Admission to Tsinghua SIGS Institute of Environment and Ecology 2024 (For International Students)

Required Qualifications of Applicants

1.   Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid personal ordinary-type passport.

2.   Master's degree program applicants should have a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent degree to a Bachelor's degree (or above) in China. Doctoral degree program applicants should have a Master's degree or an equivalent degree to a Master's degree (or above) in China. The students who will enroll in 2024 must obtain the nationally recognized bachelor's or master's degree (for the universities of Chinese mainland) or the authentication report issued by Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, Ministry of Education, P. R. China (CSCSE) (for overseas universities) before THU graduate student registration date of 2024, otherwise the admission qualification is invalid. Bachelor degree holders who wish to pursue doctoral degrees should meet relevant requirements.

3.   Applicants should be in good health and of good character (meet the physical examination requirements stipulated by the country and THU), be well-behaved and be willing to abide by China's laws and regulations, as well as Tsinghua's rules.

Note: The applicant shall carefully check whether he / she meets the application qualification and application requirements (including the application requirements declared by the target school/department/major/program) before applying. The relevant consequences arising from his / her failure to meet the application qualification and application requirements shall be borne by the applicant himself / herself.


Overview of our programs

1. Institute of Environment and Ecology(iEE) offers 2 Master’s Programs and 2 Doctoral Programs to international students. Master's degree programs are generally required to be completed in 2-3 years, and Doctoral degree programs in 3-4 years. For students with a Bachelor's degree who move on directly to pursue a Doctoral degree program, the study period is normally 4-5 years.

Applying Department is Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School.

Application Code, Major, Research Field and Remarks of Application are listed below.

Doctoral Programs



Remarks of Application


Environmental Science and Engineering

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) score is not required.


Environment Science and New Energy Technology

This program takes English as the medium of instruction.

These two doctoral programs accept bachelor degree holders to pursue doctoral degrees. Applicants must meet all the uniform requirements of the university, as well as the requirements of Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School listed below: Non-native English speakers must meet the minimum English proficiency requirement:TOEFL:80/ IELTS:6.5.

Doctoral Programs Catalog 2024

Tsinghua SIGS Doctoral Programs Catalog 2024.pdf


Master’s Programs



Research Field

Remarks of Application


Resources and Environmental Engineering

International Master's Program in Green Environmental Infrastructure

This program takes English as the medium of instruction.


Environment Science and New Energy Technology

Global Environment and New Energy Technology


For more program information, please refer to the Institute of Environment and Ecology Homepage


How to Apply

Applicants should complete an Online Application on THU website ( during the designated application period. Applicants should fill in the application information online, upload the application documents listed below to the Online Application System, and pay the application fee online at the time of submission.


Application Calendar (3 Rounds) Beijing Time, UTC+ 08:00

1st round: Now to 17:00 PM December 15, 2023 (Beijing time)

2nd round: 8:00 AM January 1, 2024 to 17:00 PM March 1, 2024 (Beijing time)

3rd round: 8:00 AM March 2, 2024 to 17:00 PM May 31, 2024 (Beijing time)


☆The winter break of THU will be from Jan 25,2024 to Feb 21,2024. The application system will still be available during the winter break, but online verification might be delayed due to the vacation. Applicants are therefore recommended to complete their application at least two or three weeks in advance.


Application Documents

Please upload all the documents listed below to the application system:

1. Personal statement.

The personal statement should be completed directly in the application system. PhD applicants are also required to upload a brief research experience or research plan.

2. Degree certificate and degree authentication.

Master's degree program applicants should submit their Bachelor's degree certificate. Doctoral degree program applicants should submit both their Master's and Bachelor's degree certificates. The degree diploma awarded by overseas universities should be authenticated by Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, Ministry of Education, P. R. China (CSCSE: degree diploma awarded by universities of Chinese mainland should be authenticated by Center for Student Services and Development, Ministry of Education, P. R. China (CSSD:

Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide the expected graduation certificate first, and the degree diploma and degree authentication must be submitted before registration. (Applicants who have graduated are required to provide the degree authentication at the same time.)

3. Academic transcript.

Master's degree program applicants should submit the academic transcript of their undergraduate study. Doctoral degree program applicants should submit academic transcripts of both graduate and undergraduate studies. Applicants who will not graduate before the application deadline shall provide their current academic transcript. In this case, the completed academic transcript must be submitted before registration. If the uploaded transcript cannot directly show the total GPA score, the GPA certification document issued by the university is also required.

4. HSK certificate and score report for programs offered in Chinese. 

For related requirements, please check the program remarks in the 'Catalog of Graduate Programs 2024'. Applicants who complete their undergraduate or master's studies in Chinese must provide a certificate issued by the university they graduated from. After obtaining the permission of the applied school/department, they can be exempted from submitting the HSK score certificate. Those who intend to apply for Chinese government scholarships must provide corresponding HSK score report according to the requirements of scholarship application.

5. Two academic recommendation letters

Academic Recommendation Letters from scholars who hold the title of associate professor or higher, or senior professionals in a related academic field. Please follow the instructions on the online system for submission of online recommendation letters or upload the recommendation letters signed by references.

6.  Passport (Personal ordinary-type passport): Passport information page

Applicants should present information page of personal ordinary-type passport.Those who previously held Chinese nationality and subsequently acquired foreign nationality are required to provide certificate of cancelled Chinese household registration (Hukou) and certificate of naturalized citizenship of other countries.

7.  English Resume

8.  Proof of English language proficiency: Applicants who are not native English speakers should have good English communication abilities and provide valid English Proficiency Certificate: TOEFL/ IELTS/GRE/CET/TEMetc.

9.  Other materials: such as published articles, patents, etc.

10. For information on the required documents for Bachelor degree holders who wish to pursue Doctoral degrees, please see the 'Application Instructions for Bachelor's Degree Holders to Pursue Doctoral Degrees'.


Scholarships and Assistantship

1. At present, Tsinghua University mainly provides the following scholarships for outstanding prospective full-time international graduate students.

  • Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS):

The Full CGS usually covers tuition, stipend, on-campus accommodation (or accommodation subsidy), and medical insurance. The Partial CGS includes one or a few items in the Full CGS. Annual Review is strictly required for all CGS holders.

  • Tuition Scholarship: 

For example, the Beijing Government Scholarship for International Students, covers full or partial tuition fee with a duration of one academic year. Applicants may apply for Tuition Scholarships annually (competitive).


2. iEE provides iEE New Student Scholarship and Assistantship

  • iEE New Student Scholarship.

    The Scholarship Amount Equal to full or partial tuition fee for the duration of one academic year (12 months).

    Conditions and Eligibility: International students who are pre-admitted to the full-time master's degree program at the Institute of Environment and Ecology, Tsinghua SIGS.

    For more information, please contact Institute of Environment and Ecology. 

  • iEE Assistantship

    Institute of Environment and Ecology offers different assistantship for outstanding or needy students.

Evaluation and Admission

 1.  THU admits students based on evaluation of their application documents together with a comprehensive assessment. The application materials are reviewed by an expert group, and the candidates for the comprehensive assessment will be selected based on the review results. The comprehensive assessment is generally based on interviews. The specific content, format, requirements and time arrangements will be further notified to applicants who enter the comprehensive assessment by SIGS programs.

2.   Tsinghua SIGS comprehensively considers the results of material review, comprehensive assessment and other factors, selects the best candidates, and determines the admission list. A Certificate of Admission and the appendix will be issued by THU Graduate Admissions Office after the final admission result is released. Prior to this, applicants may check their admission status via this Application System (

For more information, please refer to:

Costs (Unit: RMB Yuan)

1.  Application fee: 800 RMB.

2.  Accidental Injury and Hospitalization Insurance: 800 RMB /year.

3.  Tuition Fees of Graduate Programs:


Major/Research Fields

Tuition Fee of 2024


Environmental Science and Engineering

40,000 RMB/Year

Environmental Science and New Energy Technology


Environment Science and New Energy Technology/Global Environment and New Energy Technology

33,000 RMB/Year

Resources and Environmental Engineering/International Master's Program in Green Environmental Infrastructure

62,000 RMB/Year





Visa Application and Registration

1.   Admitted students should apply for a student visa (X1 visa) at the Embassy or Consulate of the People's Republic of China in their home country. To apply, students should provide their personal ordinary-type passport, Admission Notice and its Appendix, Visa Application for Study in China (JW201/JW202), and Physical Examination Record for Foreigners (applicants should confirm with the Chinese embassy/consulate for specific requirements).

2.    Students must enter China with an ordinary-type passport (nationality and personal information must be consistent with the passport information as applying) and X1 visa, and must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days after arrival in China. Students are required to arrive at Tsinghua University and complete their university registration during the dates indicated in the admission package.

3.   Normally, registration is held in late August or early September at ShenzhenAll students should present the required original degree certificates, and submit the degree authentication issued by THU designated institutions upon registration at Tsinghua University for enrollment qualification review. Students who fail the enrollment qualification review will be disqualified from enrollment and study at Tsinghua University.


1.    SIGS provides accommodation for all full-time graduate students. School accommodation is automatically reserved for admitted students and students do not need to apply on their own. For reference, the housing rate for 2023 is 1000 RMB per month for single bedroom and 500 RMB per month for double bedrooms. Housing rate for 2024 will be noticed upon registration.

2.    Students who wish to live off-campus are required to provide the International Students & Scholars Center ( with their address, and are responsible for completing a Registration Form of Temporary Residence for Visitors within 24 hours of moving in.



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