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tsinghua.edu.cn | Updated: Sept 15, 2021

Wendy, Canadian, Chinese Language Program

In the few months that I’ve been at Tsinghua, I’ve enjoyed making friends and discovering ‘meiwei’ (delicious) food around the campus canteens. The whole process from getting my lunch card, at first not being able to read the ‘caidan’ (menu) to eventually being able to read part of the ‘caidans’, and finally ordering the food, made the experience all the more memorable.

David Janna, Colombia, Department of International Relations

I have been living and studying in China for four years. Currently I’m a student in the Department of International Relations. I’ve seen people taking pictures of their children in front of the Main Gate, the West Gate and the Old Gate. The children would tell their mothers that they want to study at Tsinghua when they grow up. To be able to study here is not only a dream for Chinese children, but I‘d like to say that it is also a dream for international students. I hope that everyone is happy every day, at Tsinghua. I hope everyone can find good friends here.

Lara Connaughton, Ireland, Schwarzman College

My name is Lara Connaughton. Currently I'm a scholar at Schwarzman College completing a Masters in Global Affairs. This year I’m the administrative chair of the student government here and we have taken part in some great events with the graduate and international students of Tsinghua. It has been fantastic meeting the Tsinghua students from both China and abroad - in the lovely canteens and cafes on campus, in some classes we take together, and through the various student societies. As my friends know back home, I was never very athletic. But there is a wonderful emphasis put on sports here. Last year, the female Schwarzman scholars set up a soccer team, and we have kept the tradition going. Being part of the Tsinghua family has been a really special experience. Even when we travel around China, no matter how far away we get from Beijing, you can be sure that everyone knows the Tsinghua name! Best of luck to all at Tsinghua in 2018 - ‘Go n- éiri an t- ádh libh’ !

Matthew, USA, Chinese Language Program

Throughout my experience at Tsinghua University I’ve had the opportunity to mingle with some of the smartest students in China, learn more about the people and culture while studying the language, and most importantly, make friends from all around the world. Tsinghua has an immense international student body, with over 3,000 students this year alone! My most memorable experience was at a Halloween party hosted by Tsinghua’s Shuo society where they provided an open bar and face-painting activities. Whether you wanted to have a skeleton face or a cup of “fruit juice”, you got it. It turned out to be a very memorable night indeed.