Spend your semester in Beijing, China, where history and modernity collide. This northeastern city is not only known for its ancient sites and architecture, but also for its growing modern landscape. As China’s capital city, it is not only the second largest in China, but is also known as an epicenter for culture and education. With seven UNESCO world heritage sites, 91 colleges and universities, and influence in technology, business, fashion, and art, Beijing is sure to have the experience you are looking for.
Whether you are new to studying the Chinese language, or are working hard to master it, Peking University offers a diverse range of courses that cater to all language abilities. While at your home away from home, stay in an international student dorm, where a myriad of dining options and student organizations are available to you. Peking University’s campus and dormitories are within the urban area of Beijing, a short distance from local and international eateries, and famous Chinese landmarks.
Peking University offers a wide range of courses for undergraduate students. Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended, but not required.
If you have little to no background knowledge in Chinese, you have the option of taking Chinese language courses and related courses designed for international students. If you plan to study Chinese at Peking University, you are required to complete an online self-assessment for Chinese proficiency before arrival. You will also have an interview with a Chinese teacher upon arrival.
If you are fluent in Chinese, you can enroll in the regular university courses that are taught in Chinese. Peking University offers 93 undergraduate programs.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
During the application period, you must decide whether or not you want to study Chinese.
• If you decide that you only want to take non-language courses, you cannot change your mind and add Chinese to your schedule when you arrive at Peking University.
• If you are unsure about whether you would like to study Chinese, it is better for you to add Chinese to your study plan (you can remove Chinese from your schedule when you arrive at Peking University).
* Courses differ each semester, and are assigned using a lottery system. Once admitted, you will pre-select your courses online, and the online system will select students for each course at random, based on their pre-selected courses, one day before classes start.
Review Peking University’s website for more information regarding course offerings in English.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will be housed in one of the international student dormitories on campus. Peking University offers several different dormitory options in Zhongguanyuan Global Village. The dorms are a five minute walk from major classroom buildings, and are available on a first come, first served basis. Double occupancy and triple occupancy suites are available. You will have your own room with a shared living room and bathroom. Every room includes a single bed, bedding (sheets, pillow case, etc.), desk, cabinet, bedding, air conditioning, and internet.
You may also choose to make your own housing arrangements off campus. If you’re considering living on campus, you can contact local agents in China that provide service in English.
There is no meal plan for this program. You may choose to purchase meals in the cafeteria or eat out at local restaurants. There is no public kitchen in the dorms. For safety reasons, cooking or use of electric kitchen utensils is prohibited in your dorm room.
Academic Year 2019/20
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least 2.8 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.
You must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program at Peking University.
It is not recommended for seniors to apply to this program.
Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended but not required.
If you are a Chinese citizen, or a Taiwan or Hong Kong passport holder, you are not eligible to apply.
This program is not recommended for graduating seniors. Graduating seniors can still apply, but please make sure that you have completed all necessary credits for graduation at your home university before you begin your exchange program at Peking University.
University-arranged excursions are not included in this program, but you may enjoy tourist attractions and events off campus, on your own.
Student Clubs and Organizations
There are over 100 students clubs/organizations you can join at Peking University. The clubs recruit new members on the third weekend of the semester. The International Students Divisions office also arranges trips/excursions during the semester.
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“My study abroad experience has been the highlight of my college experience without a doubt. It exposed me to new possibilities and caused me to consider what the world has to offer and not just what the U.S. has to offer in terms of my personal and future career goals. As a person, I am more educated about how to truly learn about a culture or a region, it is absolutely necessary to travel to that place and see it for yourself.”
About the City
Peking University is located in the urban setting of the metropolis of Beijing. Beijing is the capital, and one of the largest cities in China. The city is located in northeastern China, and is known for its ancient sites and modern architecture.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. If you are a U.S. citizen, you are required to obtain a visa to enter China. Please visit the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America website for further information on X1 and X2 visas.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, please consult with your government to determine whether you will need to obtain a visa to enter China. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2019/20
Academic Year 2019/2020
About the Program
Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as “Yan Yuan” (the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing. It has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education.
The University at Albany’s study abroad option at Peking University allows you to immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture by living in this vibrant neighborhood located in the western suburb of metropolitan Beijing. You can take Chinese language and related courses that are designed for international students at different levels.
The University at Albany hosts a mandatory general orientation session on campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. As a China program participant, you will also have an additional pre-departure session at UAlbany.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at Peking University, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
Peking University’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.