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Yenching Academy of Peking University

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The Yenching Academy of Peking University offers a Master's degree in China Studies. This specially designed, English-taught program aims to push the study of China beyond the boundaries of traditionally Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. It creates space to incorporate the diverse backgrounds and experiences of program participants into the study of ancient, modern and contemporary China, effectively acting as an incubator for innovative approaches to past, present, and future Chinese transformations. At the core of the program lies its emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the value it assigns to thinking about China's development from both Chinese and international perspectives.

Scholars design their study experience by choosing one of six academic concentrations, and pursue a number of core courses and electives, including field studies. Working in small groups encourages Scholars to actively engage in dialogue between academic disciplines, as well as with their peers across concentrations, creating an environment conducive to the exchange of ideas and mutual learning. Complementing academic courses, Chinese language training is provided for all international students, in accordance with their level of proficiency, while foreign language courses are offered to Chinese students.

Award / Eligibility Details:

The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a round-trip airfare between Scholars' homes Beijing, accommodation, and living costs on Peking University's campus. The Academy offers a residential program aimed at creating a community of enthusiastic, globally oriented young innovators in the heart of China's top university. The Yenching Academy will also offer a limited number of doctoral scholarships to selected Yenching Scholars who would like to pursue doctoral degrees in other Peking University departments.

Applicants should have: a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field, awarded no later than August 31 of the year in which they wish to enroll; an outstanding academic record; English proficiency; a record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility; leadership potential; and interest in exploring different cultures, particularly those of China and the Asia Pacific region.

Successful applications will show how the Yenching Academy program is relevant and valuable for the applicant's career plans. Preference is given to candidates who are 25 years old or younger as of August 31 in the year in which they wish to commence the program. For students from countries where military service is mandatory, the age preference is 27 years old or younger.

Deadline: Mid-December each year

Academic Level: Graduate, Post-Graduate

Type/Purpose: Graduate School Funding, Study Abroad / International Exchange

Field of Study: All, Arts & Humanities, Business, Education / Teaching, Public Affairs / Policy, Social Sciences, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Location: International

Citizenship eligibility: All, Foreign Citizen / International Student, Permanent Resident, US Citizen, US National

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