Application for Fall 2013


1. Introduction
The Tsinghua University Department of International Relations (abbreviated IR Department) was established on the foundation of the Institute for International Studies set up in 1997. The Institute’s rich experience and outstanding achievements in teaching and research during more than ten years provided a strong basis for the creation of the IR Department.  The Department of International Relations has a total of 18 faculty members all of whom have received Ph.D. degrees in the most distinguished universities in the world, such as UC Berkley, Columbia University, Yale University, Cornell University, London School of Economics, Peking University and Tsinghua University. 

In 2010, the Department launched a Master’s degree program in English in addition to its Chinese program. The department is committed to a better understanding of China’s role in international relations as well as China’s foreign policy through inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural dialogues. It has become one of the most renowned institutions in China. The graduates of the program will be qualified to be administrative officers and policy analysts in various levels of governments, think tanks, international organizations, multinational corporations and international media. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study, including completion of the course curriculum and the Master thesis.
To provide students with more extra-curricular academic activities, the Department successfully initiated the Carnegie-Tsinghua Distinguished Speaker Program in 2010, in which established scholars and policy makers are invited to give lectures on various aspects of international relations and policy making. The Department also launched Tsinghua Ambassador Talks at the beginning of Spring 2012. This event allows students to connect IR theory with diplomatic practice, providing a unique opportunity to engage in pressing political issues through an informal dialogue with each country’s highest representative in China, the Ambassador.
The MIR program annually takes in about 30 students. In the 2012 fall semester, 69 students from 32 countries are registered in the program. The department has distributed some full scholarships, full tuition waivers as well as partial tuition waivers to students on a competitive basis.
 

2. Courses 
Students are expected to complete the program in two years (or four semesters) of full-time study, including completion of required curriculum and a Master thesis. Students are required to complete a minimum of 28 credits by the end of the 3rd semester, among which 4 credits are from compulsory public courses offered by the University, 6 credits from compulsory training programs and courses, and no less than 18 credits from elective courses. Of the 16 credits from elective courses, students may take courses of no more than 4 credits from other departments and needs to get approval in advance from the Vice Chair of the Department for Academic Affairs.

1) Compulsory public courses 
(1) Chinese Culture and Society (2 credits)
(2) Chinese Language (2 credits)

2) Compulsory training programs and courses
(1)Literature Review and Research Proposal (1 credit)
(2)Academic Activities (1 credit) 
(3)Academic Introductions to International Relations(2 credit) 
(4)Research Design and Writing (2 credits)

3) Elective courses 
 Ancient Chinese Thoughts on International Relations (2 credits) 
 Arms Control and International Security (2 credits)
 Comparative Democratization and China (2 credits)
 Comparative Politics (2 credits)
 Contemporary Theories in International Politics (2 credits)
 International and Comparative Political Economy (2 credits)
 Politics and Government in China (2 credits)
 Principles of Area Studies (2 credits)
 Public Diplomacy: Chinese and Global Perspectives (2 credits)
 Regional Diplomacy: China and South Asia (2 credits)
 Research Method in International Relations (2 credits)
 Seminar on Critical Issues and Global Governance (2 credits)
 Theory and Practice of Chinese Foreign Relations (2 credits)
 US-China Relations (2 credits)
 

3. Thesis
Research for the thesis is supervised by a faculty advisor. The Master degree requires completion of a thesis of publishable quality. The thesis must be defended before a committee consisting of the faculty advisor and at least two other faculty members in the Department. The research area may be, but is not limited to, one of the following:

(1) International Security 
(2) International Political Economy
(3) China’s Foreign Policy
(4) Regional and Countries Studies 
(5) Comparative Politics
(6) Chinese Studies
(7) Public Diplomacy
(8) International Organizations
(9) Foreign Policy Attitudes Analysis
 

4 Qualification of Applicants
Applicant should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent academic background, and is fluent in English.

 

5. Documents for Application
(1) The completed Foreigner's Application Form for Admission to Graduate Programs of Tsinghua University with 2-inch recent photo, signed by the applicant.

(2) Personal statement.
(3)The original or the notarial degree certificate or proof of education in academic institution (need to submit original or notarial degree certificate after being awarded), and academic transcript. The degree certificate and academic transcript must be officially sealed.
(4) Two academic recommendation letters from scholars of associate professorship or higher (must show referee’s phone number and email address on the letter).
(5) Copy of the page with personal information in the passport (personal and ordinary passport).
(6) The completed Application Form for Tsinghua University Scholarship (if applicable, original).
The application fee is RMB 600 (non-refundable). 
The certificates provided should be the original documents in Chinese or in English, otherwise notarial translations in Chinese or English are required. None of the above application documents will be returned.
 

6. Application Schedule
Phase 1: November 1,2012 – December 31, 2013

Phase 2:January 1, 2013– March 1, 2013
Both the Online Application and a complete set of Application documents should be completed and the package should be received by March 1, 2013.
Please note that for scholarship applicants, online application and all the application documents should be postmarked before January 15, 2013, the deadline of Phase 1.
 

7. Application Procedure
Step 1: Online Application

Complete On-line Application on the website of International Students Office, Tsinghua University (http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn). Print and sign the Application Form produced by the system after the application status changes to “verified”. For scholarship application documents, please refer section 8 below. 
Step 2: Documents Submission
Submit the application documents listed above to the address indicated below by post mail or in person. Please refer to Section 5 Documents for Application.
Step 3:Application Fee Payment
Two ways to pay application fee:
1 . Pay online using credit card;
After your application form is approved or the materials are received by Tsinghua University, the staff will make you the online payment draft, and at the same time, an email is sent to remind you to pay the application fee via the online application system.
2 . Pay in cash at the International Students Office (Room 120,Zijing Building 22)of Tsinghua University.

8. Tuition and Scholarship
Tuition: RMB 30,000/year. 

Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: RMB 600/year.
Accommodations: RMB 40-80/day•bed for single rooms, AB rooms and double rooms in international student dormitories.
The qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS). Applicants should apply to China Scholarship Council (CSC) (Website: http://www.csc.edu.cn) through the Chinese Embassies or Consulates, or relevant organizations in the home countries of the applicants between November and April (varied for different countries). Please find out the application deadline for your country in advance.
The applicants may also apply for Chinese Government Scholarship with the recommendations from Tsinghua University. But the number of the recommended applicants is very limited, and the applicants should be excellent among those who are not studying in China, For application of this scholarship, please complete and submit the Application Form for Tsinghua University Scholarship along with other application documents. 
In addition to Chinese Government Scholarship, the applicants may choose to apply for Beijing Government Scholarship /Tsinghua University Scholarship, which supports full or partial tuition. For application of this scholarship, please complete and submit the Application Form for Tsinghua University Scholarship along with other application documents.
Please visit http://is.tsinghua.edu.cn/EN/scholarship/intro.html  for more information. 
 

9. Contact Information 
Ms. Tan, Jie

Department of International Relations
Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, P. R. China 
Tel: +86-10-62788403 
Email: iisws@tsinghua.edu.cn