1. About The Partnership

How did Tsinghua and INSEAD come together to form an EMBA programme?

How different is this joint programme from the current EMBA programmes of the two schools?

The joint programme is a combination of both schools' strengths. It is specifically designed for leaders in or doing business with the Asia-Pacific region, which is reflected in the programme's content and the networking opportunities made available to participants.

The INSEAD EMBA will continue to be a global programme based at each of INSEAD's campuses, while Tsinghua's own EMBA programme is based in China. Participants in each of these three EMBA programmes (Tsinghua, INSEAD, or TIEMBA) will have the opportunity to convene both on campus and through the two schools' activities. This also reflects both schools' commitment to diversity, not only in terms of culture, but also in terms of international experience and management skills. For both INSEAD and Tsinghua, the motivation for working together is based on education and strategic goals. Each will be able to benefit from shared teaching resources, research cooperation, case writing, student exchanges, and new market penetration.

Do I need to be able to speak Chinese, French, or Arabic?

No. English is the language of instruction throughout the programme. On campus, you will hear plenty of languages spoken but in the classroom, all will be delivered and discussed in English. Other than English, there are no language requirements.

2. TIEMBA Admission Requirements

Are there specific deadlines for sending in my EMBA application?

What is the application and admissions process like?

What are the test requirements to enter the TIEMBA programme?

We require an entrance exam for the TIEMBA. There are three paths you can take: GMAT, INSEAD EMBA Admissions Test, or Tsinghua University Entrance Exam. Both INSEAD and Tsinghua's Admissions Test will require a visit to the campus. Academic transcripts and the Entrance Exam help us determine analytical skills and whether a student would benefit from engaging in preparatory work for some courses, particularly mathematically-based ones.

3. Tuition Fees & Financing

How can I fund the TIEMBA? Can I apply for a scholarship?

You can learn more about our Fees & Financing here.

4. Company Endorsement & Sponsorship

What is corporate endorsement?

Each EMBA candidate must obtain corporate endorsement once accepted to the programme. Corporate endorsement means:

  • Your employer believes that you would benefit from and thrive in the EMBA
  • Your company acknowledges the time commitment necessary to successfully complete the programme

Corporate endorsement does not necessarily mean that your employer is paying the full tuition fees for the programme.

Do I need company financial sponsorship to enrol?

While many INSEAD EMBA or Tsinghua University EMBA participants have partial or full corporate sponsorship, we expect that a number of students for this joint programme will be self-supporting or will arrange for educational loans.

Why should my company sponsor me?

The TIEMBA programme is a win-win proposal for sponsoring companies. The company invests in developing your skills, recognising your achievements, and preparing you for the executive level. At the same time you apply your learning through essays, reflection papers and, most of all, a major corporate thesis (e.g. new market entry; due diligence on an acquisition), all with faculty mentoring. Companies see substantial improvement in people and team management through the leadership development programme.

I have my own company. Do I need any other sponsor?

No. Private consultants and business owners who submit their application for the TIEMBA programme are considered self-sponsored.

5. Programme Structure

Is there a breakdown of the total time spent on the course?

The TIEMBA programme requires a significant time commitment. There are a total of twelve weeks spent on campus, and an equivalent of five weeks of off-campus assignments and preparation.

Learn more with the Programme Overview

6. TIEMBA participants

What will the class be like?

Classes are made up of 40 to 45 participants, which means that you'll get a chance to share your views in a discussion based approach.

Learn more about our Innovative Learning Environment

I haven't studied since my undergraduate degree. How difficult will the adjustment be?

Returning to an intense learning environment such as the TIEMBA, after many years in business, certainly means adjustment and a major time commitment. However, it is also a source of renewed inspiration and energy, an opportunity to consolidate a cross-continent professional network, and a real life-changing experience.

7. Miscellaneous Questions

Can I discuss the TIEMBA programme with someone before I apply?

You are welcome to contact us, at tiemba@insead.edu or at tiemba@sem.tsinghua.edu.cn to ask questions, learn about forthcoming presentation sessions, or arrange for an on-campus meeting with EMBA Faculty or Staff in Beijing, Singapore, Abu Dhabi or France.

Can I gain credit for previously completed courses?

No. The TIEMBA programme is designed such that all participants take all courses together. Even if you are an expert in a given field, you can contribute to others' learning. Similarly, they will contribute to yours in other areas. This exchange is fundamental to the vitality of the classroom and value of the programme.

Are there activities planned for the partners of EMBAs?

Yes, Tsinghua and INSEAD has organised events for TIEMBA partners. This is tailor-made for each class, so it can vary from year to year.