Schwarzman Scholars Program

The Schwarzman Scholars Program seeks young people of high academic achievement and strong leadership potential to study at Tsinghua University for one year.

Having welcomed its inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars in Fall 2016, this program seeks to give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue a master's degree in one of three concentrations:

  • Public Policy
  • Economics and Business
  • International Studies

Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.


Students must:

  • have graduated from their undergraduate college or university 
  • be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age
  • demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English

Academic excellence will be a requirement for successful applicants, but there is no minimum GPA or class rank required to apply. 

Period of Study

The program of study, including all required courses and activities, starts with mandatory orientation in late August and concludes with a graduation ceremony early the following July. 


The following costs are covered as a Schwarzman Scholar: tuition, fees, room and board, travel to and from Beijing at the beginning and end of the academic year, in-country study tours, required course books and supplies, Lenovo laptop, health insurance, and a personal stipend.



  • A complete and successfully submitted online application
  • Uploaded transcripts/academic records 
  • Three electronic letters of recommendation
  • Optional Video
  • Current resume/CV
  • Two Essays:
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Leadership Essay

Additional instructions and information is available on the Schwarzman Scholars website


Applications are due on September 21, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT. 

Additional instructions and information is available on the Schwarzman Scholars website



Class Year

  • Senior
  • Recent Graduate


  • Arts
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM
  • Multiple


  • English
  • Non English


  • Yearlong

Program Type

  • Graduate Study
  • Study Abroad
  • Tuition Aid


  • Asia

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