China’s Environmental Challenges: Summer Course in Beijing

August 6-19, 2017
Beijing, China

The Harvard-China Project and Environmental Science and Public Policy Program will provide full scholarships for thirty Harvard undergraduates to participate in the Tsinghua University School of Environment summer program from August 6 to August 19, 2017, in Beijing, China. This two-week intensive, non-credit summer program on China’s environmental challenges is hosted by Tsinghua University School of Environment and extensively shaped and co-organized by the Harvard-China Project. The thirty Harvard undergraduates will be joined by eighty other students from China and other countries in the program.

The program offers participating students a unique chance to explore various environmental and climate change issues in China, including clean energy, air pollution, waste water management, and urban sustainability, through: site visits to clean tech companies, water and power facilities, and a government climate institute; guest talks by local environmental actors; and academic lectures and discussions led by Tsinghua and Harvard faculty.

Students will receive training in innovative thinking, and will be broken up into groups with local and other international students to integrate their learning and insights into a final group project that presents a creative solution to an existing environmental issue in China. They will also have opportunities to spend the weekend in Shandong province, three hours by train from Beijing, and visit Confucius’s hometown, as well as to visit other cultural and historical sites.

Current Harvard undergraduate students are eligible to apply; however, priority is given to returning students (i.e. students who are currently freshmen, sophomores, and juniors). Space is limited; ESPP, ESE, EPS, and Energy & Environment Secondary Field students receive priority, but we welcome applications from all concentrations.

Scholarship and Other Details
All trip costs, including roundtrip airfare, accommodation expenses, and tuition fee, will be covered. A $250 non-refundable deposit for the trip is required. If any student has a difficulty paying the deposit due to their financial situation, please contact Tiffany Chan

Students will stay in on-campus dormitories at Tsinghua University. This course is taught in English.

Questions? Contact Tiffany Chan, Program Administrator at the Harvard-China Project, at

Application deadline: February 13, 2017

Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment, based at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is an interdisciplinary research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, energy system, and economy, collaborating with researchers at Chinese universities and across the schools of Harvard

For more information about the China Project, visit:

This summer program was made possible thanks to major support from the Harvard Global Institute.