Studying at Peking University – 2010-2011

I was most fortunate to be admitted to Peking University for the 2010-2011 academic year as a Senior Visiting Student in the Archaeology and Museology Department.

Peking University, founded in 1898 is the best known of all China’s universities. It presently has 15,000 undergraduate students, 12,000 postgraduate students and 7,000 doctoral candidates. The University website can be found

The academic year is divided into spring and autumn semesters. The autumn semester starts in September and ends in January, while the spring semester starts in February and ends in June. International students have the following options at Peking University:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree granting programs;
  • Visiting student (non-degree granting) programs;
  • Pre-university programs; and
  • Short term language course or Chinese studies programs.

The degree granting programs all require advanced Chinese language capability and an outstanding academic record.

Senior Visiting Student Program candidates must have a Master’s or Honours degree. They are normally supervised by a professor of the accepting department to conduct research in a specific area. The program is one year, but may be extended. There is no requirement for Chinese language, subject to the agreement of the supervising professor and there is no requirement to attend classes. The fee is A$5,500. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens and should be under 50 years of age. The application form is available

A more flexible program is available for post-doctoral research scholars. Application forms for this program are also available

Anyone wishing to apply to study at Peking University is welcome to contact me at:



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