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The University at Albany's study abroad option at Peking University allows students to immerse themselves in the Chinese language and culture by living in this vibrant neighborhood located in the western suburb of metropolitan Beijing. Students can take Chinese language and related courses that are designed for international students at different levels.
Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at least 2.8 GPA are welcome to apply. Students with a lower GPA should consult with the study abroad program coordinator about whether or not to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program at Peking University. Prior knowledge of Chinese is recommended but not required. Chinese citizens, and U.S. green card holders with Chinese passports are not eligible to apply. Students who are Taiwan or Hong Kong passport holders are also ineligible 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.
If you have little to no background knowledge in Chinese, you can choose to take Chinese language courses and related courses that are designed for international students at different levels. 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.
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 take 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 if you decide not to take the course).
You can study content courses in various subjects from over 200 English-taught courses* offered by PKU.
* Courses differ each semester. A final list of courses for the upcoming semester will be announced later this semester on PKU's Office of Educational Administration's official website (Link).
Students who are fluent in Chinese can enroll in the regular university courses that are taught in Chinese. Peking University offers 93 undergraduate programs. For more information on Peking University's course offering in Chinese, please click here.
General Education Information for UAlbany students: Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits. You may file a request to have additional courses approved.
There is no credit conversion for this program. 1 PKU credit = 1 SUNY credit.
UAlbany hosts a general orientation session on campus for the study abroad students and their families during the semester prior to participation on the program. There will also be a country specific orientation for students who are going to China. You are strongly encouraged to attend both. Peking University will also run an orientation for international students during the orientation week.
The University at Albany's Office of Education Abroad staff is available throughout the year to assist study abroad students and their parents. The Office of International Relations staff at Peking University serves as an experienced resource for solving problems for students while they are in China.
Students are housed in one of the international student dormitories on campus. Students can also choose to make their own housing arrangements off-campus. There are cafeterias and restaurants on and off campus where students can get meals.
Peking University offers several different dormitory options to international students: the Global Village (Zhong Guan Xin Yuan), Shaoyuan and Wanliu campus.
If you’re considering living on campus, you can contact local agents in China for more information. One of the agencies that provides service in English can be found here: http://www.beijingbuddy.com
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For more information on international student life at Peking University, the University, Beijing or China, please visit the following websites:
International Office at Peking University
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