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The Yenching Academy of Peking University aims to build bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master's program in China Studies. This initiative brings together young people who have demonstrated a talent for leadership and innovation. At Yenching, they are immersed in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world—past, present, and future. The Academy's goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China.

The Yenching Academy provides full fellowships to its Scholars, and offers them a wide array of interdisciplinary courses on China within broadly defined fields of the humanities and social sciences. Working closely with their academic mentors, Yenching Scholars create their own study paths by choosing courses from six research areas. They participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and field studies, organized by the Yenching Academy, and designed by scholars themselves. Studying at the Academy is an exceptional opportunity to take part in intercultural exchanges and interdisciplinary learning, developing both personally and professionally.


  • Irish Ambassador Visits Yenching Academy,...

    On May 30, 2023, the Irish Ambassador to China, Her Excellency Dr. Ann Derwin, visited Yenching Academy of Peking University and delivered a talk to Yenching Scholars on “Women in Diplomacy.” Amb. Derwin was accompanied by a delegation from the Irish Embassy in China, including Sarah Finn, a member of the first cohort of Yenching Scholars enrolled in Fall 2015. This event was organized as par...

    June 8, 2023
  • Yenching Academy of Peking University Int...

    The Yenching Academy of Peking University introduces its ninth cohort: 116 outstanding young Scholars who will enroll in the interdisciplinary China Studies Master's program this September. The Scholars hail from 31 countries and regions; 85 international students will come together with 31 Chinese students. Through coursework, independent research, and field studies, they will examine China’s...

    June 1, 2023
  • Prof. Tong Shijun Delivers Lecture on Ber...

    On May 10, Prof. Tong Shijun, Chancellor of Shanghai New York University (NYU Shanghai), delivered a lecture titled “Bertrand Russell’s Problem of China (1922) and its Three Chinese Readers: Liang Shuming, Lu Xun and Mao Zedong” as part of the Topics in China Lectures Series for the 2022/2023 Spring semester. Hosted by Yenching Academy Director of Graduate Studies Lu Yang, the class reviewed...

    May 17, 2023
  • Singing and Dancing in the Spring-day Yan...

    Clothes, light as gauze, are blown by the spring breeze; High, go spirits, in dance.Yenching Scholars had a two-day dance workshop on May 12–13, led by Tian Qing, a Peking University Primary School dancer-teacher and scene director for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. At the invitation of the Yenching Academy, Tian brought our Scholars to the world of the classical Chinese dance Tage (Dancing...

    May 17, 2023
  • YCA Story | Amanda Cassano: An Optimistic...

    Amanda Cassano (2022 cohort, United States) received her B.A. in 2022 from Bowdoin College, where she majored in Economics and Asian Studies with a concentration in China Studies. She is a 2021 graduate of the Princeton in Beijing Summer Language program and a 2022 recipient of the U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship for Mandarin Chinese. At Yenching Academy, she is pursuing res...

    May 16, 2023
  • Being a Residential Advisor in Yenching A...

    Want to know what life is like being a Yenching Scholar and living in the on-campus Shaoyuan dormitory? Look no further. Our Residential Advisors have created a 4-part video series sharing their insights on the subjects.Our RAs, Daniel Tafelski (Germany), Bella Tseeva (Russia and Portugal), Jorge Luis Filio Flores (Mexico), and Sarah Elizabeth Brooker (United States), welcome you to embark on t...

    May 16, 2023



We are currently accepting application for the 2023 Yenching Academy Summer Experience until 12:00 noon on June 11, 2023 (Beijing time).


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2023 cohort from international applicants, or applicants from the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions. More information about recruitment for 2024 intake will become available in August.

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