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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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

Course restrictions

Exchange applicants at PKU including Guanghua School of Management must be non-Chinese citizens (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao), and PKU applicants must be aged between 18–45.

Courses in the following areas are not open to exchange students:

  • Health Science Center
  • Faculties with special pre-requisites
  • Tailor-made programs
  • Shenzhen Graduate School

Master-level courses are only available with the faculty’s permit.

The School of Chinese as a Second Language does not offer any courses taught in English.

PKU Guanghua School of Management (GSM):

  • MBA is available
  • Students applying for GSM undergraduate courses must have flexibility in their UQ program requirements. 

Additional academic information

Study options:

  1. Undergraduate courses taught in English , the list is also available to download at here.
  2. Undergraduate courses taught in Chinese
  3. Postgraduate courses taught in English
  4. Guanghua School of Management MBA program: Both English taught and Chinese taught courses are open to exchange students. Please refer to the Timetable file which you could download from "Course Information" on Guanghua webpage for the list of Chinese taught and English taught courses. 
  5. Chinese Language Studies Program (20 hours per week) available at Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels. 

This program consists of:

  • Intensive Chinese (reading and writing): 6-10 class hours/week
  • Spoken Chinese (speaking and listening): 6-10 class hours/week
  • Electives are available to help you to meet the 20 class hours per week requirement if needed (e.g. Business Chinese, Chinese Grammar, Pronunciation, Chinese Cultures etc).
  • Students are required to attend all classes. 

Please see program details to determine your language level, and the below may help you with course selections.

Elementary Level:

初级必修课程(Compulsory Courses of the Elementary Level):

  • Elementary Intensive Chinese(初级汉语精读)(8-10 class hours/week)
  • Elementary Spoken Chinese(初级汉语口语)(8-10 class hours/week

初级选修课程(Elective Courses of the Elementary Level):

  • Elementary Chinese Characters and Words(初级汉字)(4 class hours/week)
  • Elementary Chinese Listening(初级汉语听力)(4 class hours/week)

Intermediate Level: 

中级必修课程(Compulsory Courses of the Intermediate Level):

  • Intermediate Intensive Chinese(中级汉语精读)(6-8 class hours/week)
  • Intermediate Spoken Chinese(中级汉语口语)(6-8 class hours/week)

中级选修课程(Elective Courses of the Intermediate Level):

  • Pronunciation(正音)(2 class hours/week)
  • Intermediate Chinese Listening(中级听力)(2 class hours/week)
  • Audio-Video Chinese for Intermediate Learners(中级视听说)(4 class hours/week)
  • Intermediate Chinese Writing(中级写作)(4 class hours/week)
  • Chinese Characters and Words(字词选讲)(4 class hours/week)
  • Intermediate Chinese Grammar(中级语法)(4 class hours/week)
  • Business Chinese for Intermediate Learners(中级商务汉语)(4 class hours/week)
  • Lectures on Chinese Culture(中国语言文化讲座)(2 class hours/week)

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 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 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, Global Experience 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

You must register your travel plans on the International SOS so that you can be contacted and supported in an emergency.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.