interesting and informative learning. Designed to match your textbooks, these tapes are optimal for practicing your listening ability. You can also improve your own pronunciation by recording your own voice and comparing it to the tape.

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7. Library and Reference Materials

The PRC Study library consists not only of Chinese language books and dictionaries to help you in your Chinese language studies, but also a reference section on Chinese culture, history, art and society. There are also additional sections for books on other foreign languages, novels and reference materials on different subjects.

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8. Social Activities, Weekend Tours & Excursions

PRC Study also realizes that an added advantage in learning Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) quickly and effectively is to get deep into the Chinese's rich and colourful culture and society. As such, PRC Study organizes social and cultural activities, guided tours to visit landmarks in and around Beijing, throughout the week to help you apply what you have learnt in class in out-of-class settings as well as allow you to get better acquainted with fellow students, as well as with local Beijingers. From time to time, PRC Study will organize weekend excursions to places like Shanghai, Shaolin Temple, Tianjin, Datong, Xian, Wuhan, Inner Mongolia, etc. Please visit Total Immersion Curriculum for more information.

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Program Duration and Timetable at Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University has programs starting regularly in 2007. Programs vary by length of study (i.e. 4, 8, 12 weeks, one semester and one year). Please visit Mandarin Chinese Program Curriculum for more information about the program structure.

Mandarin Chinese Language Program Duration and Hours of Classroom Study at Tsinghua University

Program Duration


Hours / Day

Hours / Week

4, 8, 12 Weeks,
1 Semester (18 Wks), or
1 Year (2 Semesters)
Monday - Friday
4 Hours / Day
20 Hours / Week

Other than taking core language classes at Tsinghua University, PRC Study arranges lots of extra-curricular activities including elective classes, Chinese language tutorials, social activities, guided tours and excursions for student participation on given afternoons and weekends depending on type of servcie option choosen.

Please note for the 4 to 8 Weeks programs, a minimum of 15 students are required for a program to run. If less than 15 students, classes may be held at BLCU or at the PRC-CIE Academy. Please see below for start dates.

Sample Timetable


Weekdays Mornings
8 am - 12 pm

Weekdays Afternoons
1 pm - 5 pm

Early Evenings
5 pm - 9 pm

Evenings and
Language Classes
Mornings and/or Afternoons
Language Tutorials

Social Activities

Guided Tours    

Please note, depending on proficiency level, some students may be placed into existing classes already in progress. Please see Fees and Schedule below for program start dates.

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Chinese Language Proficiency

Chinese Language Proficiency Level

Chinese Characters / Expressions

Beginner (Level A)

0 - 800

Elementary (Level B)

More than 800

Intermediate (Level C)

More than 1500

Advanced (Level D)

More than 2500

Super Advanced (Level E)

More than 3500

Students are first placed according to the Chinese language proficiency level they indicate on the application form. During the morning of your first class day, you will be tested in three areas: grammar, comprehension, and fluency. Based on the test results, you will be placed in a class best suited to your current comprehension and fluency level. The class will be both comfortable and challenging. Please click on Chinese Language Proficiency Level for detail description on the various proficiency levels.

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Chinese Visa is a permit issued by the Chinese visa authorities to foreigners for entry into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory. Visas are issued according to the purpose of visit. Students studying in China for 4 weeks can obtain an L visa; less than 6 months require an F visa; and more than 6 months require an F or X visa (as well as a physical examination if obtaining an X visa). It is advised that you register for the program as early as possible, for it takes time for the university to process your student application. At the same time, processing a China Visa may take up to 6 weeks in some countries. For more information on different visa types and application procedure, please click here .

Once full program fees are paid and enrollment completed, PRC Study will send you the "JW201" or "JW202" form issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Acceptance/Invitation letter from the receiving university in China. These documents are required for you to apply for a visa to enter the People's Republic of China at the Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country.

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Insurance and Medical Membership

All PRC Study Full Service Programs include Travel and Medical Insurance. This is mandatory for all foreign students in China. The Insurance covers emergency medical and dental treatment, pro-rata return of program fee in case of curtailment, personal liability and more. For more information, please click insurance.

Beijing now boasts several world-class hospitals and clinics, which offer a high standard of both Chinese and Western medical care with multi-lingual Doctors from North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Following are some of the medical facilities PRC Study students may use:

Beijing Emergency Medical Centre
Beijing Friendship Hospital
Beijing International SOS Clinic
Beijing United Family Hospital
Beijing Vista Clinic
International Medical Centre

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PRC Study offers many different types of accommodation to suit our students. Students can choose to stay in one of the following accommodations: On-campus or off-campus Student Dorms , Student Flats , Apartments , Hotels , Homestay. The accomomdations provided are all legally approved. Clean, comfortable and conveniently located, all of PRC Study's accommodations are safe and secure with 24 hours security.

Accommodation is included during your entire study stay. Total program fee varies according to the type of accommodation selected. All accommodation reservations and preparations are made prior to students' arrival. Based on a "first come, first served" basis, early registration is advised in order for you to get the housing accommodation requested. Accommodation starts the day before the program and ends the day after the program. Subject to availability and additional cost, extended stay can be arranged upon request.

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Service Options

For any of these Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Programs at Tsinghua University, you can choose the Standard, Premium or Corporate Premium Full Service package options. A brief description of the service options are highlighted below for your reference or you can visit PRC Study Services for further details.

S = Standard Service
Fees include Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) language classes, text books, accommodation, insurance and medical membership, visa support documents, pre-arrival assistance, airport pick-up and drop-off, campus tour and orientation, wudaokou tour, placement test, certificate, social and cultural activities and guided tours, sporting activities, 24 hour hotline support and assistance, use of PRC Study student lounged and facilities, communication access, use of computers with internet access, welcome and farewell dinners, participation in the supervised homework hour throughout the week, and more.

P = Premium Service
Fees include all the services listed above, plus additional services, including elective workshops, private 1-on-1 after-class tutorial, language exchange partner program, language lab usage, travel planning assistance and coordination, long distance calling card, and home usage of reference materials, and more.

C = Corporate Premium Service
Fees include all the full Standard and Premium services listed above, as well as the following additional benefits: PRC Study will source and arrange one-on-one meetings for the participant with Foreign, Joint Venture, private or State-Owned Chinese companies with offices in Beijing within a specified industry; meeting accompaniment and translator / interpreter service; car transportation service to and from meeting location. Please note we recommend a maximum of two industry specific meetings for those enrolled in four-week program; three meetings for those registered in five and six-week programs; four meetings for those registered in eight and twelve-week programs; up to six for those registered in semester and one year academic programs; and thereafter by arrangement.

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Fees & Schedule for the Mandarin Chinese Program at Tsinghua University

There are two tables below.

Table 1 will show Tsinghua University's Programs, Dates and Schedule. i.e. Program number, length of study period; program start and end dates; application deadline; and program payment deadline.

Table 2 will show the Mandarin Chinese Language (Putonghua) Program Fees including accommodation for the Full Service Package options. If you have your own accommodation, please contact PRC Study at [email protected] for program fees without accommodation.

Please note the application deadline and program payment deadlines for each of the program offered. All fees are in US Dollars and applying applicant is to pay all bank charges. (** = Fees for 2008 to be confirmed.)

Legend for Program Fees with Full Service Package Options at Tsinghua University (US$)

S = Standard Service

P = Premium Service CP = Corporate Premium Srvcs
Individual = Individual stays with Host Family.
Single / Private = Single occupancy.
Double = Shared dual occupancy. PRC Study assigns roommates.
2 BR = Two people share a 2 bedroom apartment. PRC Study assigns roommates.
3 BR = Three people share a 3 bedroom apartment. PRC Study assigns roommates.
For further details on the various housing options available, please visit accommodations.

Tsinghua University Table 1:?Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) Programs, Dates and Schedule
Click HOLIDAY to see when programs below may hit a holiday.



Start Dates?
End Dates?
Program Payment
4 Weeks T0741 Mar 5, 2007 Mar 30, 2007 Jan 22 / 07 Jan 29 / 07
T0742 Apr 2, 2007 Apr 27, 2007 Mar 12 / 07 Mar 19 / 07
T0743 May 14, 2007 Jun 8, 2007 Apr 5 / 07 Apr 12 / 07
T0744 May 28, 2007 Jun 22, 2007 Apr 16 / 07 Apr 23 / 07
T0745 Jun 11, 2007 Jul 6, 2007 May 21 / 07 May 28 / 07
T0746 Jun 25, 2007 Jul 20, 2007 Jun 4 / 07 Jun 11 / 07


Jul 9, 2007

Aug 3, 2007

Jun 18 / 07

Jun 25 / 07

T0748 Jul 23, 2007 Aug 17, 2007 Jul 2 / 07 Jul 9 / 07
T0749 Aug 6, 2007 Aug 31, 2007 Jul 16 / 07 Jul 23 / 07


Oct 8, 2007 Nov 2, 2007 Sep 3 / 07 Sep 10 / 07
T7411 Nov 5, 2007 Nov 30, 2007 Oct 15 / 07 Oct 22 / 07
T7412 Dec 3, 2007 Dec 28, 2007 Nov 12 / 07 Nov 19 / 07
8 Weeks T0781 Mar 5, 2007 Apr 27, 2007 Jan 25 / 07 Feb 1 / 07
T0782 Apr 2, 2007 May 25, 2007 Mar 12 / 07 Mar 19 / 07
T0783 May 14, 2007 Jul 6, 2007 Apr 5 / 07 Apr 12 / 07
T0784 May 28, 2007 Jul 20, 2007 Apr 16 / 07 Apr 23 / 07
T0785 Jun 11, 2007 Aug 3, 2007 May 21 / 07 May 28 / 07
T0786 Jun 25, 2007 Aug 17, 2007 Jun 4 / 07 Jun 11 / 08
T0787 Jul 9, 2007 Aug 31, 2007 Jun 18 / 07 Jun 25 / 07
T0788 Oct 8, 2007 Nov 30, 2007 Sep 3 / 07 Sep 10 / 07
T0789 Nov 5, 2007 Dec 28, 2007 Oct 15 / 07 Oct 22 / 07
12 Weeks T7121 Mar 5, 2007 May 25, 2007 Jan 25 / 07 Feb 1 / 07
T7122 Apr 2, 2007 Jun 22, 2007 Feb 10 / 07 Feb 17 / 07
T7123 Sep 12, 2007 Dec 5, 2007 Jun 15 / 07 Jun 22 / 07
Extended Contact PRC
T7125 Oct 8, 2007 Dec 28, 2007 Sep 3 / 07 Sep 10 / 07
1 Semester
(18 Weeks)
T71S1 Feb End, 2007 Jul 2007 (TBD) Dec 30 / 06
Jan 6 / 07
T71S2 Sep Mid, 2007 Jan 2008 (TBD) Jun 15 / 07 Jun 22 / 07
Extended Contact PRC
1 Year
(2 Semesters)


Feb End, 2007

Jan 2008 (TBD)

Dec 30 / 06

Jan 6 / 07


Sep Mid, 2007

Jun 2008 (TBD)

Jun 15 / 07

Jun 22 / 07
Extended Contact PRC

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Tsinghua University Table 2:?Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua) Full Service Package Program Fees (US$)
Click LEGEND to see the coding explanation for different service types & accommodation available.

Campus Dorms
Student Flats
2 Br
3 Br
4 Wks
S: 3600
P: 3700
C: 4300
S: 3195
P: 3295
C: 3895
S: 2840
P: 2940
C: 3540
S: 4000
P: 4100
C: 4700
S: 3780
P: 3880
C: 4480

S: 2935
P: 3035
C: 3635

8 Wks
S: 5130
P: 5250
C: 6450
S: 4590
P: 4710
C: 5910
S: 3905
P: 4025
C: 5225
S: 5880
P: 6000
C: 7200
S: 5380
P: 5500
C: 6700
S: 4900
P: 5020
C: 6220
S: 6180
P: 6300
C: 7500
S: 5740
P: 5860
C: 7060
S: 4190
P: 4310
C: 5510
12 Wks
S: 6780
P: 6920
C: 8120
S: 5950
P: 6090
C: 7290
S: 5005
P: 5145
C: 6345
S: 6340
P: 6480
C: 7680
S: 5840
P: 5980
C: 7180
S: 5360
P: 5500
C: 6700
S: 8410
P: 8550
C: 9750
S: 7750
P: 7890
C: 9090
S: 5410
P: 5550
C: 6750
1 Semester
(18 Wks)
S: 8290
P: 8470
S: 7255
P: 7435
C: 9235
S: 6105
P: 6285
C: 8085
S: 8920
P: 9100
S: 7850
P: 8030
C: 9830
S: 7290
P: 7470
C: 9270
S: 7100
P: 7280
C: 9080
1 Year
(2 Sem)
Start Spring
1 Year
(2 Sem)
Start Fall


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