Peking University (PKU) is considered by many to be "the Harvard of China." PKU is a member of the C9 League, analogous to the Ivy League in the United States, and often ranked among the top higher education institutions in China. Only those who score highest in nationwide examinations are admitted, with a total enrollment of about 35,000.
In 1898 the then Imperial University of Peking was founded as the first national university covering comprehensive disciplines in China, replacing the ancient imperial academy which had for hundreds of years trained administrators for China's civil service. When China became a republic in 1912 the university took on its current name. Its 274 hectare campus sits in Beijing's Haidian District, near the famous Yuanmingyuan Garden and Summer Palace, and is known as known as 'Yan Yuan' or 'the garden of Yan.' In 1918, Mao Zedong took up a minor post at the university, where he was first exposed to Marxist reading and became a communist. Noted writer Lu Xun also lectured on Chinese literature there. Later, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the university had to move to Changsha, and later to Kunming. The university took on more of a public, rather than national character after the communist revolution, though later had to shut down for four years during the rending change of the cultural revolution. It played a key part in national protests when in 1989 three thousand of its students, along with students from neighboring Tsinghua University, erected shrines to Hu Yaobang and later gathered in a mass demonstration at Tiananmen Square. The university has been crucial to China's modernization, and maintains that it has retained a traditional emphasis on patriotism and progress.
Freeman students study at PKU's Guanghua School of Management. It has consistently been regarded as one of the top business schools in China, often recognized for faculty research, academic teaching, and admission selectivity. Guanghua offers undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, with a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students.
The school has more than 8,000 students, 200 academic staff (of whom more than 40 percent are international), 300 university partners in 75 countries and over 49,000 alumni. The school is triple accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.
Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China, is the political, cultural, international exchange, and scientific and technological innovation center of the country. Beijing sits against the Yanshan Mountains at the north of the North China Plain, bordering the Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province.
As a city, Beijing boasts the most world cultural heritage sites, with numerous locations of great historical interest, including the Imperial Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall of China at Badaling, the Summer Palace, and others, which have been built throughout the city’s grand history of more than 3,000 years. On October 1, 1949, Beijing became the capital of the People’s Republic of China. By the end of 2015, the permanent resident population of Beijing had reached 21.7 million. In 2015, the GDP of Beijing totaled 2.3 trillion yuan, equivalent to USD 344 billion.
China is arguably the best country for a business student to study abroad. When it comes to economics, China has been the world's fastest growing country for the past 30 years. Even during the financial crisis, China's economic growth has maintained a level of 8%, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China's GDP recently surpassed Japan's to become the world's second largest economy after the United States. The world's top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.
The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world's next generation of leaders.
The students of Peking University enjoy a rich and vibrant campus life. Peking University has been famous for its student activities ever since the time of its foundation. Enjoying the full support from the university, students are encouraged to experience colorful campus lives. There are more than two hundred student-organized associations, and a range of student activities running year-round, which satisfy the different demands of local as well as international students. Through these activities, students cultivate their interpersonal friendship, creativity and leadership.
Every year, there are several carefully designed festivals and activities, which are regarded as main campus events. Some of them are annual, such as New Year’s Eve Celebration, or the International Cultural Festival. Others may be the result of the university encouraging students to follow current trends or explore new activities; the Singing Competition for Foreign Students is one such new event.
Students at Peking University not only receive a comprehensive and prestigious academic education, but also experience a balanced life, consisting of a vibrant array of student organizations and activities, leadership development opportunities, international programs and athletic competitions. Being a student at Peking University, you have the privilege of making good use of her resources to work towards realizing your dreams. The university seeks to fulfill its commitment to free speech and inquiry with the importance of an education that encompasses the whole person in mind. PKU expects all students to be open to the numerous challenges and opportunities the institution provides and offers.
Guanghua School of Management has a buddy program where students from similar programs are matched with incoming exchange students during their study at the school. The buddy serves as a resource and guide for the exchange student.
The Fall semester runs September - December or January. The Spring semester runs January - June.
For Fall semester, most courses taught in English will be completed by December 24. All Chinese-taught courses will be finished in mid-January. For Spring semester, exams for both English and Chinese taught courses will be completed before the end of June.
Ranking and Rigor
#36 in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
#30 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane.
Students have access to English- and Chinese-taught courses at the Bachelor (undergraduate) level. For a list of courses commonly offered at PKU and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see Guanghua's course catalog.
Credit-bearing "Business Chinese" classes are open to all exchange students free of charge.
Orientation and registration takes place 1-2 weeks before the beginning of classes and will acquaint you with Peking University, Guanghua, and Chinese culture. In addition, you will receive important information regarding course selection, visa, residence permit, and adjusting to life in China. The orientation and registration day for Fall semester will be in September. The orientation and registration day for Spring will be in January.
Students typically enroll in 4 - 6 courses per semester.
Class formats vary. Lectures and case analyses are common. Student work is typically assessed on a combination of attendance, presentations, papers, projects and exams. Academics are taken serious. Class attendance is mandatory until the last day of classes.
Teaching and learning styles in China may be somewhat different from what you are accustomed to at Freeman. Many professors use the teaching format of lecture only with little interaction between student and professor. As is the case in any institution, some professors are more creative/innovative than others and will do their best to make the classroom experience both interesting and stimulating. The Chinese classroom is usually a one-way street with the professor giving and the students receiving (this is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition). Take up the challenge of this different classroom culture. Make it one of your goals to adapt and function successfully in a different environment.
Expect language differences and difficulties. Many of the classes in which you enroll will be taught by Chinese professors who will use English as the medium of instruction. Remember that English is often not their first language and sometimes pronunciations and ease of communication is not as efficient as it might be if they were using their first language. The same is true for the local Chinese students. They will be communicating with you in English, their second/third language. You will need to be patient and flexible when it comes to communication. A helpful reminder: Suppose it were you attempting to express yourself in Mandarin.
Final course grades are often based on class participation, projects, case analyses, mid-term and final exams (varies by class).
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
PKU uses a 0-100 grading scale. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at PKU. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Students who are Chinese nationals must have been studying outside of China for 5 years prior to participation in the exchange program.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Secondary application requirements are explained on the School's Factsheet. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
On-campus accommodation is currently not available due to the overwhelming demand. Exchange students will arrange their own accommodations off-campus. GISA (Guanghua International Students Association) and the Office of International Relations will offer necessary information.