The Yenching Academy master’s program in China Studies incorporates both Eastern and Western perspectives, as scholars draw upon diverse viewpoints to explore issues related to contemporary Chinese society and culture. The curriculum investigates Chinese thoughts and values, drawing upon interdisciplinary theories and methodologies from both China and abroad. The program focuses on core features and values of Chinese society and Chinese civilization’s role in the transformation of modern global culture and governance.
Yenching Scholars complete core and elective courses that introduce them to major topics in the field of China Studies. The Academy also organizes field studies to culturally, economically, and socio-politically significant regions within Mainland China.
Chinese language study is compulsory for all international students. In addition to Yenching Academy course offerings, Scholars may select courses in other Peking University departments, taught in either Chinese or English. For Yenching Scholars from China, at least 75% of the courses must be taught in English.
Graduation from the Academy requires the successful completion of at least 31 academic credits, as well as writing and orally defending a master’s thesis.
The Yenching Academy annually enrolls approximately 120 new students from both the Chinese Mainland and abroad, to study, live, and learn together. International students comprise roughly 80% of the student body.
Financial Support of Yenching Academy master’s Scholarship program 2021-2022
- Tuition fees
- Monthly stipend
- One round-trip travel fare
- Field study costs
Eligibility of Peking University Master’s Scholarship 2021-2022
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field or currently enrolled on a degree program awarded no later than August 31, 2021;
- An outstanding academic record;
- Strong interest in the interdisciplinary study of China;
- A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement, social responsibility, and leadership potential;
- English proficiency.
Required Documents of Master’s Scholarship Program in China 2021
Candidates may apply through Yenching Academy’s online application portal. Each applicant will create an account on the Yenching Academy admissions portal and submit the following materials in English:
- Completed online application form;
- Personal statement (750 words or less);
- Research proposal (maximum one page);
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Official transcript(s);
- Diploma(s) or Certificate(s) of Enrollment;
- Two letters of recommendation;
- English requirements and minimum scores:
○ IELTS (Academic): Overall 7.0
○ TOEFL (iBT): Overall 100
○ Cambridge English Scale (Advanced): Overall 185
○ CEFR: C1 level
○ CET 6: Overall 600
○ TEM 4: Pass level of “良好” or above
Native English speakers and students or alumni of primarily English taught degree programs (undergraduate or above) are not required to provide English proficiency test scores.
English proficiency tests must be taken after September 1, 2019. Currently, we do not accept TOEFL MyBest Scores.
Application deadline for Peking University Master’s Scholarship 2021-2022
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 cohort of Yenching Scholars.
Application deadline: December 4, 2020 (12:00 noon Beijing time).
Peking University has a regulation pertaining to applicants from the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan who have previously changed their citizenship and intend to apply as an international student. Former citizens of the P.R.C., Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan must have switched their citizenship for at least six years before being eligible to apply as an international student. Such applicants will need to provide a non-PRC, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan passport that became valid before April 30, 2015. They will also need to provide proof of their renunciation of Chinese citizenship.
More details will be available through the admissions portal once the applicant has created an account.