Study Abroad Program Overview
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study and gain work experience in the Chinese capital, Beijing.
Spring study abroad at Peking University (PKU) gives you the experience of the sights, sounds and expanse of China firsthand. You first take classes alongside ambitious international and domestic students on the lovely PKU campus during the spring term. Then you will work alongside others in a nearby business, organization or within the PKU start-up community at a summer internship. The internship tab provides examples of possible internship placements, including past companies such as Intel.
The program will help you maximize your Chinese language skills, gain new perspectives on your field of study, begin your transition from study into a career, and develop a deeper understanding of China and its role within the world today.
Successful study at this top-ranked institution and work in the historic and international city of Beijing will add a notable accomplishment to your resume. Applications are reviewed and final acceptance will be made by Peking University.
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of UCEAP students sharing their lives and experiences of Beijing.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
There are a small number of courses in regular departments taught in English each term. Most PKU courses are taught in Chinese.
language study is required during the spring term unless you are fluent and are taking courses taught in Chinese.
Spring + Summer Internship
mid-February to late August
Learn firsthand about Chinese politics, its economy and international relations both within and outside the classroom, as you study, live and then pursue an internship in Beijing.
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. More information on housing
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 about 10 activities, tours, and excursions offered per 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.
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; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; and housing.
During the spring semester UCEAP students participate in Chinese language study, coursework taught in Chinese, and coursework taught in English. During the summer students engage in a full-time internship for eight weeks with an online course documenting the project done and associated learning outcomes. Maximizing Chinese language skills in advance of the summer will increase what you contribute and what you gain in the internship.
Chinese Language Study
For many students, a major focus of the spring program is study of Chinese language taught in simplified characters. A placement exam is held at the start of the semester to determine the students' Chinese placement. There are comprehensive and specialized courses that include newspaper reading, grammar, writing, cinema, and more.
Students with limited Chinese take language courses through the School of Chinese as a Second Language at the International College of Chinese Language Studies (CLC). Classes improve proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and discuss Chinese culture and society.
Students with language skills above the level offered by CLC take courses through PKU's Chinese Department. These courses are taught in Chinese at a level more easily understood than that of regular university courses.
Coursework Taught in Chinese
If you have advanced Chinese language skills, you are eligible to take regular Peking University courses in select fields taught in Chinese. Students who plan to take regular Chinese-taught undergraduate courses should have the new HSK 6 certificate (180 points or higher); or they can pass the PKU Chinese Language Placement Test, which is held at the beginning of each semester.
Coursework Taught in English
Chinese language study is supplemented by a choice of one or two PKU courses taught in English.
The PKU "On-China Series" consists of English-taught courses designed for international students. These courses focus on Chinese topics in politics, economics, business, society, culture, history, and the environment. The courses are taught by outstanding professors of Peking University and its partner universities. Open to both Chinese and international students, each class is a chance to learn alongside students from throughout the world.
In addition, PKU offers English-taught courses, which are part of the PKU students' regular curriculum. These courses are comprehensive and are first open to local students after which enrollment for international exchange (UCEAP) students is subject to availability.
Internship Service Course
All participants can search for their own preferred internship or will be placed by PKU in a local start up company that is run by a PKU alumni. These companies are located in the nearby Zhongguancun zone that contains 189 listed companies, 40 colleges and universities including Peking University, Tsinghua University and more than 200 national scientific institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
The summer internship will allow students to work with a supervisor setting goals and objectives for the 8-week company placement. Academic credit will be given for the hours and services provided, as documented through an online course. Credit will be given in a discipline related to the nature of the work placement and tasks assigned. This course will be offered on a P/NP basis, unless students provide documentation to UCEAP from their home UC department that major credit can only be given for an internship taken for a letter grade.
Use the following resource to learn more:
UC students have been providing service for credit in a number of fields in Beijing in recent years. See the Internships tab above to see the types of organizations with which they have worked.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Spring Term: 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per term minimum required; the number of courses will vary depending on the types of courses you take.
Summer Internship:10 quarter/6 semester UC units; Credit for this course will provided on a P/NP basis unless UC major credit requires a letter grade.
Research and Independent Study
You will engage in an service internship for academic credit in the second half of this program.
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.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
- Potential internship placements include companies such as TopU, Beijing HUA Law Firm, IZP Technologies, DayDayUp, Tsinghua Sunshine, GMGC online games development, Inno Tree investment consultation, and Beijing Aeonmed.
- PKU is in the process of ongoing consultations with other start-ups and companies. The list will be updated as information becomes available.
Setting Up Your Internship
- If you have particular interests, you are encouraged to begin looking at options prior to departure to Beijing
- Peking University can also assist with securing and confirming an internship after arrival.
- Be among the first to tell us about your internship abroad in China.
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These expenses are estimated for 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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:
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.
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at Peking University
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for China
Chinese Ministry of Education Scholarships
The Chinese government provides scholarships for US students to study at many of the country's top universities. They are offered by the China Scholarship Council under the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). These scholarships cover all in-country costs, including tuition, housing and an appropriate stipend. Find out more
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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: