Peking University Summer Programme

Have you got plans this summer?

How about spending five weeks at Peking University in China while being involved in a project for a New Zealand organisation? Through the Peking University Summer Programme you might just get there!

Welcome to the information session

Where: A9 Lecture Theatre
Time and date: 24 July, 5pm and 31 July, 5pm
If you would like to attend please email

Valuable experience

This five-week programme organised in collaboration with Peking University provides an opportunity for 14 students to explore Beijing while working on a project for a New Zealand organisation including the Canterbury Mayoral Forum and Christchurch Educated. 

Unique insight

You will also benefit by living near Peking University in the centre of Beijing. This combined with your project as well as language, history and culture classes will enable you to gain a unique insight into another culture, which is supplemented by a series of day trips in and around Beijing. This programme provides a series of experiences that would not otherwise be possible, framed by an academic programme designed to maximise leaning and growth. 

Peking University is ranked 29th in the THE World University Rankings 2016/17 and 38th equal in the QS World University Rankings 2018. It is also ranked first place in China according to the THE World University Rankings 2016/17.

Earn credit

This summer programme is open to undergraduate students from all degrees and majors. Successful applicants will enrol in the College of Arts internship paper, PACE295, worth 15 credits. Information on the College of Arts internship programme is available at

2017 summer school dates:

This programme will run from Friday, 17 November 2017 to Sunday, 24 December 2017.

Introduction to your project and preliminary work will be undertaken prior to your departure for Beijing on Friday, 11 November 2017. You will arrive back in Christchurch on Sunday, 24 December 2017.


This programme is fully funded in 2017 through the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia (PMSA) programme. It includes all of the below:

  • Return flights from Christchurch to Beijing
  • Accommodation and meals while there
  • Activities and day trips in and around Beijing
  • Pick up and drop off at airport
  • Insurance
  • Chinese visa

You will need to enrol in, and pay the course fee for PACE295.

For more information on the PMSA, click here

Key numbers

14   places available

5   the number of weeks that students will spend in Beijing

1   the ranking of Peking University in China according to the THE World University Rankings 2016/17


To apply, please email with "Peking University Summer Programme" as your subject line by the end of Wednesday, 9 August 2017 and include:

Applications are open to all students who meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a current undergraduate student, with priority given to those who are returning to their undergraduate studies in 2018.
  • This programme is designed for students with no or little prior knowledge of China, although students with more extensive knowledge may be considered on a case by case basis.
  • You will need to have a valid passport by the time that visa applications are submitted.
  • It is recommended that Students have a GPA of 5.0 (B average) or above, but students with a GPA below this are still encouraged to apply. All applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • You must have New Zealand permanent residency or citizenship to be eligible due to PMSA requirements, although one or two extra places may be available to outstanding international students.


Students interested in the Peking University Summer Programme are encouraged to attend Lingoswap, weekly classes run by Global China Connection (GCC) Canterbury in term 3 aimed at students wanting to grasp basic Chinese conversational lingo. To find out more about this, keep an eye on the GCC Facebook page.

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