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Founded in 1988, the International Center for Chinese Language and Culture at Tsinghua University has now over 100 faculty members, and they all hold a M.A. or Ph.D. degree. Since its inception, it has had more than 8,000 international students to study Chinese language and culture in its long-term programs, and more than 5,000 in its short-term programs. 
 
Tsinghua University is the cradle for teaching the Chinese language to internationals in New China, the prelude to which was the fact that a group of diplomats from East European countries came to study Chinese at Tsinghua half a century ago. Since the 1980s, with the deepening of the “open-door” policy, teaching Chinese to internationals has taken on added significance as an important cause of our nation to pursue, and has become a brisk and lively component of higher education in China. Closely following the general agenda of the university to build itself into an open world-class university, the Center will continue to increase our enrollment for international students and teaching quality, and in the meantime, to lead the international students to have an objective and positive picture of China, and encourage them to pursue higher degrees.
 
The Center has already formed many links with universities in the USA, Japan, Korea, and the UK, etc. The Center, in cooperation with these universities, has offered short-term accredited Chinese language courses, and has also sent Chinese teachers to teach at the partnering foreign universities. In addition, the Center worked together with the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE) to establish the Confucius Institute for Business, and also popularized the teaching of Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong and Macau. The Center also provides academic level accredited courses for Tsinghua University’s international students, studying for Masters, or PhD. In 2010, The Center together with Tsinghua University's Chinese Language Department, applied for and successfully became qualified to award a Masters in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL).
 
Currently, our program consists of classes at nine course levels across six grades (grades 0-5) to suit all levels of students--from beginners to intermediate learners to advanced level Chinese speakers.
 
The Center enrolls students twice every year, and international students can get the application form by contacting the Office of International Students at Tsinghua University, and they should contact the same office for their visa application too.
Currently, the director of the Centre is Professor Sun Mingjun, and the associate directors are Professor Ding Xia, Associate Professor Dong Shiwei, Associate Professor Liu Dong.
 
Address:International Center for Chinese Language and Culture, Tsinghua University , Beijing, China
Postal code:100084
Tel:86-10-6278 2841/6277 1506/6279 4540
Fax:86-10-6278 4534
Email:hanyuzhx@tsinghua.edu.cn