Peking University

People's Republic of China

Language of instruction


Peking University has been a leading institution of higher education in China since its establishment in 1898 and is currently ranked within the Top 100 universities worldwide. The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialised knowledge and professional skill.

The campus, known as "Yan Yuan" (the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing. It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 2nd Semester (Spring) February–June
Semester 2 1st Semester (Autumn) September–January

PKU is only available for a single semester exchange.

View the PKU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

PKU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Discipline focused study:

4 courses per semester at PKU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Chinese Language Studies Program:

Requires 20 class hours per week to equate a full-time study load.

MBA at Peking - Guanghua School of Management:

12–15 credits per semester is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at PKU.

Students looking to study courses taught in Chinese must have HSK band 6 or pass the PKU Chinese Language Placement test.

Find courses

Please see "Additional academic information" for study options and specific course offerings if courses do not appear in the database.

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Study areas taught in English

Biological sciences
History and ancient history
Business administration

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.


Housing is available for exchange students in PKU’s on-campus accommodation, but places cannot be guaranteed. Information on the application process and other accommodation options are available from PKU’s International Student Division. 

Cost of living

The cost of living in Beijing is a bit higher than most cities in China. The PKU International Student Division provides a rough estimate of basic costs to help you prepare for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Students are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan for Foreign Students, which is offered by Peking University.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

PKU provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Chinese Embassy and Consulates for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

22 June for Semester 1 of the following year.

31 October for Semester 2 of the following year.