Study Abroad Program Overview
Don’t miss this opportunity to live, learn and develop connections in the geopolitical center of a prominent global power.
Study abroad at Peking University (PKU) with UCEAP allows you to experience the sights, sounds and expanse of China firsthand. Plus, successful study at this top-ranked institution in the historic and international city of Beijing will add a notable accomplishment to your resume.
Choose to come for either a full year or semester study. In either case, students take classes alongside ambitious international and domestic students on the lovely PKU campus.
- Through year-long study, maximize your Chinese language skills, gain new perspectives on your field of study, and develop a deeper understanding of China and the world today.
- In the fall or spring semester study, continue Chinese language study while taking a course taught in English on Chinese politics, society, economy, international relations, and other subjects.
- If your Chinese is advanced, you may take courses taught in Chinese at PKU in the year or spring options.
- Internships are available fall, year, spring or spring+summer.
PKU Scholarships: All UCEAP participants in the year or fall 2017 semester at PKU will receive a $2,000 scholarship! See the Cost page
For a peek into the life of UCEAP students at PKU, check out this video by UCEAP participant Michael Midling.
And enjoy this new video 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.
Coursework taught in Chinese is not available in the fall as the courses are taught on a different calendar so are not open to UCEAP students.
language study is required each semester unless you are fluent and are taking courses taught in Chinese.
Chinese language study is the focus of the fall program.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
early September to late December
mid-February to late June
early September to late June
The fall option is for language study and coursework taught in English from the On-China series. Regular coursework taught in Chinese is not open.
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 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.
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. A UCEAP Resident Director and 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, and independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and more.
Chinese Language Study
For many students, the focus of the Peking University (PKU) program is study of Chinese language taught in simplified characters and Chinese area studies. A placement exam is held each 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.
The Chinese language and some On-China courses are scheduled to finish in December for the fall program.
Coursework Taught in Chinese
Coursework taught in Chinese is not open to students in the fall program as the courses are taught on a different calendar.
If you are in the year or spring programs and 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 may be supplemented by a choice of one or two PKU courses taught in English. The PKU "On China Series
" consists of English-taught courses especially designed for international students. These courses focus on Chinese topics in politics, economics, business, society, culture, history, the environment, and both scientific and technological development. The courses are taught by outstanding professors of Peking University and its partner universities. Open to both local and international students, each class is a chance to get a new perspective on Chinese studies and learn alongside students from throughout the world.
In addition, PKU offers English-taught courses, which are part of the PKU students' regular degree curriculum. These courses are comprehensive and are first open to local students after which enrollment for international exchange (UCEAP) students is open, subject to availability.
The PKU Yenching Academy is an interdisciplinary college that offers master's level courses taught in English. Access for non-degree students is limited. UCEAP students may be able to enroll in one course per semester, class space permitting.
Use the following resources to learn more:
Learn first-hand about Chinese politics, the economy and international relations both within and outside the classroom, as you study, live and pursue internships in Beijing.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 21 quarter/14 semester UC units per term minimum required; the number of courses will vary depending on the types of courses you take.
The minimum number of units will increase from 18 to 21 per term starting fall 2017 when the summer ILP is no longer required.
Research and Independent Study
You may be able to engage in independent study for academic credit in this program. If you are interested, you can make arrangements with the Study Center after arrival. Predeparture preparation may be required.
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.
- More opportunities
Please note - Current internship offerings may vary; you are encouraged to your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
“TEDxBeijing offers an awesome internship experience! There are many opportunities to learn and relative freedom to decide what kind of fields and activities you want to be involved with. The staff are creative and thought-provoking. It is a great chance to employ and develop many of your skills and talents. My main responsibilities were content research, content review, and speaker coaching.” --UCEAP Participant Spring 2016
Setting Up Your Internship
- You are encouraged to set up your own internship prior to arrival.
- UCEAP has learned from UC Career Center websites and previous EAP participants that the following sites might provide information or assistance for service opportunities in China: JingJobs, ForeignerCN, eChinaJobs, ForeignHR.
- Be among the first to tell us about your internship abroad in China.
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 *
* 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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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
PKU fall semester participants will receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2017-18 academic year! See other eligible program terms here.
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
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
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
3.00 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 Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan passport or ID. PRC passport holders and dual passport holders are okay.
Successful completion of a course on China is highly recommended.
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.
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: