FAQ: Your questions answered
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Global Business Journalism Program?
What is the Global Business Journalism Program?
GBJ is an English-language master’s program offered by Tsinghua University that is designed to equip students with a wide variety of skills and knowledge critical to success in the expanding field of business journalism worldwide.
The program, created in 2007, is a partnership between Tsinghua University, China's top institution of higher education, the International Center for Journalists, a respected organization known for high-quality journalism training around the world, and Bloomberg News, the world's leading source of business and financial news.
How long does it take to get your GBJ degree?
GBJ is a two-year full-time program that combines knowledge studies with practical internship experiences, and it is offered at the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication in Beijing, China.
When can I apply to the program?
Applications for the upcoming academic year begin in early November and last until mid-March. The first round of applications ends on December 31. Early applicants have a better chance of receiving scholarships. Students enter in the fall semester each year. Orientation begins in late August.
What kind of applicant will benefit from this program?
The program is tailored to passionate candidates who demonstrate both academic competency and aspire to be journalists, in general, business journalists specifically, or any other job that requires an expertise in China or international economics.
How difficult is the program?
The program is designed to challenge smart students from around the world. You are not required to have a background in English news writing or economics to enter the program, but you are expected to master English writing, both academic and journalistic, and to gain a solid knowledge of business and economics during your stay at Tsinghua.
Do I have to speak and write fluent English?
Yes. You must be adjudged proficient in English by an international test if you are not a native English speaker. You are attending a master's degree program in English at the top university in China. You are expected to write English fluently and to be able to participate in class discussions in English.
Are all the classes taught in English?
Do I have to speak and write Mandarin Chinese?
No, you do not need to be a Chinese speaker to attend the program. However, familiarity with Mandarin is an asset, and we welcome bilingual applicants. All international students are required to take Chinese language during their time in Global Business Journalism. A placement test will determine your level.
How much does it cost to attend?
The cost of the program changes each year, but the cost for tuition, fees and living expenses for the 2019-2020 academic year is about $8,000 USD.
How many students are in the program?
About 100. There are approximately 20 international students and 20 Chinese students enrolled in the program each year. For international students, it is a two-year program. For Chinese students, it is a three-year commitment.
What are my chances of admission?
It depends on the quality and quantity of the applicants. Outstanding applicants have a strong chance of gaining admission. Professional journalism experience is an advantage.
The Global Business Journalism program application requires applicants to submit a personal statement. Do you have any advice on what should be included?
The personal essay should be at least 500 words and has no maximum length. It should be written clearly and concisely, displaying your mastery of English. The personal statement should let us know more about you, your background, your motivation for joining the Global Business Program and how Global Business Journalism will help you achieve your goals in life. If possible, please discuss your journalism and/or business background and tell us what you will bring to a diverse, dynamic program.
Where do GBJ students live?
Most of our students live on campus in the Zijing dormitory. A few students choose to live off-campus.
Is Beijing safe?
Beijing has a very low crime rate. It is safe to travel anywhere in the city at any hour.
What is most distinctive about life in Beijing?
If you did not grow up in China, you will be immersed in Chinese culture during your stay at Tsinghua. Our students do not live in an international-community "bubble." Be ready to learn new things and delve into a different and distinctive culture. Beijing is a huge city. For non-Chinese students, that generally means that you should get ready for large crowds, busy subways and a fast pace of life. Plus great food and exciting tourist opportunities.
What resources does the school have?
Tsinghua has a state of the art "Future Media Lab," and Global Business Journalism benefits from our Bloomberg News Lab in the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication. Ten Bloomberg terminals are available to our students free of charge. GBJ students also can borrow the latest equipment from the journalism school.
In addition to modern equipment, students are able to network with key influencers in the journalism field, and are mentored by world-class faculty. Bloomberg News offers training, internships, mentorships and a lecture series.
Does the censorship of Chinese media affect the program?
Will I get a job easily after I graduate?
No college degree ever can guarantee you a job, but your graduates have been exceptionally successful in journalism, new media, technology, finance, public relations, NGOs, and government jobs. Our alumni network is ready to assist new graduates in their efforts to land exciting jobs.
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