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CIEE: Advanced Chinese Studies in Beijing, China (Peking University)
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Spring Semester
Program Website: Click to visit
Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Restrictions: ASU applicants only
Cost Sheets Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
Areas of Study:
Business, Engineering, Foreign Languages, Global Studies, Humanities, Journalism, Life Sciences, Nursing, Other, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Sustainability
Program Type:
Fall/Spring Session:
Session C
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
Language Prerequisite:
8 semesters or equivalent
Language of Instruction:
Chinese (Mandarin)
Minimum Class Standing:
03 - Junior
International Coordinator:
Abby Dalpra
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


CIEE Beijing
Photo courtesy of CIEE

   Quick Facts

  • 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


CIEE Beijing Temple of Heaven

CIEE Student - lion dancePhotos courtesy of CIEE

Location Details

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.

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.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* to participate on this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy.

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

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
  • School of Journalism and Communication

More information on these departments can be found on CIEE's website here.

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.

Access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and view current course equivalencies.

CIEE Beijing student studying

CIEE Beijing Terra Cotta Army

CIEE Beijing students jumping
Photos courtesy of CIEE


CIEE Beijing - food

Video and photo courtesy of CIEE

Program Housing

Students live in either the PKU foreign student complex (Zhongguanyuan Global Village dormitory) or in a homestay.

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. Students live in suite-style units and each student has his/her own private bedroom. Each unit shares a common living space and bathroom. 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). Some meals are included. 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 Academic Year Students: Housing between semesters is not included in the program fee. Academic year participants must arrange intersession housing on their own and cover the costs themselves, although CIEE resident staff will be able to help advise them on possible options.

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.

More information about housing is available on the CIEE website here.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

CIEE Beijing students
Photo courtesy of CIEE


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost SheetSpring Semester Cost Sheet, or Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 10/10/2017
Rolling Admission 02/23/2018 06/29/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2019 09/25/2018 ** Rolling Admission 02/19/2019 06/22/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed