Peking University Application Information for International Students 2014

University Overview

Founded in 1898,Peking University (PKU) is the first national university in Chinese modern history.PKU now consists of five faculties: Humanities,Social Sciences,Sciences,Medicine,and Information and Engineering.PKU has 53 colleges and departments,and offers 120 undergraduate programs,242 graduate programs,and 212 doctoral programs.While still emphasizing fundamental sciences,PKU has paid extra efforts in developing applied sciences.A snapshot in October 2013 revealed 14,116 undergraduate students,13,665 postgraduate students and 8,134 doctoral candidates on campus.Approximately 3,574 long-term international students from 116 different countries enrolled in various programs on campus,among whom 2,540 were heading for a degree.

PKU is also known for its outstanding research facilities and highly qualified teachers and researchers with extensive research interests and in-depth knowledge.Today,PKU has 6,441 full-time faculties,of whom 1,701 are professors and 2,037 are associate professors,along with 63 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences,and 8 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.At present,PKU has 11 national key laboratories,86 state key laboratories,2 national engineering research centers and 8 affiliated hospitals and health centers.

Peking University Library is the largest university library in Asia,with a collection of 9.0195 million books,as well as Chinese and foreign journals and newspapers.The library also serves as a comprehensive modern information center.

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Homepage of the International Students Division,Office of International Relations:

Study period and Academic Schedule

The normal period of study for master's degrees is 3 years (or in some cases,2 years).Students may,in particular cases,apply for early or delayed graduation.

PKU divides every academic year into spring and autumn semesters,with the latter marking the commencement of the academic year.The autumn semester starts in September and ends in January of the following year while the spring semester begins in February and ends in June.There will be a winter and summer vacation every year.The summer vacation usually lasts 2 months and there are various summer vacation courses available for students.The winter vacation lasts 4 weeks and normally coincides with the Chinese New Year.The starting date of every semester differs yearly,depending on the time of the Chinese New Year.Please check the latest academic calendar for details.

Master's Programs

Master's Program: Students are required to complete the curriculum within 2-3 years,fulfill the designated number of credits,complete a master's thesis and defend it in front of a panel of experts.Successful graduates will receive a graduation certificate along with the Master's degree,according to the regulation of the Degree Committee.The application period is usually in the autumn semester of every year,while the faculty test takes place during the spring semester of the following year (to be notified by respective faculties).

Peking University currently offers 11 master's programs fully conducted in English,in a variety of areas including international relations,Chinese law,public policy and business administration.Detailed descriptions may be found in respective program brochures.

Doctorate Program: Students are required to complete the curriculum within 4-6 years (under normal circumstances),fulfill the designated number of credits,conduct research,complete the doctoral thesis and defend it in front of a panel of experts.Successful graduates will receive a graduation certificate with the doctoral degree,according to the regulation of the Degree Committee.

Now 3 programs offer graduate and professional degrees at School of Software Engineering and Microelectronics.For detailed application information,please refer toindividual program brochures.

Requirement of proficiency in Chinese language

Master and Doctoral candidates are not required to take the Chinese language proficiency exam.

Application Processing

It takes at least 8 to 10 weeks after the application deadline to send out the formal Letter of Admission.We may inform you to attend an interview or request additional materials according to your application process during this period.If you are accepted,we will send you a Letter of Admission and other relevant documents.To track the progress of your application,please contact the International Students Division either by email or telephone.Due to our limited staff,we may not reply promptly to all enquiries.


Successful applicants should bring their Letter of Admission and their JW201/202 form to the Chinese consulate or embassy to apply for their Student Visa.A study period of 6 months and above requires an X1 visa.Accepted applicants need to exchange their X1 visas to a Residence Permit at the Office of International Relations within 30 days of arrival in China.If your period of study is less than half a year,you may apply for an X2 visa.

Medical insurance

PKU's regulations require that all international students must be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study.Students are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan of Foreign Students provided by Ping An insurance company on the day of registration,which has been recognized and recommended by the Chinese Ministry of Education.Students who do not have valid medical insurance are not allowed to register.

Accommodation information

There are different types of housing facilities for international students at PKU.

For further information regarding Zhong Guan Xin Yuan,you are welcome to visit the following website:,or for specific advice please contact 010-62752288.

Self-funded Students are required to find their own accommodation.Please note that students who live off campus must register at the local police station.


Type of Program Humanities Subject/td> Science Subjects
Master's Program 29,000 RMB/Year 33,000 RMB/Year
Master's Program in English Please refer to respective program brochures
Doctorate Program 32,000 RMB/Year 40,000 RMB/Year

Contact Information:

International Students Division,Office of International Relations
Peking University,Beijing,100871,People's Republic of China


  • Long-term programs: (86-10)-62751230
  • Short term programs: (86 -10)-62750592


  • Long-term programs: (86-10)-62751233
  • Short term programs: (86-10)-62759754


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