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Peking University EXC
Beijing, China (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Semester 1,
Semester 2,
Year (Sem 1 & Sem 2),
Year (Sem 2 & Sem 1)
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Postgraduate coursework, Undergraduate
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Chinese, English
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Peking University (PKU)
Location: Beijing, China
Year Established: 1898
Student Population: 34,700 (9,600 international students)
Peking University is a major research university and a member of the prestigious C9 League in China. The campus, known as “Yan Yuan”, or the garden of Yan, is located near the Summer Palace in western Beijing.
PKU purports to represent the new “Modern China”, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, medicine, management and education. Its stated aim is to become one of the world’s leading universities.
Unique Features
PKU offers a wide and diverse range of courses ranging from astronomy and astrophysics to software and micro-electronics and Marxism. Throughout its history it has hosted many Chinese thinkers and was influential in the birth of China’s New Culture Movement, May Fourth Movement and the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. It is located on the former site of the Qing Dynasty Imperial Gardens.
The capital of the People’s Republic of China is a huge metropolis – one of history’s great cities and modernising at a frenetic pace. However, the city’s grid-like design makes it relatively easy to find your way around. Its most famous attraction is the ancient Forbidden City and it has five other UNESCO World Heritage sites. There are thousands of affordable eateries and a growing bar and cafe scene. The summers are pleasant, but the winter months can be freezing and the city is occasionally hit by dust and storms that blow in from the desert and can be unpleasant. 

China - Peking U - Campus

Academic Information

Course Catalogue 
Information about units of study at the host university at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Undergraduate courses (both Chinese-taught and English-taught) are open to exchange students. 

Subject Area/s:

Arts and Social Sciences






Exclusions apply:  PKU regulations prevent them from accepting Chinese students (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) from any of their partner institutions. Applicants should be above 18 and under 45. English-taught graduate courses of special Master programs (MBA, Master in International Relations, Master in Public Policy, LLM in Chinese Law, Yenching Academy, etc.) are NOT open. The courses from the PKU Health Science Center (medicine, anatomy, etc.) are NOT open. Priority for Chinese language majors. 
Teaching Periods: Semesters/Terms
Semester 1: September- January
Semester 2: February - June

Credit (Full-Time Load/Semester)

University of Sydney

Host University


12-15 Credits

The above full-time load is indicative only.
Applications for academic credit are assessed by the relevant University of Sydney faculty/department based on: study load, contact hours, assessment requirements and level of study.
Grading System
A (excellent) 85-100
B (good) 75-84 
C (pass) 60-74 
P (pass) 60-100
D (fail) 0-59*
*P/F Grade System: F (fail) 0-59

Transcripts Issued by Partner
Transcripts will be available at the end of your exchange period


Language of Instruction
Classes at the host university are taught in English and Chinese.
Language Requirement
To study courses taught in Chinese, students need to pass HSK band 6, or have to pass Peking University Chinese Language Placement test. The School of Chinese as a Second Language does not currently offer any courses taught in English. Chinese language classes are available. 



What is the host city like?
Find out more information about the host city

Housing options are offered by the host university
Cost of Living
The average cost of living per month in Beijing is approximately 6,000 RMB (housing, food and transportation included).

Students are required to obtain health insurance valid during their exchange.

Useful Information

For Exchange/International Students
Specific information for exchange students provided by the host university
Semester/Term Dates
Access the University’s calendar
Orientation will be held at the beginning of the semester.
Support Services 
The Office of International Relations provides services and assistance to exchange students.
Information from the host university
Information from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Australia

Student Experiences

Cameron Hunter
Bachelor of Arts (Languages), Semester 2, 2015

Host City Highlights
In Beijing, you have to visit the Forbidden City, Houhai Lake, The Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the National Museum, the Hutongs, Guloudajie Area, the Summer Palace and Fragrant Hills. The student area in Wudaokou is really fun for a night out and the other hot spots are along Guloudajie and in Sanlitun.

Uni Life
Students are really active in the clubs and societies, there are so many to join, all quite diverse and cultural. I joined tennis and skiing, but the air quality made it a bit tricky to go out and train. The social scene in Wudaokou is full of international students and often quite rowdy. Getting to know local students was quite easy through the many language partner match up programs on campus.

I had 18 hours a week (3 subjects), classes every day and were just language learning. The classes were well matched to your level and contained a mix of exchange students from around the world, they were actually really enjoyable. There was quite a bit of homework and every week or second week there was some form of assessment (written or oral).

Obviously in Beijing, you have to have Peking Duck. My favourites were Zhájiàngmiàn and Xihóngshìjidànmiàn. But as we travelled around China we experience a bit of each province's specialty, e.g. Inner Mongolia's lamb stews. In rural China eating can definitely be a challenge so you often just have to close your eyes and trust it'll be a nice surprise!

Most exchange students live at either Global Village or Shaoyuan (which are both on/just next to campus).
*Shaoyuan - I was in the newest building of Shaoyuan so I had my own bedroom and shared a western bathroom with one other exchange student. This was really expensive because it is relatively luxury compared to what the local Chinese students live in (6 people in bunkbed rooms).
*Global Village - a lot of people shared rooms with one other person and had communal (squat-toilet) bathrooms on their level.

Money Matters
My budget was around $10 000. Accommodation was definitely the most expensive thing for me. Eating on campus in the canteens was unbelievable cheap - you could get a meal for less than a dollar. I worked at an audio testing technology company, which didn't pay very well, but was easy. There are so many opportunities to earn a bit of extra cash as companies always need English speakers.

Getting Around
Within the city, the metro is so convenient and fast. It is about $1 for a trip across the city, but the metro closes relatively early (around 11pm). You can also get taxis very easily, but the cheapest and fastest way is to order an Uber.

Almost all of China wants to travel at the same time (the national holiday in October and the Spring Festival in February) so travelling at these times can be hectic. I did a lot of weekend trips to nearby cities and then travelled at the end of my study. Take the overnight trains to save on accommodation and travel in one! They usually take around 10 hours, but if you get the 'soft sleeper' they are actually quite comfortable!

Top Tips
If you're considering Beijing, then be prepared for a lot of smog and people. It can be quite challenging to your senses to be surrounded by so many people and it sometimes seems hard to get a moment of peace and quiet. There are also a lot of regulations within and outside of the university to navigate so that's another challenge. However it is a great city for furthering your networks, meeting incredible people and truly learning so much about China, the language, the food and the lifestyle.

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