An international research experience

Participate in research with faculty on-campus for a summer at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Gain exposure to China and Chinese culture with opportunities to learn more about the country, culture and research approaches.

This program is funded by a generous contribution from Viterbi Alumnus Feng Deng, who understands the importance of collaborative exchanges between two outstanding research institutions. The goal of this program is to provide students who have had very little exposure to China or Chinese culture with opportunities to learn more about the country, culture, and research approaches.

This is a highly selective undergraduate research program, with a limit on the number of students selected to participate.

If chosen to participate in the program, you are expected to be flexible, adaptable, committed to academics, and able to appreciate the unique differences of cultures in China. If selected, you will serve as an ambassador of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Benefits of Research Abroad

Conduct research at Tsinghua University

Matched with a current Tsinghua faculty member

Partner with a Tsinghua student

Explore Chinese culture through immersive experiences

Gain a more global perspective of engineering


Application Deadline: December 2, 2022

Selection: End of January 2023

Program: 6 weeks, June – July 2023

Application Requirements

Current USC copy of your STARS report, supplemented by a list of any recently completed courses not yet posted

One recommendation letter from USC faculty indicating why they are supporting you to conduct research in China

Statement of your interests in doing research over the summer in China

Information on research you have been involved with to-date either on campus or through other program

Copy of your most recent resume

Please note: You must be a Viterbi student at time of application and at the start of the program to be eligible. The University is currently reviewing how it will proceed with international programs for summer 2023.  This trip is dependent on university guidelines. Viterbi and the university both reserve the right to postpone or cancel this program.


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Program Highlights

Visa Cost Reimbursement


Weeks over the summer

Welcome Reception & Campus Tour


Stipend for airfare, housing, and living expenses

On-Campus, Dormitory-Style Accommodations


Hours per week in research lab

This program did not only provide a lot of academic and professional development, but also personal development.

- Wilson Lin

These six weeks at Tsinghua University and Beijing have widened my horizons and worldview.

- Kai Yamamoto

The best part of my experience this summer was the chance to immerse myself in a new culture.

- Kelsey Kelliher

My research experience at Tsinghua was a growth-stimulating experience not only intellectually, but also culturally, and even at times emotionally.

- Michael Caselden

Published on July 18th, 2018

Last updated on November 9th, 2022