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UVA Exchange: Peking University
Beijing, China (Exchange Program) (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: U.Va. applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 TBA TBA
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Exact orientation dates will be provided upon acceptance by the host university. Semester end dates may vary according to exam schedules.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Off-campus, University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment at foreign institution
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Ryan Hathaway
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Asian Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Commerce, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Drama, Economics, Engineering, English Language and Literature, Environmental Sciences, Foreign Affairs, History, Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Mathematics & Statistics, Other Languages & Literatures, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology
Program Description:




Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU or Beida) is the first national university in Chinese modern history. PKU consists of 31 colleges, offering 101 undergraduate programs and 224 postgraduate programs, and 202 doctoral programs. There are approximately 30,000 degree seeking students enrolled at PKU. At any given time there are roughly 4,000 international students from over 80 countries studying at PKU--some degree seeking and some visiting students.

Coursework is offered in English and Mandarin. General Visiting Students are required to take the Chinese language proficiency exam after registration. Only those students whose results meet the standard are allowed to take specialty courses, otherwise they are suggested to study Chinese in the International College for Chinese Language Studies for one or two semesters. For those who have already passed the HSK 6 (Hanyu shuiping kaoshi) exam, the Chinese language proficiency exam will be exempted.

International students in China have separate housing from Chinese, degree-seeking students. There are different types of housing facilities at PKU. Students may live in international student dormitories or arrange independent housing. More information about campus accommodation and student life is available here.

Course Registration
The online course selection system is not available for exchange students; therefore, students should be prepared to select courses upon arrival and immigration check-in registration at Peking University. Students who are not proficient in Chinese can only be enrolled in School of Chinese as A Second Language. Students will be tested by Chinese language level and take the appropriate
PKU Chinese language courses. At the same time, those students can choose 1-2 English-taught courses at other schools/departments if the courses and quotas are available. A full course catalog (in Mandarin with some English) is available here. Lists of past courses taught in English outside the School of Chinese as a Second Language can be found here.


School of Chinese as a Second Language,
Peking University



International Student Homepage
International student information

Fall: late August - mid-January
Spring: mid-February - June

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.

Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses while on a UVA Exchange Program. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare and for researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

PKU Scholarship:
PKU will provide incoming UVA exchange students who are American citizens with a stipend of 1,700RMB (approximately $250) per month for the four months of the semester to assist with the costs of living and studying in Beijing.

Expected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI Insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

This program is currently not accepting applications.