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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.


  • My YCA Story | Wesley Harfield (New Zeala...

    My time at Peking University and Yenching Academy has been one of the most memorable and life-changing years I have ever experienced. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by an outstanding group of talented individuals who supported and encouraged one another to learn and grow.

    October 13, 2020
  • My YCA Story | Hannah Rose Kirk (UK)

    My time at Yenching Academy of Peking University has been brightly coloured by many diverse and exciting opportunities, made brighter by interactions with Scholars from all corners of the globe which allowed me to not only learn about China but also about the cultures and customs of many other countries.

    October 13, 2020
  • Speech by Dean Yuan Ming at the 2020 Open...

    Dear Members of the Yenching community—faculty, staff, alumni and friends—please join me to extend our warmest welcome to the newest members of our community, the incoming students of the 2020 cohort and their families. Among them, 40 are from Asia, 4 from Africa, 22 from North America, 20 from Europe, 4 from South America, 1 from Oceania, 1 from the Middle East.Congratulations and Welcome!

    September 23, 2020
  • Yenching Academy hosts Opening Ceremony o...

    On Saturday 19th September, the Opening Ceremony of the Yenching Academy’s academic year 2020-2021 took place. With many of our students still unable to join us on campus, the Ceremony combined the on-site event with a live stream for those attending online. The ceremony was moderated by Dr. Brent Haas, Director of Admissions Affairs at Yenching Academy, and featured several distinguished guest speakers, as well as messages and performances from our students.

    September 23, 2020
  • Tour around the Peking University Campus ...

    Yenching scholars not only belong to the Yenching Academy family, but also bond strongly with the larger Peking University community. Here, we are delighted to present a video made by our scholars, and a message from the producer, Samu Ngwenya (2019 Yenching Scholar, Zimbabwe):Hello 6th cohorters!Some of the scholars from the 4th and 5th Cohort who are still on campus wanted to send you somethi...

    August 7, 2020
  • Yenching Academy of Peking University Int...

    The Yenching Academy of Peking University introduces its sixth cohort: 94 outstanding young scholars who will enroll in the interdisciplinary Master’s in China Studies program this September. The scholars hail from 30 countries and regions; 69 international students will come together with 25 Chinese students. Through coursework, independent research, and field studies, they will examine China...

    July 30, 2020



Yenching Academy of Peking University is currently accepting applications from international, Chinese Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan candidates for the 2021 cohort, and will accept applications until December 4, 2020 (12:00 noon Beijing time).

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