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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 | Milind Taneja (India)

    Why did you choose to study at YCA?I took several China-themed courses related to my majors to enhance my understanding of the country while studying for my bachelor’s degree in economics and finance at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). By the end of my undergraduate studies, I had developed a passion for studying the Chinese economy and wanted to continue my explorations of China by pursuing...

    July 8, 2022
  • Graduation | He Yiran: Setting Sail from ...

    Yenching Academy of Peking University held the 2022 Graduation Ceremony on June 19. During the ceremony, He Yiran from the 2020 Cohort received his degree certificate and had his tassel moved to the other side, signifying the completion of his program.Yiran delivered a speech as the student representative at the orientation event for the 2021 Cohort, sharing his stories and experiences at the A...

    June 28, 2022
  • Dai Jinhua Talks on the Ways to Understan...

    On June 10, Yenching Academy held a lecture, Films Today: A way to Imagine China and Ourselves, as part of its Topics in China Studies Lecture Series for the 2022 Spring semester, taught by Professor Dai Jinhua, Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University. This class was hosted by Yenching Academy Associate Dean Fan Shiming, and Yenching Scholars joined the online session...

    June 27, 2022
  • Prof. Dong Qiang Holds the Fourth Live Se...

    On June 18, Prof. Dong Qiang, Dean of Yenching Academy and Chair of the French Department, Peking University, held the fourth Asian Youth Exchange Program live session to celebrate the participants’ completion of the program.Prof. Wang Bo, Vice President of Peking University, sent a video congratulating the Chinese and Japanese participants on their success and extending gratitude to those who...

    June 24, 2022
  • Peng Chun Delivers Lecture on Understandi...

    On June 16, Assistant Professor Peng Chun, Assistant Dean at the Peking University Law School, delivered a lecture at Yenching Academy titled “Understanding China’s Social Credit System” as part of the Topics in China Studies Lecture Series for the 2022 Spring semester. Associate Dean Brent Haas hosted the session, with 6th cohort Yenching Scholars participating in the online class from acro...

    June 24, 2022
  • Prof. Giuseppe Vignato Delivers a Lecture...

    On June 9, Professor Giuseppe Vignato, Professor of Archaeology, Peking University, gave a lecture themed “Buddhist Rock Monasteries of Kucha: A Glass Half Full – What was in the Other Half?” Hosted by Yenching Academy Director of Graduate Studies Prof. Lu Yang and joined by YCA Scholars in the 2021 cohort, this class is part of the Topics in China Studies Lecture Series for the 2022 Spring ...

    June 23, 2022



Recruitment for the 2023 cohort of Mainland Chinese candidates is now open, and we will accept applications until May 20, 2022 (12:00 noon Beijing time).


Application for the 2023 cohort of international, Chinese Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan candidates will begin in August 2022.

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