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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
  • Restrictions: CSUF applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 03/15/2021 04/20/2021 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2021-2022 03/15/2021 04/20/2021 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 10/20/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: CSU International Programs Click here for a definition of this term Financial Aid: CSU IP Scholarship, Federal Aid (Pell/EOP/FSEOG/Direct Loans), Guardian Scholars, President's Scholars, Private Student Loans, State Aid (Cal Grants/SUG)
Housing Options: Apartments, Residence Halls Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Chinese, Ethnic Studies
Language Prerequisite: 1-2 semesters college-level Mandarin Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
GPA requirement: 3.0 (CUM. & CSUF) Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Chinese, English
Special Notes: Age Requirement: 18-45, Citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible to apply., Graduate students may participate for undergraduate credit Unit Type Earned On Program: Resident Units
Program Description:



Academic Year Deadlines
February 1: Priority Deadline 
March 1: Secondary Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.

Eligibility Requirements

GPA Requirement
3.0 Cumulative GPA 

CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior

1-2 terms college-level Mandarin required.
Students are responsible for verifying that they meet individual course pre-requisites prior to registration with the overseas institution. 
Citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible to apply


Subjects Available
Asian Studies International Studies
Chinese Global Studies

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 
Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.

Students pay the same tuition for China: Language & Culture at Peking University as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs including accommodations, travel, and other expenses see the Budget Estimates at the top of the brochure page.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program.

Academic Year: September to July


The China: Language & Culture at Peking University program is affiliated with Peking University (PKU), a major research university located in Beijing. The university, which was founded in 1898, is consistently listed as one of the highest ranked universities in China.

China - Learn ChineseStudents in the CSU IP China: Language and Culture at Peking University program take Chinese language and culture courses at PKU’s School of Chinese as a Second Language (SCSL). Chinese language courses are offered at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students take a language placement exam upon arrival to determine their level. All students are required to take conversation, reading and writing courses. Students may also take Listening in Chinese, Writing Chinese Characters, Newspaper Readings, and other special subjects in Chinese economics, history, music, politics, and religion.

Courses in English are available through the "China Series" program. Students can take 1-2 courses from the Series and should be aware that enrollment is limited.

At the elementary level, students take 20 hour per week of intensive language classes emphasizing grammar, reading, speaking, and listening. CSU IP students at the elementary level do not take electives. At the intermediate and advanced levels special topics and electives are available. Students who score highly on their language placement test may be permitted to take courses from regular departments at PKU if permission is granted from the department.

For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the CSU IP Academic Bulletin from the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study.


The China: Language & Culture at Peking University program is located in Beijing, the capital city of China. Beijing is one of the most populous cities in the world with over 21 million inhabitants. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by population after Shanghai and is the nation’s political, cultural, and education center. PKU’s School of Chinese as a Second Language, where most students take classes, is situated in the western part of campus amidst the international student complex known as Shao Yuan. This complex includes dormitories, cafeteria, post office, coffee shop, as well as classrooms and offices.


Upon arrival in Beijing, students are provided with temporary accommodations arranged by CSU IP. During the orientation week, the on-site staff will provide students with housing information and assist them in finding permanent accommodations. Most students live in local apartments, and there may be limited availability in dormitories.


Applicants must complete and submit two applications for this program: the CSUF online application and the CSU IP online application*Note: The CSU IP application will require an official transcript for the host university, and it must be a hard copy sent to CSU IP.

Citizens of the People's Republic of China are not eligible to apply.

If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you still may be eligible to apply. 

Students are placed into broad categories of elementary (beginning), intermediate and advanced language levels:
  • Elementary Chinese students: Students placed at this level take two required courses for a total of 20 units in a semester. Students receive 20 hours per week of intensive language instruction which emphasizes grammar, reading, speaking and listening. They are not allowed to take electives.
  • Intermediate and advanced Chinese language students: Intermediate students are required to take 14 hours of Chinese language courses per week, and advanced students are required to take 12 hours of Chinese language courses per week. Required courses include a reading and writing course, and a speaking course. To supplement their Chinese language courses, students may take special topic courses and electives where writing is emphasized. Special programs that require separate admission and fees are not available to CSU IP students. Students normally take 14 to 18 units each semester, and are cautioned from taking more units due to the heavy workload involved.
  • Advanced Chinese language students may be permitted to take regular university courses taught in Chinese, subject to approval from the department and the CSU IP Office. Students interested in taking regular university courses must demonstrate Chinese language proficiency by passing a Chinese Placement Test taken at the start of the semester (CSU IP Academic Bulletin for China).