China Studies in Beijing

Fall quarter program at the Stanford Center at Peking University

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Please note, this program is still pending final university approval

During the fall quarter of 2019, Stanford faculty in collaboration with Freeman Spogli Institute will offer an intensive program of coursework on contemporary China to a select group of 20 Stanford students. Peking University faculty will offer coursework in the program. The courses will be open to Stanford upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.


There will be credit-bearing courses offered to the program participants covering topics such as China’s domestic politics, society and economy. The courses will be combined with field visits. More details will follow pending final university approval. Course offerings for fall 2019 will also be accounced at that time.

The Stanford faculty-taught courses for fall 2018 included:

  • China and the World: Sources and Shapers of China’s Global Engagement
    Taught by Professor Thomas Fingar, Freeman Spogli Institute
  • Key Issues in Chinese Politics
    Taught by Professor Jean C. Oi, Department of Political Science and Freeman Spogli Institute
  • The Economic Development of Greater China: Past, Present, and Future
    Taught by Professor Scott Rozelle, Freeman Spogli Institute
  • Chinese Society in the Era of Reform
    Taught by Professor Andrew Walder, Department of Sociology and Freeman Spogli Institute


To apply, please complete the online application on SOLO. Applicants will need to submit:

  • Application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of interest (Explain your interest in the program, applicable background, and ways your participation in the program would further your academic and professional goals)
  • Unofficial transcript


  1. Can I receive regular degree credit for the courses taught at SCPKU?
    Yes, the courses taught by Stanford faculty are eligible for regular degree credit.
  2. Who is eligible to apply?
    The program is tailored to the interests of students in the M.A. program in East Asian Studies, the M.A. in International Policy Studies, undergraduates majoring in International Relations or Political Science, or Ph.D. students in several fields who have completed their coursework in the first two years of their program and who would find an intensive quarter in Beijing as a boost to their anticipated doctoral research. However, students from all departments are encouraged to apply.
  3. What are the estimated site visits and extracurricular activities?
    Guest lectures and site visits in 2018 included access to individuals and officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Development and Reform Commission, the U.S. Embassy, venture capital firms, start-ups and large Chinese multinationals. There were also site visits to suburban rural communities and schools for migrant children in Beijing, organized as part of certain class trips. Stanford overseas students traveled to Chengde, Hebei; Jinzhou, Dalian and Dandong (on the border with North Korea) in Liaoning Province; as well as to relevant parts of the city and countryside in Shandong Province at various points in the program. Student academic experience was further enhanced by lunchtime seminar series with outside guests organized by Stanford faculty.
  4. Where will I live?
    The program participants will live in the international dorm at SCPKU.
  5. How much does the program cost?
    Each participant will receive a travel stipend and sufficient living stipend to live in Beijing. The exact amount will be decided upon pending final university approval. Participants will need to pay the standard tuition as they will be enrolled in credit-bearing Stanford courses at SCPKU. 
  6. When can I apply?
    The application page for China Studies in Beijing’s Fall 2019 program is now open. The due date for candidate statement of intrest and application is February 1. Final candidates selected for the program will be notified pending final university approval. For more information and updates, please email Patrick Laboon, FSI's Academic Program Manager, at

Stanford Center at Peking University

The Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is located in Beijing's dynamic Haidian District on the Peking University campus. SCPKU brings academic and educational connections together between established scholars and young researchers from the U.S. to East Asia in order to foster a vibrant network of intellectual exchange and collaboration.

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China Studies in Beijing 2018

SCPKU Welcomes Stanford Students to China Studies in Beijing

Read about student experiences with China Studies in Beijing in fall 2018

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Read about student experiences with China Studies in Beijing in fall 2018

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Applications are due February 1, 2019

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