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09/08/2014 - 01/17/2015
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04/01/2014
Credit:
13 - 16 semester / 19.5 - 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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02/23/2015 - 07/05/2015
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Extended to: 11/15/2014
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13 - 16 semester / 19.5 - 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

You’ve heard of Tiananmen Square, the site of many major world events – now see its grandeur up close. On CIEE’s Advanced Chinese Studies program, this is just one of the historic sites you’ll visit during eye-opening excursions. You’ll also significantly improve your Mandarin during classes and weekly sessions with Chinese peer tutors – then put your language skills into action during volunteering and cultural activities. Want to dive into research? You can do that, too – and only with CIEE.

Study abroad in Beijing and you'll:

  • Enroll in the prestigious Peking University, choosing among courses offered in the School of International Studies, the Guanghua School of Management, and schools of science, engineering, economics, and mathematics, Chinese literature, and more
  • Advance your Chinese to a professional level through personal tutorials and Chinese-language meals with tutors and staff
  • Join cultural activities and lectures in Beijing and extended weekend trips that focus on specific topics of interest around China
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies
  • Wollitzer Merit Scholarships in Area or Comparative Studies

    For high-achieving students who want to study in one of 19 locations in Africa, Asia, or Latin America, or pursue comparative studies in such areas as religion or business

  • Bowman Travel Grants
  • Bowman Travel Grants

    For students who want to pursue study abroad in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, or Latin America, and who demonstrate financial based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Enroll in a curriculum that’s as challenging as it is diverse. In addition to a CIEE Advanced Research and Writing course, you’ll enroll in one of Peking University’s many schools or departments, such as the School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Physics, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of History, School of International Studies, School of Economics, Guanghua School of Management, or School of Journalism and Communication. Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, painting, seal carving, and martial arts are also offered each semester.

Excursions and Cultural Activities

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Your experience wouldn’t be complete without journeys to cultural destinations and events in and around Beijing. Visit historic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. During two extended weekend excursions, you might travel to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors and Great Mosque, or spend a day hiking. Choose a study tour with a theme that interests you – maybe a visit to Shanghai to study modern architecture and manmade landscape or a trip off the beaten path to a rural area in Shanxi Province to explore environment and rural governance. Plus, CIEE organizes exciting cultural activities around the city. You might attend plays, rock music performances, or art exhibitions and much more.

Volunteering

Want to give back to your host community and get to know some locals? You could take a day trip to an autism institute in eastern Beijing to create crafts, share a meal, and engage children on the playground. Or you might teach English weekly at a school for blind children.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (19 wks)
04/01/2014
09/08/2014
01/17/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$14,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,174
Housing ***
$2,450
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students in homestays are invited to family meals four times a week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,100
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$1,750
Other ***
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Spring 2015 (19 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2014
02/23/2015
07/05/2015
$14,250

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,174
Housing ***
$2,450
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students in homestays are invited to family meals four times a week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,100
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$50
Personal expenses
$1,750
Other ***
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Spring 2016
10/15/2015
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015 (43 wks)
09/08/2014
07/05/2015

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
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$27,100

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$21,574
Housing ***
$4,900
Insurance
$113
Visa Fees
$213

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students in homestays are invited to family meals four times a week

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,200
International Airfare **
$1,650
Local Transportation
$600
Books & Supplies
$100
Personal expenses
$3,500
Other ***
$150

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in dormitory; homestay students may spend less as they are typically invited to family meals four times during the week

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** onsite visa change/extension fee; for academic year students or for those that do not receive a multiple entry visa or a visa to cover the duration of the program pre-departure.

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Superior level Chinese*.
  • Junior standing and above.
  • Peking University will not accept students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau. This includes those who are permanent U.S. residents.
  • Peking University will not accept students over the age of 45.

*Students must take the initial PKU placement test in Beijing to qualify for direct enrollment. Students who speak and write at the superior level on the ACTFL scale are likely to pass the PKU placement test. These students have typically completed at least eight semesters of college-level Chinese or its equivalent. Study abroad students who do not pass this test are required to switch to the Intensive Chinese Language program at the CIEE Study Center at Peking University and take Chinese language courses with CIEE and other international students. Students are strongly encouraged to provide a current HSK (National Chinese Language Proficiency Test) score along with their application to expedite the admissions process. HSK tests should be taken within one year prior to applying to the program. Students who have already received an intermediate B certificate or above on the HSK advanced exam may be exempt from the PKU language proficiency exam. HSK testing sites, which are available throughout the U.S., typically offer testing once each year in the spring or fall.

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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 13 - 16 semester/19.5 - 24 quarter hours

Courses vary in credits and contact hours. Specific details are in the program handbook given to enrolled students. Although the U.S. higher education system follows a fairly consistent ratio of 15 contact hours per semester-hour of credit, systems around the world vary considerably. Three contact hours per week in any given system may involve much more total effort or significantly less total effort than what is implied by three hours in the U.S. CIEE credit recommendations are based on an evaluation of the total effort required for each course. The Chinese educational system generally requires more self-directed reading per each hour in class than U.S. institutions.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students must take at least three Peking University courses each semester in addition to the required CIEE course. Academic year students do not repeat the CIEE course in their second semester.

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About the City

About The City

As China’s capital and cultural center, Beijing is arguably China’s most important city. With a population of 22 million and counting, people from all over China and the world have flocked here for new opportunities as China’s economy and international power grow. Beijing is home to some of China’s most treasured historical sites, like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. The cosmopolitan city also has a lively arts scene, and boasts the highest concentration of top research institutions and technology companies.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Patrick Lucas

Center Director

Patrick Lucas, Ph.D., graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oregon, with bachelor’s degrees in computer and information science, Chinese, and linguistics. He also holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Oregon, and a doctorate from Minzu University in Beijing in cultural anthropology. He is the first Western graduate student to obtain an advanced degree at the university. His research interests include identity, historical memory and narrative, boundaries and symbolic systems, as well as cultural survival and endangerment. Patrick has been leading study abroad and international education programs in Beijing since 1995.

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During the last 30 years, in addition to numerous deep-reaching social and political changes, China has engaged in an immense and unprecedented experiment of explosive economic transformation. This has led to significant improvement in the material lives of many millions of people, but not without substantial social and environmental costs. China is a country that has a vast and still growing population of 1.4 billion people, and in this case, Western models of development simply have limited parallel or application. China is finding its own way, step by step, into an uncertain future. The need for sustainable practices in China is acute, and the consequences of failure to do better will not only compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, but will also impact current generations living today. Of course, China is part of the world – whether as a consumer of the world’s reserve of fossil fuels and producer of carbon emissions, or as a commercial powerhouse and manufacturer of products for the world. Thus, what happens in China not only impacts other regions and peoples, but China, as a critical case study, also teaches us about fundamental principles and issues related to sustainability, with potential application to regions across the world.

Come to learn about this important issue and the sweeping changes impacting diverse ethnicities and communities in China – come to learn about the problems and solutions, conflicts and compromises, different discourses and questions about identity, survival, and the future of a nation. Come to engage the many complex faces of contemporary China.

— Patrick Lucas, Ph.D., Center Director

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Yan Jing

Office and Tutorial Coordinator

Yan Jing, holds a bachelor's degree in Information and Computing Sciences from the China University of Mining and Technology in Beijing, and a master's in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Peking University, with a focus on cross-cultural communication. She was a volunteer at the Olympics and Special Olympics in Beijing in 2008. She has been working for CIEE since fall 2011.

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Li Tao

Language and Culture Practicum Coordinator

Li Tao, holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and literature from Jiangnan University, and a master's in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Capital Normal University. She has been working for CIEE since spring 2012. She also taught Chinese to children in Davao, Philippines, for one year.

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John Urban

Student Services Coordinator

John Urban, holds bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been working for CIEE since fall 2011. He was a yearlong participant in the CIEE Intensive Chinese Language program at Peking University during his final year of college.

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Xie Yuanyuan

Intensive Chinese Language Program Assistant and Homestay Coordinator

Xie Yuanyuan, holds a bachelor's degree. in English and literature from Bohai University, and a master's in teaching Chinese as a second language from the College of International Education at Minzu University of China. She has been working for CIEE since spring 2012. Before joining CIEE, she taught English language and literature to officers in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Artillery Command Academy.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Peking University (PKU)

Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU) remains one of China’s most prestigious universities. A long tradition of scholarly excellence and political activism has produced graduates who have played instrumental roles in China’s post-Imperial history. The university focuses on advanced research in the natural and social sciences and its campus, which was previously an imperial garden during the Qing Dynasty, is home to 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The campus has modern classrooms and recreational facilities, numerous cafeterias, and convenient access to Beijing’s mass transit system – all within short walking distance.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students live in either the PKU foreign student complex – Zhongguanyuan Global Village dormitory – or in a homestay. Students may not live in accommodations that are not arranged by CIEE.

Zhongguanyuan Global Village - Living conditions in Zhongguanyuan Global Village are inviting and comfortable with standard amenities such as beds, desks, armoires, private bathrooms, and Internet access. Shared kitchens also are available, but the location varies by building. Students live in suite-style units and each student has his/her own private bedroom. Each unit shares a common living space and bathroom, and depending on the layout, students will live with one to two other roommates. Roommates are CIEE students or other international students.

Homestay - Homestays are located within 45 minutes from campus by public transportation and have two or three bedrooms. Students have their own room and share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom (in some host families, students may have their own bathroom). Students are invited to family meals typically four times during the week, but should budget for other meals, including lunch on campus and meals not eaten with host families. Chinese family members speak Chinese only. The host family option is highly recommended for students who want to establish relationships with Chinese people, live in an entirely Chinese language environment, and to make rapid progress in Chinese language and culture study.

Housing for Yearlong Students

Housing for academic year study abroad students between the fall and spring semesters is arranged and included in the program fee. This is to encourage students to stay in China during the break and to continue improving their Chinese language skills.

Meals

Meals are not included in the program fee for students living in the dormitory and are the responsibility of the student. Students usually eat at the student cafeterias or at inexpensive restaurants in and around campus.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Beijing before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and university, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the predeparture orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives, so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress toward your goals.

A mandatory orientation session conducted at the beginning of the program introduces you to the academic culture at PKU and life in China. Several group sessions involving CIEE students and peer tutors are included as an integral part of orientation. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis by CIEE staff throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Students can use the wireless network when at the program office to connect to the Internet via PCs with the Windows operating system, and Macintosh computers with OS X. Currently, students have wired Internet access in student dormitory rooms via the Peking University campus network. Since there is no Wi-Fi in dormitory rooms, students must connect to the Internet using an ethernet cable. The Internet usage fee in the dormitory is included in the CIEE program fee. Each host family will have Internet access for students at no extra charge, although availability of Wi-Fi varies by family.

Wi-Fi access is available at some other locations on campus, but Internet access can be quite erratic and slow at times. Internet is also available at some restaurants or coffee shops near campus. There are a few Internet cafes not too far from campus.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

Guided field trips are organized to cultural destinations or events in and around Beijing, and might include historic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. Activities may include more contemporary events, such as plays, rock-music performances, art exhibitions, day hikes near Beijing, and interactive visits to orphanages or institutes for autistic children. Through experiential learning, you'll connect your experiences to content you'll learn in class, learning more about contemporary Chinese society and culture from the local people you meet. Extracurricular classes in Chinese calligraphy, painting, seal carving, and martial arts also are offered each semester.

Extended Weekend Excursion

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Two extended weekend excursions are offered to you during the semester.

For the first excursion, students and staff travel together to a selected destination. You’ll learn about areas outside of Beijing and utilize your Chinese language skills under the leadership of the CIEE resident director. The location is selected prior to each term and changes each semester. Past trips have included Xi’an, Hangzhou, Nanjing, and the Shaolin temple.

For the second excursion, CIEE offers a few different itineraries under the leadership of staff teams, each going to various locations with different trip themes. You'll sign up for and take part in the trip that interests you the most. Through these specialized trips, with smaller group sizes, you’ll enjoy more personal interaction and learn about a wide range of topics. Past selections have included visits to the city of Shanghai, with a focus on modern architecture and urban landscapes; the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu to learn about traditional Chinese philosophy; and a hike to the northern Shanxi province, where you’ll explore environment and rural governance in China.

Several Chinese students accompany the group to help foster a Chinese-speaking environment during these trips. You're expected to maintain your language commitment, as detailed in the CIEE Community Language Commitment, during all program activities.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center at Peking University (PKU) was founded in 1980. The Advanced Chinese Studies program, which started in 2009, is appropriate for highly motivated, superior-level Chinese language students interested in taking content classes completely in Chinese with Chinese undergraduate students. Upon arrival in Beijing, students are required to pass a placement exam. Students who pass may enroll in one of these schools or departments of Peking University: School of Mathematical Sciences, School of Physics, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Department of History, School of International Studies, School of Economics, Guanghua School of Management, and School of Journalism and Communication. Students wishing to enroll in a school or department not listed above should contact CIEE to inquire. A CIEE Advanced Research and Writing course supplements direct enrollment courses at Peking University.

Select Peking University Schools and Departments

School of Mathematical Sciences

Established in 1913, the Mathematics Department at Peking University is the first higher education department of mathematics in modern China. The School of Mathematical Sciences (数学科学学院) was established in 1995 and is still listed first among all schools at Peking University, symbolizing its importance to the university’s mission. The school includes departments of Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics; Scientific and Engineering Computing; Informatics, and Financial Mathematics; as well as several labs. The school has more than 140 professors, including five Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Website: www.math.pku.edu.cn

School of Physics

Established in 1913, the physics division was the first established at Peking University. The School of Physics (物理学院) was established in 2001, and includes both traditional fields of study in physics, as well as related physical sciences. Today, the School of Physics includes departments of Physics, Astronomy, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and Nuclear Science and Technology, as well as numerous research institutes and stat key laboratories. The school has more than 200 faculty and staff, including 15 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Website: www.phy.pku.edu.cn

College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering

Founded in 1910, the College of Chemistry at Peking University was the first in modern China. Renamed in 1994, the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering (化学与分子工程学院) now includes departments of Chemistry, Material Chemistry, Polymer Science and Engineering, Applied Chemistry, and Chemical Biology, as well as eight research institutes and two state key laboratories and research centers. The college has 207 faculty and staff, including 10 Academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Website: www.chem.pku.edu.cn

School of Life Sciences

The School of Life Sciences (生命科学学院) at Peking University was established in 1952 and grew out of the Department of Biology, established in 1925 at Peking University and known for the study of modern genetics in China. It includes majors in biological science and biotechnology, and undergraduate areas of study in plant biology, animal biology, biochemistry, microbiology genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, physiology, development, immunology, and more subjects. The school enrolls more than 500 undergraduate students.
Website: www.bio.pku.edu.cn

Department of Chinese Language and Literature

The Department of Chinese Language and Literature (中国语言文学系) dates back to the early 20th century, and is the very foundation of the discipline in higher education in modern China. The department includes undergraduate major areas of study in Chinese literature, Chinese linguistics, paleography, and applied linguistics, and includes two research institutes and research centers. The department has more than 100 teaching and administrative staff, including 96 professors.
Website: chinese.pku.edu.cn

Department of History

The Department of History (历史学系) is considered to be China’s oldest, dating back to 1899. Currently, there are 68 full-time teachers and staff, many of whom are leading experts in their specific fields. The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the areas of ancient Chinese history, modern and contemporary Chinese history, world history, archaeology, and museology.
Website: www.history.pku.edu.cn

School of International Studies

Founded in 1996, the School of International Studies (SIS) (国际关系学院) is the first school to focus on international studies in China. It is an important teaching and research school, devoted to training students in international studies, international political economy, and diplomacy. It includes departments of International Studies, Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Management, and International Political Economy, as well as a couple of research institutes. The school has more than 50 faculty members and enrolls more than 500 undergraduate students.
Website: www.sis.pku.edu.cn

School of Economics

Established in 1912, the Department of Economics is one of the oldest faculties in Peking University and the first department of economics among China’s institutions of higher education. The School of Economics (经济学院) was established in 1985 and includes undergraduate departments of Economics, Finance, International Economics and Trade, Insurance and Risk Management, Public Finance, and Development Economics. The school enrolls more than 800 undergraduate students and 76 full-time faculty members, a third of which received their Ph.D.'s overseas.
Website: econ.pku.edu.cn

Guanghua School of Management

Established in 1993, the Guanghua School of Management (GSM) (光华管理学院) is one of the top business schools in China. The school was accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) in 2010. It includes departments of Accounting, Applied Economics, Business Statistics and Econometrics, Finance, Health Economics and Management, Management Science and Information System, Organization Management, and Strategic Management, and offers undergraduate concentrations in accounting, finance, and marketing. The school enrolls more than 3,000 students, including more than 600 undergraduates, and maintains a full-time faculty of more than 100 professors.
Website: www.gsm.pku.edu.cn

School of Journalism and Communication

Peking University offered the first course on journalism in China in 1918. The Journalism Research Institute, founded the same year, was the first of its kind in China, and in 1919 began publishing the first academic journal on the subject. In 1952, Peking University opened its first Journalism Studies program, the first of its kind since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The School of Journalism and Communication (新闻与传播学院) was founded in 2001. It offers undergraduate degrees in journalism, publishing and editing, advertising, and radio and television. The school has 28 full-time faculty members.
Website: sjc.pku.edu.cn

Academic Culture

Students attend classes Monday through Friday and take most courses within one department or school. The academic culture of each department or school varies. Classroom size can range from 20 to 200 students, depending on the course, and teaching styles and course requirements vary from course to course. Syllabi may or may not be provided, depending on the professor. Typically, there is a teacher’s assistant (TA) assigned to each course, and international students are expected to communicate with their TAs for specific course information and to discuss any issues. Students are expected to be both independent and diligent in regards to meeting the requirements of each course.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with Chinese classmates in the department or school in which they enroll and are eligible to enroll in Peking University courses that have Mandarin Chinese as their language of instruction. Participants take the CIEE core course with other CIEE students only.

Grading System

Peking University grades are determined based on a mid-term exam, final exam, homework, attendance, and class participation. All grades are calculated on a percentage basis and converted to U.S. letter grade equivalents. As grades for the spring semester are not available until September, and grades for the fall semester are not available until the following March, graduating seniors or others concerned about the timing of receiving grades need to take this into consideration when choosing this program. For the CIEE course, students are graded on their participation in both formal lectures and scheduled meetings with their tutors.

Language of Instruction

Mandarin Chinese

Peer Language Tutor Program

The CIEE Peer Language Tutor program at PKU is a unique feature of the program and ensures that students’ linguistic and cultural fluency progresses throughout the program. CIEE students are paired with PKU students for weekly one-on-one Chinese language tutorials for a total of three hours per week, with more hours available upon request. These tutorials provide students guided support in academic writing and research in a Chinese context, which is integrated into the required CIEE core course, ,em>Tutorial for Advanced Research and Writing. They also provide students extra conversation practice in Mandarin and guidance with homework assignments, while giving students an opportunity to befriend and be a part of the lives of their Chinese peers. Past students have reported that their peer tutors were one of the best and most unique aspects of the CIEE program.

Target Language Meals

To encourage students to utilize their Chinese, CIEE periodically arranges for students to eat meals with their tutors or Chinese friends and instructors. Students participating in the language meals are required to speak only Chinese during the meals.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

In this program, students are asked to take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment. During orientation, all students sign an agreement specifying in what context Chinese is required. This agreement fosters a learning community that encourages use of the Chinese language each day, and results in improving language proficiency.

CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee

The CIEE Chinese Language Advisory Committee (CCLAC) is comprised of specialists in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language, and serves to promote the highest standards of education at the CIEE Study Centers in Greater China. Specifically, the committee advises CIEE administrators and language instructors on curriculum issues such as: learning goals and objectives, instructional innovations, assessment of proficiency gains, program evaluation, and course articulation.

Faculty

All direct enrollment courses are taught by PKU faculty. The CIEE course is coordinated by the CIEE staff.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Course

CHIN 3001 BACS

Tutorial for Advanced Research and Writing
This is a one-credit, required course designed to supplement direct enrollment courses at PKU. This tutorial provides guidance and support to students in their adaptation to the academic environment. The tutorial consists of group meetings and individualized tutorial sessions in which teaching approach and content are designed to meet the needs of individual students. The CIEE staff and local tutors form an advising team to provide assistance and guidance throughout the semester to ensure study abroad students are successful in their coursework. Contact hours: 15. Recommended credit: 1 semester/1.5 quarter hours.

Peking University Courses

The following courses are from some example schools and departments and do not represent all the courses available. Students need to be flexible in their course choice because courses may not be offered every semester and availability may not be known until registration takes place on site. Syllabi for specific courses are typically not available prior to course enrollment. Please refer to the current academic year undergraduate curriculum for each school or department listed on the Peking University website: www.pku.edu.cn/education/kcsz02.jsp

The example courses listed below are all taught in Mandarin Chinese and are designed for Chinese students enrolled at Peking University. Students wishing to enroll in a Peking University course taught in English should consult with their home institution academic advisors prior to registration on site.

School of Mathematical Sciences
Abstract Algebra
Advanced Algebra
Advanced Statistical Computation
Advanced Theory of Probability
Advanced Theory of Statistics
Analysis and Design of Algorithms
Applied Regression Analysis
Applied Stochastic Calculus
Applied Stochastic Processes
Applied Time Series Analysis
Artificial Neural Networks
Commutative Algebra
Computational Statistics
Computer Graphics
Cryptography
Data Structures
Differential Geometry on Principal Bundles
Digital Signal Processing
Ergodic Theory
Finite Element Method
Functional Analysis
Functions of Real Variables
Functions of Real Variables and Functional Analysis
Geometric Analysis
Geometry
Homology Theory
Introduction to Financial Mathematics
Introduction to Riemannian Geometry
Lie Groups and their Representations
Machine Learning
Mathematical Analysis
Mathematical Logic
Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics
Mathematical Statistics
Mathematical Thought from Ancient to Modern Times
Mathematics of Data
Methods of Stochastic Simulations
Modular Form and Number Theory
Nonparametric Statistics
Numerical Algebra
Numerical Methods: Principles, Algorithms and Applications
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
Operation Research
Parallel Computation
Partial Differential Equations
Pattern Recognition
Probability Theory
Programming Techniques and Methodology
Selected Topics in Abstract Algebra
Software for Mathematicians
Statistics
Symbolic Computation
Symplectic Geometry
Theory of Risk
Topology

School of Physics
Advanced Mathematics
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Astronomical Techniques and Methods: Optical and Infrared
Atmospheric Physics Base
Atomic Physics
Climate Modeling
Comprehensive Physics Experiments
Computational Physics
Electrodynamics
Engineering Drawing and its Applications
Equilibrium Statistical Physics
Experimental Methods for Nuclear and Particle Physics
Fluid Mechanics
Frontiers of Nanoscience and Technology
Fundamentals of Electronic Circuits and Experiments
Fundamentals of Electronic Measurements and Experiments
Global Environmental and Climate Change
Group Theory
Introduction to the Atmosphere
Introduction to Atmospheric Science
Introduction to Biophysics
Introduction to Computation
Introduction to Computational Physics
Introduction to Computers and Computer Operations
Introduction to Nanoscience and Technology
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Laser Physics
Linear Algebra
Low Temperature Physics
Material Physics
Mechanics
Methods of Mathematical Physics
Modern Optics and Optoelectronics
Modern Physics
New Technologies in Cosmological Detection
Nuclear and Particle Physics Experiments
Order of Magnitude Physics
Particle Physics
Plasma Physics
Principle of Atmospheric Measurement and Instrumentation
Quantum Field Theory
Quantum Mechanics
Quantum Optics
Quantum Statistical Physics
Reading and Oral Presentation of Astronomical Literature
Satellite Meteorology
Scientific Software
Semiconductor Physics
Seminar on the Frontiers of Modern Physics
Seminar on the Frontiers of Quantum Materials
Special Topics on Astrophysics
Superconductivity
Surface Physics
Theoretical Mechanics
Weather Analysis and Forecast

College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering
Application of Computers in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Catalysis Chemistry
Chemical Function of Materials
Chemical Information Retrieval
Chemistry and Society
Chemistry Today
College Chemistry
Colloid Chemistry
Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry
Comprehensive Experiments in Chemistry
Comprehensive Organic Chemistry
Electromagnetics
Environmental Chemistry
Fascinating Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Higher Mathematics
Inorganic Chemistry
Introduction to Chromatography
Introduction to Computation
Linear Algebra
Material Physics
New Materials Today
Optics
Organic Chemistry
Organic Spectroscopy
Physical Chemistry
Problem Solving in Higher Mathematics
Problem Solving in Linear Algebra
Radiation Chemistry and Processing
Radiochemistry
Safety in Chemical Laboratories
Selected Readings in Chemical Kinetics
Stereochemistry
Surface Physical Chemistry
X-Ray Diffraction of Polycrystalline Materials

School of Life Sciences
Animal Biology
Basic Molecular Biology
Basic Biochemical Pharmaceutics
Biochemistry
Biological Evolution
Biopharmaceutical Engineering and Regulations
Biostatistics
Cell Biology
Concepts and Ideas in Biology
Conservation Biology
Current Topics in Biochemistry
Current Topics in Host-Pathogen Interactions and Human Disease
Eukaryotic DNA Replication and Checkpoint Control
Frontiers of Life Science
General Biology
General Chemistry
General Ecology
Higher Mathematics
Human Sex, Reproduction and Health
Introduction to Computation
Introduction to Modern Biotechnology
Introduction to Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Introduction to Plant Biology
Life Sciences and Logical Thinking
Linear Algebra
Methods in Bioinformatics
Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Molecular Basis of Human Disease
Neurobiology
Organic Chemistry
Physics
Practical Protein Crystallography
Professional Skills for Scientific Research
Protein and Life
Protein Chemistry
Protein Structure in Virus Life Cycles

Department of Chinese Language and Literature
American Fiction: 1900-1930
Ancient Chinese
Ancient Chinese Culture
Ancient Chinese History
Ancient Chinese Literary Canon
Bibliography
Chinese Dialectology
Chinese Film Studies
Chinese Folklore and Social Life
Chinese Modern Drama
Chinese Rhetoric
College Chinese
Contemporary Chinese Literature
Deciphering Inner Chapters of Zhuangzi
Essentials of Classical Writings
Folklore
Fundamentals of Experimental Phonetics
History of Chinese
History of Chinese Literary Criticism
History of Classical Chinese Literature
History of Classical Philology
History of Western Literary Theory
Introduction to Chinese Classical Writings
Introduction to Chinese Phonetics
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Modern Poetics
Language Engineering and Chinese Information Processing
Literature and Culture
Mandarin and Chinese Dialects
Modern Chinese
Modern Chinese Literature
Oral Chinese Language
Poetry and Composition
Reading and Writing Chinese (Elementary)
Reading Chinese Classics
Reading Films
Rules and Forms of Classical Poetry and Composition
Saussurean Linguistics
Selected Readings from Ancient Chinese Literature
Selected Readings from Contemporary Chinese Literature
Selected Readings from Mencius
Semantics
Sinology in Japan
Spoken Languages and Oral Cultures in China
Studies on Dream of the Red Chamber
Studies on Internet Literature in the New Century
Studies on Chinese Mythology
Studies on Lyric Verse
Studies on Modern Chinese Grammar
Studies on Tang Dynasty Fiction
Studies on the May Fourth New Culture Movement
Summary of Chinese National Literature
Ten Novelists of Taiwan
Textual Research
Theoretical Linguistics

Department of History
African History and Culture
Ancient Chinese History
Ancient Greek
Bamboo and Silk Texts and Academic History
Chinese Historiography
Chinese Traditional Bureaucracy
Cultural History of Japan
Ecclesiastical Latin
Economy and Society in Medieval Europe
Economy and Society in Ming and Qing Dynasties
Elementary Italian
Elementary Latin
General Survey of the Korean Peninsula
General History of Ancient China
General History of the World
General Survey of World History
History of Africa
History of America
History of Chinese Border Regions
History of Confucian Classical Studies
History of France
History of Greece and Rome
History of Medieval Europe
History of Modern and Contemporary Sino-Soviet Relations
History of Overseas Chinese
History of Twentieth Century Sino-Foreign Relations
History of Women and Traditional Culture in China
Human Development and Environmental Change
Introduction to Chinese History and Culture
Introduction to the History of Western Civilization
Modern Chinese History
Readings on Ancient World History
Rise of the Great Powers
Selected Readings from Historical Sources in Foreign Languages
Selected Readings in Chinese History
Special Topics on the Cultural History of Ancient Chinese Northern Ethnicities
Special Topics on the History of Italy
Special Topics on the History of Qin and Han Dynasties
Special Topics on the History of the Song Dynasty
Studies on the European Integration
Twentieth Century World History
Western Historiography

School of International Studies
China and the Korean Peninsula
Diplomacy
Environmental Issues and International Relations
Ethnic Issues in World Politics
Foreign Relations of the People’s Republic of China
International Political Economy
Introduction to Chinese Politics
Introduction to Hong Kong and Macao
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Taiwan
Introduction to the European Union
Introduction to Western Diplomatic Thought
Introduction to World Socialism
Legal Chinese
Mainland-Taiwan Relations and "One Country, Two Systems"
New Plateau of China’s Foreign Affairs: Policies and Theories
Political Economy and the Environment
Political Economy of the European Union
Political Economy of Japan
Political Economy of the United States
Political Economy of the Middle East
Political Economy of Eastern Europe
Politics and Foreign Affairs of Eastern European Countries
Politics and Foreign Affairs of Japan
Politics and foreign Affairs of Latin America
Politics and Foreign Affairs of the Middle East
Politics and Foreign Affairs of Southeast Asian Countries
Politics and Foreign Policy of the United States
Politics of International Trade
Principle of Economics
Psychology of International Relations
Psychology, Behavior and Culture
Public Diplomacy
Selected Readings from Chinese Newspapers
Sino-Soviet Relations and its Effects on Chinese Social Development
The Middle East: Politics, Society and Culture
Theories of International Relations

School of Economics
American Economy
Applied Time Series Analysis
Bond Management
Current Issues in China's Public Finance
Development Economics
East Asian Economy
Environmental Resources Economics
Financial Derivatives
Financial Markets
Foreign Economic History
Fundamental Western Economic Theories
Health Economics
Higher Mathematics
History of Chinese Economy
Incentive Theory and Economic Development
Information Economics
Insurance Accounting
Insurance Company Investments
International Economics
International Finance
International Financial Organizations
International Trade
Introduction to Chinese Economics
Life and Health Insurance
Linear Algebra
Management of Commercial Banks
Management of Multinational Companies
Management Thought in China
Mathematical Economics
Microeconometrics: Methods and Applications
Microeconomics
Personal Finance
Personal Financial Management
Political Economics
Principles of Accounting
Principles of Economics
Principles of Financial Economics
Probability and Statistics
Problem Solving in Higher Mathematics
Problem Solving in Linear Algebra
Property and Liability Insurance
Public Choice Theory
Public Economics
Regional Economics
Research Methods in Public Finance
Risk Management
Rural Finance
Russian and Central Asian Economies
Selected Readings from Das Kapital
Social Insurance
Statistics
Stochastic Processes
Survey of Modern Financial Theory
Theory and Practice of Economic Development in Asia
Theory of Dynamic Optimization
Theory of Investment
Topics in Economic Development
Trusts and Leases
World Economy and China

Guanghua School of Management
Applied Econometrics
Brand Management
Corporate Finance
Cost and Managerial Accounting
Economics
Financial Accounting
Financial Economics
Financial Markets and Financial Institutions
Financial Statement Analysis
Higher Mathematics
Introduction to Finance
Labor Economics
Marketing
Mathematics in Finance
Microeconomics
Operations and Information Management
Organizations and Management
Probability and Statistics
Problem Solving in Higher Mathematics
Product Management
Risk Management and Insurance
Special Topics in Accounting, Auditing and Financial Management
Taxation Law and Taxation Accounting
Transformational Development Economics

School of Journalism and Communication
Advertising and Creative Copywriting
Brand Studies
Case Studies in Intercultural Communication and Journalism
Chinese Archival Resources and Management
Chinese Language Training
Chinese Rhetoric
Communication Ethics
Computer Aided Design
Electronic Publishing Technology
History of Foreign Journalism
History of World Cinema
Information Retrieval and Applications
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Advertising
Introduction to Communications
Introduction to Editing and Publishing
Introduction to Journalism
Introduction to Television and Radio Broadcasting
Media Law and Regulations
Network News Gathering and Editing
New Media and Society
News and Contemporary Chinese Reform
News Broadcasting
Practical Writing for Editing
Public Opinion
Public Relations
Research Methods in Social Studies
Scenic Sites and Traditional Culture in Beijing
Selected Topics in Editing Books and Periodicals
Seminar on Television and Radio Broadcasting
Sociological Approaches and New Media Communications
Special Reporting and Writing Skills
Special Topics in Feature and Documentary Film Production
Television and Radio Broadcasting Production
Video Editing

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