Chinese Language Studies Program is open to international students who love Chinese Language and Chinese culture. Students learn Chinese at the PKU School of Chinese as a Second Language as full-time general visiting students. 

Instruction is divided into elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels. Class size is approximately fifteen students per class. Normally class hours are from Monday to Friday, four academic hours per day, twenty hours per week. For more Chinese language course information, please visit the School of Chinese as a Second Language (

Besides Chinese language studies in the classroom, Peking University also offers program students a series of activities to experience Chinese culture and get a deeper understanding of China.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a program certificate and an official transcript. The program is normally one semester long, but students could apply for extending their study period to at most four semesters in accumulation.

Application Prerequisites

Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens with a valid passport and have a formal education background at high school level or above, in good health, above the age of 18, and under the age of 45.

Chinese Proficiency Requirement

No Chinese proficiency requirement.

Application Process

Application is completed through two steps:

Step 1. Online Registration

Register your details athttp: // Please choose "Non-degree program"—"General Visiting Students Program"—"GVS3", fill in the application form, choose "School of Chinese as a Second Language" when filling in the study plan online, submit and download the application form in PDF format.

Step 2. Submit Hardcopies of the Application Materials

Please send the hard copies of the following documents to the PKU International Students Division by postage/express.

Ⅰ. Peking University Application Form. Print the downloaded form out, sign, and attach a passport-style photograph.

Ⅱ. Certification of highest degree attained or Certificate of Enrollment at University (original documents or certified copies, either in Chinese or English).

Ⅲ. Letter of Motivation/Study Plan, 500-1000 words, in Chinese/English.

Ⅳ. At least one recommendation letter from your school/company (original documents, either in Chinese or English).

Ⅴ. One photocopy of your valid passport ID page (passport type must be ordinary).

Note: Your application documents will not be returned.

Application Fee

CNY ¥400, paid in the following ways:

Ⅰ. in cash;

Ⅱ. by Yinlian bank card on spot;

Ⅲ. through online payment. 

Note: Any other currency or travel check would not be accepted. 

The application fee is not refundable.

Applications with incomplete hardcopies of materials or without application fees will not be considered. 

When to Apply

Fall Semester Admission: Online application starts on March 1st every year.

Spring Semester Admission: Online application starts on November 1st every year.

Note: Applications are on a "rolling" (first come, first served) basis – until full capacity. Only when the office receives the hard copies of all the required documents will the application be processed.


Admission will be determined according to your educational background and academic achievement. Upon acceptance, the University will send you the "Admission Notification" as well as the "Visa Application for Study in China (Form JW202)" at the end of the semester.

Registration Period

Fall Semester: In early September (specified in the Admission Notification);

Spring Semester: In February (specified in the Admission Notification).

PKU Academic Year

Fall Semester: normally from September to January;

Spring Semester: normally from February to June.

Tuition Fee (per person)

CNY ¥18,000/semester

Teaching Materials Fee

CNY ¥150-300/semester

Medical Insurance

The Ministry of Education of China requires that all international students be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Peking University international students are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan of Foreign Students on the day of registration. 

Students who do not have valid medical insurance will not be allowed to register.

For more information about the insurance, please visit the insurance company's website (

Contact Information

International Students Division, Office of International Relations

3rd Floor, New Sun Student Center,

Peking University, Beijing 100871

People's Republic of China

Telephone: +86-10-6275 1230

Fax: +86-10-6275 1233