The program’s curriculum has been designed to build students’ leadership abilities and deepen their knowledge of China in a global context.


All Schwarzman Scholars share a core curriculum that serves as an anchor for the rest of their studies and builds connections among them as a cohort. Schwarzman Scholars will complete much of the core curriculum together early in the program, in the summer and fall of their year in Beijing. Core courses include:

  • Leadership
  • Chinese Culture, History and Values
  • History of Modern China, 1911-2011: A Century of Transformation
  • Comparative Governance
  • Leading Issues in International Relations
  • Leading Issues in the Global Economy


Each Scholar works individually with their faculty advisors to design a curricular concentration that best suits his or her academic and professional goals. A wide range of elective courses are available within the three possible concentrations – Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies. For the 2018-2019 Academic Year the Concentration Course offered are:

  • Public Policy
  • Advanced Study and Research in Global Environment Policy
  • Ambicultural Strategic Management
  • The Changing Geopolitics of Global Communication
  • China’s International Development Cooperation: Theory, Policy, and Practice
  • China’s Rise in Comparative Perspective
  • Chinese Political Institutions
  • Clean Energy Transition
  • Comparative Law in the Global Context
  • Comparative Study of International Business
  • Environment, Climate, and Governance
  • Financial Reporting & Analysis
  • Global Health Policy
  • Global Media Communications and China: Theories, Practices and Trends
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship in China
  • International Business & Development Strategies: A Modern Approach
  • Introduction to International Science & Technology Policy
  • Investing in Private Markets
  • Leading in Crisis and Disasters
  • Managing Risk — Insurance, Financial, and Accounting Perspectives
  • Political Development: A Comparative Perspective
  • Political Economy of Developing Countries
  • Power Shifts: Understanding Global Change through History
  • Reforms & Social Changes in China
  • Regions and Regionalism in World Politics
  • Strategic Planning for Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Strategic Public Management
  • U.S. — China — Europe: the Search for Order and National Advantage

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Concentrations developed from Public Policy courses will provide an introduction to the conceptual framework and practical skills necessary to succeed in public service and to understand the influence of public policy on business and civil society.

Students will sharpen their analytical skills, learn management best practices, and build the confidence and judgment needed for strong leadership. They will focus on identifying, addressing and finding solutions to pressing policy challenges and failures that impact current world affairs. The program will recruit faculty from around the world who are distinguished policy experts and/or successful public leaders.


Economics and Business concentration courses will introduce the theory and knowledge needed to prepare scholars for careers in international finance, public policy, and economic and business development in the public and private sectors.

Coursework in international trade, finance and global business will ensure that students are prepared to engage in real-world issues. The program will recruit distinguished, publicly recognized figures to serve as visiting scholars and residents at the College.


The Schwarzman Scholars International Studies concentration course offerings will provide an introduction to knowledge and skills in policy, diplomacy, security, trade, legal studies and other important drivers between China and the world. Students will have the opportunity to design a concentration in this field to explore the practical application of their knowledge on diverse international organizations and issues in the public and private sectors. The program will recruit faculty from related academic disciplines as well as internationally experienced political leaders, statesmen, business leaders and legal experts.


Mandarin instruction is offered at all levels throughout the year.  Mandarin classes are mandatory for international Schwarzman Scholars as part of orientation and in the summer and fall terms, and then become optional the remainder of the year.  International students who already speak Mandarin will have instruction to improve their writing and presentation skills.

Advanced English language instruction, focusing on writing and presentation skills, will be available for Chinese students.

Curriculum Collaboration

The Schwarzman Scholars curriculum was developed in collaboration with academic leaders from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, Duke and other prestigious universities around the world.

Taught in English and designed for students of exceptional caliber, courses will draw on some of Tsinghua University’s most accomplished professors as well as visiting scholars from leading global institutions. Entrepreneurs, policy makers and thought leaders from around the world will enrich regular classes.

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