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Summer Service and Learning Programme in Rural China

The Summer Service and Learning Programme in Rural China (SSLP) was established by Tsinghua University in 2006. From 2006 to 2016 a total of 1,980 students and 336 faculty members from Tsinghua University and 969 international students and faculty members have been assigned to rural counties as part of the programme.

Programme summary

Every summer, Tsinghua University recruit about 120 Tsinghua volunteers and 120 international volunteers who show a sincere commitment to voluntary work. Volunteers are to be dispatched in 20 teams and perform their service in 20 counties throughout various locations in rural China. Each team will consist of one Tsinghua teacher, five Tsinghua students and six non-Tsinghua volunteers. Volunteers can provide diversified services to the local students in those rural counties, including English teaching, culture lectures and intercultural communication exercises. Volunteers will convey a message of support and hope to locals. At the same time, “cultural immersion” will allow volunteers to actually participate in the daily life of a new culture throughout the whole programme. New cultures and traditions await as the volunteers fill their days with new discoveries and rich experiences. 

Programme details

Location:  Beijing and Various Rural Counties and Provinces throughout China

Duration: 3 weeks

Dates:  July 9th (arrival in Beijing) through July 29th 2017

Participation requirements

Gender Requirement: None

Language & Proficiency Requirement: English.There is no Chinese language requirement.

Required Experience: None but ideal candidates will have experience or interest in rural issues or development issues, as well as experience living in rural conditions (or camping) and/or experience in diverse cross-cultural teams or settings.

Major Requirement: None but preferred candidates are those with stated or intended academic interests in voluntary work or social work and/or Asian studies and/or languages.

Student Minimum Age: 16 years old

Registration fee

Participants are responsible for payment of the following items: a non-refundable registration fee $590 in US dollar, round-trip air travel to and from Beijing, appropriate health insurance for the duration of the program.

Housing and lodging information

Tsinghua University will provide the basic transportation,housing and accommodation during the programme in China. During orientation in Beijing, participants are housed at the Overseas Student Dormitory on the Tsinghua University campus. While completing the service learning projects in rural China, participants stay in local accommodations arranged by local schools. These would typically be student dormitories in rural schools. Accommodations are basic and spartan. Bedding, mosquito netting, and other basic necessities will be provided. WiFi is non-existent and internet availability unlikely.

About the visa

Applicants need to submit the copy of the passport information page, Tsinghua University will issue the invitation letter for foreign applicants, applicants can use this letter to apply the visa at the nearest Chinese Embassy. Both “X2” and “F” are accepted by this programme.

About the certificate

Volunteers who complete the programme and submit the reflection are eligible to receive a certificate for the contribution to the programme, issued by Tsinghua University.


Partner institutions and campus coordinators need to submit:

  • Application form;
  • Scanned copy of every participant’s passport personal information page;
  • Liability waiver agreement.

Individual applicants need to submit:

  • An application form
  • A scanned copy of Student Card or the transcript
  • Liability waiver agreement.

After applicants get the confirmation from Tsinghua, please submit a scanned copy of passport personal information page, it will be used to issue the invitation letter and buy the train tickets to rural sites,etc.

Closing date for applications: June 20th 2017.

Emails need to be sent to the following individual:

Ms. Jiao Yiju (Daisy), Email:

Phone number is:(+86 10)6278-3671       

Mobile: (+86)13910773665