(Original post by highworld)
Academic caliber: high, but not on the same level as American or British schools. I would also note that I do not believe the English programs to be of the same caliber as the Chinese taught programs. These English grad programs are all very new, e.g. MID only half a decade old. I don't think a program at least about 5 times younger than its students can be too much of an established one. They are part of something called the MacArthur foundation, but not sure how much that means and it's inclusion probably had more to do with the school's brand. There are some pros here of course; 1. your in China and China is hot, so to speak so you'd be putting yourself right in the middle of the world's biggest commerce center, 2. In two years, you can be fluent in Chinese. If you're set on it, no doubt. 3. Your bound to make some good connections
Relative to some of the other english grad programs, MID appears to be one of the better looking ones, there's more coursework, 3 semesters entailing 45 hours instead of two with 30ish or less, you get one semester off to work on your thesis, not two (which is entirely too long by any measure) and I think they may even require an internship, the elective course offering is also a little broader than some of the other programs. I'm comparing the MID program to the other english programs in general.
Student body: This may sound mean, but the student body is your stereotypical nerdy Chinese student. I don't condone stereotyping or discrimination, but i know what the stereotypes are and you will encounter many of those types here. If you have any Chinese friends, they will have probably already told you this. The students here have basically studied beyond belief to get into Tsinghua and social apptitude or appearance is something that drifted into the background while accomplishing their goal of getting into Tsinghua. You probably already know that Tsinghua is the dream school, domestically, of most Chinese students. If your Chinese is not at an advanced level, you will most definitely have a hard time assimilating and making friends with them. It happened to me more than once that when I spoke English to someone they literally became frightened and walked away or just said 不是 不是 and acted like they did not know what language I was speaking. That said, there are more progressive, internationally minded Chinese nationals at Tsinghua that you may meet.
btw, social scene sucks, absolutely no house parties, everything is far away, alcohol quality's below average, etc....if you can make it to Sanlitun, that might be your only respite. I may have a bit of a representative bias though since I spent 4 amazing years at arguably the most "socially adept" university in America. I studied business there on an exchange program.
Disclaimer: My typos, grammatical errors, and lack of proofreading in no way, shape, or form reflect the quality of education I received at the University of Texas. Heaven knows I've written too many academic papers to care about posting quality on TSR, lol.