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Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) was and still remains one of China’s most prestigious universities. Its long traditions of scholarly excellence and political activism have produced figures that have played instrumental roles in China’s post-Imperial history. The university focuses on advanced research in the natural and social sciences and its campus, which was previously an imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty, is home to the university’s 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The PKU campus has modern classrooms, recreational facilities and numerous cafeterias, as well as convenient access to Beijing’s mass transit system, all within short walking distance of each other.
As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of over 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. Beijing also has China’s largest concentration of top research institutions.
No Chinese necessary to 135 hours of college-level Mandarin Chinese or equivalent. (Check specific program for reguirements)
1 semester of college-level Chinese studies is recommended but not required
May not be citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau, even if permanent U.S. residents. Students of Chinese ancestry who hold U.S. and other foreign passports are welcome.
Programs may have alternative deadlines or extend deadlines. Confirm with your program advisor.
Visit the CIEE website. Five program options are available to choose from: Advanced Chinese Studies; Chinese Language & Society; Environmental, Cultural & Economic Sustainability; Intensive Chinese Language; and Summer Intensive Chinese Language.