Peking University Beijing, China

Great Wall of China winds in the distance

Founded as the Imperial University of Peking in 1898, Peking University (also known as Beida) is widely recognized as the best university in China and is renowned for its beautiful campus grounds and traditional Chinese architecture. Beida's School of International Studies trains students in international studies, international political economy, and diplomacy.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
September - January
Spring Semester
February - June

Due to the differences between the AU and PKU academic calendars, students are encouraged to participate in the spring semester.


Students will enroll as full-time students for one semester alongside Beida graduate students, and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Sample courses include:

  • China-Africa and Middle East Relations
  • China's Frontier and Ethnic Issues
  • Chinese Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Security and China
  • U.S.-China Relations

Language Requirement

Courses are taught in Chinese and English. There is no language requirement for students who wish to take courses in English. 

Students who wish to take any academic courses conducted in Chinese are required to demonstrate proficiency in Chinese as part of the application. 

Students will have the opportunity to take a Chinese language course at Beida to improve their language skills.

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 15
Fall: March 15

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

You will be notified by email with a decision regarding your nomination for study abroad.

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with the Comparative Regional Studies program.

Students may only take courses in the School of International Studies.