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China: Language & Culture at Peking University
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
Budget Estimates Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/01/2018 04/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Class Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: Chinese, English Language Prerequisite: 1-2 terms college-level Mandarin
Areas of Study: Asian Studies, Chinese, International/Global Studies Special Notes: Age Requirement: 18-45, Citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible to apply, GPA cannot be waived., Graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit.
Program Description:



Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline 
March 1: Secondary Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline. If spaces are available, student may submit applications for the later deadlines, but may need to be flexible regarding their program options, available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


Eligibility Requirements
Minimum 3.0 GPA 
Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than fall term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by spring term prior to the program start date.
1-2 terms college-level Mandarin

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

Students pay the same tuition for China: Language & Culture at Peking University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs including accommodations, travel, and other expenses see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.


The China: Language & Culture at Peking University program is affiliated with Peking University (PKU), a major research university located in Beijing. The university, which was founded in 1898, is consistently listed as one of the highest ranked universities in China.

China - Learn ChineseStudents in the CSU IP China: Language and Culture at Peking University program take Chinese language and culture courses at PKU’s School of Chinese as a Second Language (SCSL). Chinese language courses are offered at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students take a language placement exam upon arrival to determine their level. All students are required to take conversation, reading and writing courses. Students may also take Listening in Chinese, Writing Chinese Characters, Newspaper Readings, and other special subjects in Chinese economics, history, music, politics, and religion.

Courses in English are available through the "China Series" program. Students can take 1-2 courses from the Series and should be aware that enrollment is limited.

At the elementary level, students take 20 hour per week of intensive language classes emphasizing grammar, reading, speaking, and listening. CSU IP students at the elementary level do not take electives. At the intermediate and advanced levels special topics and electives are available. Students who score highly on their language placement test may be permitted to take courses from regular departments at PKU if permission is granted from the department.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin from the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


The China: Language & Culture at Peking University program is located in Beijing, the capital city of China. Beijing is one of the most populous cities in the world with over 21 million inhabitants. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by population after Shanghai and is the nation’s political, cultural, and education center. PKU’s School of Chinese as a Second Language, where most students take classes, is situated in the western part of campus amidst the international student complex known as Shao Yuan. This complex includes dormitories, cafeteria, post office, coffee shop, as well as classrooms and offices.


Upon arrival in Beijing, students are provided with temporary accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Most students live in local apartments, and there may be limited availability in dormitories.