Yale University and Peking University Launch New Undergraduate Program in Beijing

Yale University announced today that Yale and China’s flagship university, Peking University, are launching a distinctive joint undergraduate program where Yale College students and honor students at Peking University will study and live together on the campus in Beijing. President Richard C. Levin was in Beijing last weekend to sign the agreement for the program. The program begins next fall.

“I am delighted that Yale College students will have this special opportunity for an integrated living and learning experience with outstanding Chinese students at Peking University,” Levin said. “Those who will lead our two countries need to understand one another.”

Yale College students selected for the program will take a full course load taught in English by Yale and Peking University faculty and receive full Yale credit toward their degrees. The program is open to students with no Chinese language skills as well as to students who speak Chinese. All Yale students will study Chinese language as part of the program.

Twenty Yale College students will live in a new residence hall for Chinese students on the Peking University campus with 20 honor students from Peking University, making them the only U.S. group of students to live with the University’s Chinese students.

Students in the program will spend a semester in China. The program is open to all sophomores and juniors and to first-semester seniors. Yale students, including those on financial aid, will pay the same tuition and room fees they would pay if they were studying at Yale and airfare between New York and Beijing will be included.

The Chinese students living with their Yale counterparts will be members of the Yuanpei Honors Program. The honors program allows a select group of Chinese students to spend their first two years at Peking University studying a liberal arts curriculum before concentrating on a single subject.

Yale has over 60 collaborations in China, including two scientific research centers at Peking University, where students will be able to undertake research projects for credit.

Yale’s program with Peking is the first new semester abroad program approved by the Yale College faculty in over three decades.

Clark Randt, U.S. Ambassador to China and a 1968 graduate of Yale College, said, “I wish I could have participated in a program like this when I was at Yale. Today, it is even more important for American and Chinese students to learn from each other.”

For additional information visit the website at www.yale.edu/iefp/pku-yale.

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