Yenching Academy Graduate Program at Peking University

About the program

The Yenching Academy of Peking University builds bridges between China and the rest of the world through an interdisciplinary master’s program in China Studies for outstanding graduates from all over the globe. This initiative brings young people who show promise to lead and innovate in their fields together in an intensive learning environment where they can explore China and its role in the world - past, present, and future. The Academy aims to thereby shape a new generation of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China.

As a fully funded residential program, the Yenching Academy offers 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 are granted the flexibility to create their own study paths by choosing from six academic concentrations and participating in a variety of extracurricular activities. Studying at the Academy represents a unique opportunity not only for intercultural and academic exchange, but also for personal and professional development. 


As Peking University is a valued partner of UBC, they have offered to fully fund 1 – 2 UBC students or recent alumni for this experience. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in any field; currently enrolled degree program awarded no later than August 31 of the year in which they wish to enrol;

  • An outstanding academic record;

  • English proficiency demonstrated through one of the following scores*:

    • TOEFL: 100; IELTS: 7; Cambridge: 180; CEFR: C1;

  • A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility;

  • Indications of leadership potential.

Preference is given to candidates who are 25 years old or younger on August 31 in the year in which they wish to commence study.

Native English speakers and those enrolled in or graduated from a primarily English-taught degree program are not required to provide this documentation.

How to apply

Download and complete the application form (pdf), including the following:

  • Completed application form
  • Scanned copy of your most recent official transcript
  • Personal statement 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (download the form below)

Please have your references complete the Recommender Form for Partner Universities (pdf) and their recommendation letter and email them directly to .

Submit all documents to

Application Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm