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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 China Story | Raffaella Rossi (United ...

    Five years have gone by since the day when I scribbled my first Chinese character and, after all this time, I still get asked the same question: why China? I usually like to take people by surprise replying: "for the food, of course, it is delicious!" But as I prepare to move to Beijing, I want to finally assert to this question a more serious answer.If I had to recall when my passion for the f...

    July 9, 2019
  • My China Story | Thabiso Donald Mphilane ...

    My name is Thabiso, and I fell in love with China when I studied at Fudan University, Shanghai under the Centre for BRICS Studies in 2017. I chose to study in China for my Master's because this country (China) is a powerhouse to be looked at in the near future. The economy is thriving at a very fast reaction and many projects are being implemented in South Africa and Africa as a whole because o...

    July 9, 2019
  • My China Story | Lily Falzon (United Stat...

    ​I'm Lily Falzon, an incoming YCA scholar from the United States. Although I was born and raised in California, my China story has been in the making for some time. My great-grandfather, Wang Xiaolai (王晓籁), was a prominent businessman in early 20th-century Shanghai and served as Chairman of Shanghai's Chamber of Commerce. My grandmother, Wang Yunmei (王韵梅), won the first "Miss Shanghai" b...

    July 9, 2019
  • My China Story | Dickson David Agbaji (Ni...

    THE 21ST CENTURY: THE ERA OF THE CHINESEI dreaded Wednesdays throughout the second semester of my freshman year at the university. The reason being that my stern African politics professor with monstrous narcissistic tendencies (or so I perceived in error, as this perspective changed later) taught my colleagues and I on this day. He seldom smiled and possessed a strong disgust for lads sitting ...

    July 9, 2019
  • Speech by Professor Zhang Qingmin at the ...

    The Value of Having a Degree in China StudiesThank you for giving me the opportunity to speak at this commencement ceremony. As Mencius once said that it is one of the three pleasures to educate the world's talented people. I had the pleasure and honor to teach the best students from the best universities around the globe to study China at the best university in China. Your pleasant faces give ...

    July 3, 2019
  • Speech by Dean Yuan Ming at the 2019 Grad...

    A big thank you to my colleagues: Dean Fan, Dean Moser, the faculty and the whole YCA team, who have played enormous roles in educating, encouraging and helping our students.Thank you to the families who have flown out from every corner of the world to witness the important moment when their sons and daughters, even their grandchildren,  take the stage and receive their diplomas.And Graduates, ...

    July 3, 2019



Recruitment for the 2020 cohort of Mainland Chinese candidates is currently ongoing. Yenching Academy will open its application system to international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan candidates for the 2020 cohort on August 15, and will accept applications until December 06, 2019 (12:00 noon Beijing time).

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