Experience China firsthand, with life and study in historic and international Beijing at top-ranked Peking University (PKU). Choose to enroll for either a full year or spring semester and take classes alongside ambitious international and domestic students in either term.
Through year-long study, maximize your Chinese language skills, gain new perspectives on your field of study, and develop a much deeper understanding of China today. In the spring semester option, start or continue Chinese language study while taking a course in English on Chinese politics, society, economy, international relations, and other subjects. The spring program welcomes UC students at any language level, including beginners.
Don’t miss this opportunity to live, learn and develop connections in China, an emerging global power.
For a peek into the life of UCEAP students at PKU, check out this video
by Michael Midling.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
mid-February to late June
Pending availability, you may share a room with another UC student on campus in a PKU foreign student dormitory. With Study Center approval, you may live off campus during the academic year.
Enjoy cultural activities and excursions arranged by UCEAP. Cultural electives offered by BNU during the ILP have included Chinese calligraphy, cooking, martial arts, and painting. In addition, you will find many opportunities to explore China during festivals and university holidays.
EAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad will help you integrate into Chinese culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP 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; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
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 56 research institutes, 84 research centers, and 12 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.
Chinese language and culture is the focus of PKU programs. If you have advanced Chinese language skills, you may take Peking University courses taught in Chinese in select fields.
YEAR: Along with language classes, PKU offers courses in history, business administration, and international relations in either English or Chinese, as suited to student language ability.
SPRING: Students study Chinese language along with a course on Chinese society and culture, economics, politics, or international relations, offered in English.
The EAP curriculum is tailored for three groups of students:
- Tier 1: With limited Chinese, you take language study through the School of Chinese as a Second Language at the International College of Chinese Language Studies. Classes improve proficiency in spoken and written Chinese and discuss Chinese culture and society.
- Tier 2: If you have language skills above the level offered by the International College of Chinese Language Studies, you take courses through Peking University’s Chinese Department. Courses are taught in Chinese at a level more easily understood than that of regular university courses. With advanced language ability, especially by the second semester, you can take regular university classes.
- Tier 3: If you have native or near-native Chinese ability and score high on the language exam, you can take at least some of your courses from the university’s regular offerings taught in standard Chinese (e.g., in art, Chinese, economics, history, literature, philosophy, and political science). The Study Center hires local students as tutors who can assist you with your regular university courses.
Use the following resource to learn about EAP courses:
- EAP Program Search provides information on subject areas, requirements, and language of instruction.
- Host institution online catalogs or course listings:
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3 to 12 UC quarter/2 to 8 UC semester units
Term: 18 UC quarter/13 UC semester units per term
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
You may be able to engage in an internship and/or independent study for academic credit in this program. If you are interested, you can make arrangements with the EAP Study Center after arrival. In some cases, predeparture preparation is also required.
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 Non Resident 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 2012-13. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2012-13 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. 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
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Intensive language program
- 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.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters with a minimum language GPA of 3.00.
* Students applying to PKU year must have at least one year of Chinese language study prior to arrival with a language GPA of 3.0 or better. Students with an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency will be exempt from further language study.
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 PRC, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan passport or ID. Dual passport holders are okay.
Students applying to PKU year must have at least one year of Chinese language study prior to arrival with a language GPA of 3.0 or better. Students with an advanced level of Chinese language proficiency will be exempt from further language study.
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
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: