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Language & Culture, Peking University

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study Chinese language and culture this fall in an intensive Mandarin language program at top-ranked Peking University. This program offers beginning through advanced​ levels of instruction through the School of Chinese as a Second Language (Hanyu Xueyuan - HYXU). 
This program is for students with up to four years of previous Chinese language study.
Beijing provides the opportunity to observe first-hand the historic, yet modern and rapidly changing capital of one of the world's key players in international affairs and one of the largest economies. Explore the capital's lovely parks and architectural richness via the city's modern public transportation system. And benefit from practicing your Chinese daily on program excursions, in cultural activities and routine interactions with locals.
This program can fulfill multiple requirements for the UCEAP Peace Corps Prep program​.​​

​​​​​​​Enjoy this video of UCEAP students sharing their lives and experiences of Beijing.   ​​​​​​​​​​

Students attend classes with international students.

Language of Instruction

 (simplified characters) 

Language Study

​ language study is the focus of this program.


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.

Fall :  
​early-September to late December
This program is designed to end earlier than the regular PKU fall term.









You will live with international and UC students in a foreign student dormitory next to the Peking University campus. With Study Center approval, you may live off campus during the program.

Extracurricular Activities

​In addition to academic excellence, PKU offers great opportunities to experience Chinese culture and to enrich your studies with a myriad of activities, local tours, weekend trips, and excursions to other parts of China. These opportunities include the PKU International Culture Festival and the International Students’ New Year’s party; trips to the famous 798 Art District, the Great Wall, and Tiananmen Square; and longer excursions include a visit to Confucius’s hometown as well as Inner Mongolia and Sichuan province—everybody loves pandas, right?

As there are many activities, tours, and excursions offered each semester, the opportunities listed above are but a mere sample of what PKU offers. Additionally, each semester’s activities, tours, and excursions are unique so to keep things interesting and new.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP local staff abroad help students integrate into Chinese culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.​​

Course Opportunities

You will be placed into intensive Chinese language courses based on a language proficiency exam taken upon arrival.​ The courses focus on reading, writing, listening, and conversation in simplified standard Mandarin, Putonghua. Many students gain a full year or more of Chinese language in this semester program.
You will also be required to do a language self-assessment prior to departure with your predeparture checklist. This is for PKU planning purposes and does not determine your final placement.
Instruction is intensive. Class size average is between 10 and 20 students; some classes may be even smaller. The number of actual class hours varies depending on the specific courses, but is typically four hours per day. Chinese tutors provide individual assistance and supplement classroom instruction.
Chinese language study may be supplemented by a choice of one or two PKU courses taught in English from the PKU "On China Series"  especially designed for international students. These courses focus on Chinese topics in politics, economics, business, society, culture, history, and the environment. The specific courses are usually announced about a month before the fall term begins.
Regular PKU courses taught in English or Chinese are not open to students in this fall program. 
Use the following resources to learn more:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad; 21 quarter/14 semester UC units required; the number of courses will vary depending on your Chinese langauge ability.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​The language courses in this program are intensive with lots of homework and class hours. Most students will not have enough time to engage in research or an internship for academic credit. Non-academic community service may be more feasible for students in this program.
Though most student will not have time to participate in an internship in this programs; internships are allowed. Internships for academic credit, called UCEAP Special Study Projects, require a substantial academic component in addition to the work with the sponsoring organization. Students would be responsible for making their own arrangements and getting approval from the Beijing Study Center.

Peking University, Beijing

Peking University, Beijing 
Peking University is the first national university in modern Chinese history and is one of China’s most comprehensive and prestigious universities. “Beida,” as the university is commonly called, has thousands of international students studying alongside its own students. The university consists of five faculties: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Medicine, and Information and Engineering. Peking University also has numerous research institutes, research centers, and national laboratories. 
PKU history parallels the development and evolution of modern China. It was a major center of the revolutionary May Fourth Movement of 1919, resistance movements against the Japanese in the 1930s, political debate that foreshadowed the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s, the 1989 student democracy movement, and student protest against the U.S. destruction of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade in May 1999. Current university activities reflect China’s continued press toward economic development, understanding of associated social and cultural adjustments, environmental impacts of development, and internationalization related to China’s relationship with the world.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at PKU
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate

Language Prerequisites:

* Students must have no more than four years of previous Chinese language study.


2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

Other Eligibility Requirements:

PKU does not accept students who only have PRC, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan passport or ID for this program. Dual passport holders are okay.

Students must have no more than four years of previous Chinese language study.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by Peking University.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: