Undergrads: Yenching Academy program at Peking University – apply for UW nomination

UW students and alumni interested in China’s role in the world are encouraged to consider applying for nomination to the Yenching Academy program at Peking University. As a partner university, UW is asked to nominate students and alumni to apply for this program. UW nominees are considered strongly in the international selection process. US citizenship is not required; students from the US and around the globe may be eligible to apply. Please feel free to share this information with students in your programs:

Interested in exploring China and its role in the world through a Master’s program at Peking University? Consider applying for UW nomination to compete internationally for the Yenching Academy program. The program offers a Master’s degree in China Studies and an essentially full scholarship.

UW Information & Nomination Details: https://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/yenching

UW Application: https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/526

UW Deadline to Apply for Nomination: Oct. 30, 2018

UW Information Sessions:

·         Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:30-6:30 pm, Online

·         Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 4:30-5:30 pm, Mary Gates Hall 136

·         RSVP for either session here.

Learn more at http://yenchingacademy.org/. And learn from previous Yenching Academy students about their experiences shared in the Yenching Academy Webinar Series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsH1qV06GCyw3zBZcfYP8UA.

Brief Program Information:

The Yenching Academy offers an intensive program of interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development.  As a college integrated within Peking University (PKU), the Yenching Academy prepares a diverse group of exceptional international and Chinese students with the knowledge of China that they need to fulfill their potential as global citizens and leaders. Yenching Academy offers courses in English. Concentration options include: 

·               Philosophy and Religion

·               Economics and Management

·               Law and Society

·               Politics and International Relations

·               History and Archaeology

·               Literature and Culture

Scholarship Support:

The Yenching Academy provides a generous postgraduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, 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. Such close proximity to the academic infrastructure of Peking University provides a unique opportunity to participate and fully immerse oneself in the life of the university.

Enrolled international students spend 12 months in residence at the Yenching Academy, with the possibility to extend for a second year. For students from China (including Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan), the program lasts 24 months. Coursework is completed during the fall and spring semesters, and it is supplemented by additional study during the summer. Upon completion of their year in residence, students have up to one more year to finalize projects and defend their thesis. During this period, students in good academic standing may apply for a limited number of Teaching, Research, or Administrative Assistantships. In addition, Dean’s Research Grants will be awarded on a bi-annual basis to help fund selected research projects related to China Studies.

Eligibility Requirements:

The Yenching Academy annually enrolls approximately 125 new students from both Mainland China and abroad, to study, live, and learn together. International students from around the world, including the US, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan comprise roughly 80% of the student body.

Applicants should have:

·               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;

·               Strong interest in interdisciplinary study of China;

·               A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility;

·               Leadership potential;

·               English proficiency.

·               Successful applicants will demonstrate how the Yenching Academy program is relevant and valuable for their career plans.

·               Preference is given to candidates age 25 or younger as of August 31 of the year they wish to enroll. For students from countries with mandatory military service, the age preference is 27 years old or younger.

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