China Studies in Beijing

Fall quarter program at the Stanford Center at Peking University

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During the fall quarter of 2018, faculty from several Stanford departments and the Freeman Spogli Institute will offer an intensive program of coursework on contemporary China to a select group of 12 Stanford students. Faculty from Peking University will teach as well. There will also be international students at Peking University participating in the courses. The courses are open to Stanford upper-division undergraduates and graduate students. FSI will cover the costs of travel, lodging, and other living expenses for all participants.


There will be credit-bearing courses offered to the program participants, covering various aspects of China’s domestic politics, foreign policy and international relations, economic development, and social trends. Courses taught by Peking University faculty will also be offered. Each course will be 4-5 credits, and each student will be expected to enroll in a full load of 3 courses. The courses will be combined with field visits. Separate Chinese-language tutoring can be arranged on a non-credit bearing basis for those who are interested. The Stanford faculty-taught courses for fall 2018 include:

  • 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 FSI 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 field visits?
    Field visits will include access to individuals in government agencies like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Party School and fieldwork to relevant parts of the city and/or countryside.
  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 a living stipend to cover the costs of the visas, flights, lodging, meals, and incidentals. FSI will also cover the Cardinal care insurance coverage for all participants. 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?
    Applications for fall 2018 open on November 1, 2017. The application deadline has been extended to April 13, 2018.

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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The application deadline has been extended to April 13, 2018.

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