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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.


  • Professor Xu Hong Delivers a Lecture on E...

    On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Professor Xu Hong, Researcher Fellow of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), delivered a lecture at Yenching Academy titled “Early China Through the Lens of Archaeology: Erlitou and Sanxingdui.” This lecture, part of the broader Topics in China Studies Lecture Series designed for the 2023/2024 Fall semester, was hosted by Pro...

    November 30, 2023
  • A Week of Discovery: Field Study in Chong...

    In November 2023,  2023 Yenching Scholars embarked on a week-long exploration through Chongqing and Sichuan, from the 12th to the 18th. This journey was an intricate blend of past and present, where we immersed ourselves in the ancient history and modern advancements of these regions. The trip provided a unique mix of educational experiences, cultural insights, and opportunities for personal gr...

    November 28, 2023
  • Brent Haas: From Sinology to Area Studies...

    Good morning distinguished guests, colleagues, and new friends. My name is Brent Haas and I’m Associate Dean at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. Ours is a two-year, fully-funded Master’s program in interdisciplinary China Studies. Every year we admit around 110 new students, with roughly 20% coming from the Chinese mainland and 80% from overseas. For course instruction and thesis ad...

    November 28, 2023
  • Future Is Rooted in the Fertile Soil of E...

    The first beam of civilization shed light on the land of today’s coastal provinces of China when the Hemudu people sowed the first seed of rice 7,000 years ago.Many millennia have forged the cradle of the area’s primitive civilization into present-day Ningbo, a port city known for its ancient libraries and book collections, vast as the sea and its long-standing education-first tradition etern...

    November 9, 2023
  • One Day in the Charhar Institute | Unders...

    On October 28, Yenching Academy students and teachers met Chinese diplomats and international relations experts at the Charhar Institute in the Shiyuan Garden and gained new insights into China’s public diplomacy. The thirty-people YCA group had good talks with the following renowned figures in the area: Ambassador Zhang Jianguo, Secretary General of the Charhar Institute; Ambassador Qiu Guoho...

    November 7, 2023
  • Fortescue Executive Chairman Andrew Forre...

    On November 1, Dr. Andrew Forrest AO, Executive Chairman at Fortescue, Minderoo Foundation, and Tattarang, delivered a special lecture at Yenching Academy titled “Lethal Humidity and the Upper Limit to Human Survival.” The session, hosted by Yenching Academy Associate Dean Fan Shiming, reviewed the impacts of climate change, providing a unique approach that stresses the lethal combination of ...

    November 6, 2023



Recruitment for the 2024 cohort of Mainland Chinese candidates is currently ongoing. We accept applications for the 2024 cohort from international applicants, as well as applicants from the Chinese regions of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, starting August 15, 2023.

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