US-China Relations, China in the Global Economy, Rural Economics, Doing Business in China, Modern Chinese History, Science and Society in Pre-modern China, Chinese Political Reforms, Chinese Women's Studies, Chinese Arts, Chinese Literature, and Chinese Muslim and Foreign Policy.
Fall: late August - early December
Spring: mid January - late April
Minimum 3.2 GPA, good academic standing. One previous area studies course is recommended. No language prerequisite for the Non-Immersion Track.
The program has a two-tier structure for language studies:
1) The Non-Immersion Track
: Students are required to take a 6 credit Chinese language course in addition to three area studies courses (for a minimum of 15 credits total). You may find a sample of these courses here
. The instruction and content is similar to the Full-Immersion Track
, however, the language pledge is not required. Class sizes are capped at 10 students.
2) The Full Immersion Track
: Students focus entirely on language proficiency and take 15 credits in Chinese language studies. These students will also be under a language pledge. Program includes language activities mini courses addressing cultural topics. You may find a sample of these courses here
. The Full Immersion Track has a prerequisite of at least two semesters of Chinese or equivalent.
The program offers a wide range of courses on China-related subjects such as foreign policy, philosophy, economic development, business practice, history, arts, Chinese literature, and Chinese language. Full-semester internships are available with various businesses, news and cultural agencies, government and non-profit organizations, providing students an opportunity of gaining first-hand experience about China's culture, society, and political and economic development.
Beijing Program of Asian Studies is located at Peking University (PKU), China's foremost institution of higher learning. Beijing is China's capital with over 800 years of history, and was also the host city for the Olympic Games in 2008. As China's political and cultural center today, Beijing is an ideal place from which to study the interplay of the forces shaping modern China.
China is a multinational society with significant differences in language and dialects, customs, cultures, and ethnicity. The program takes students to historical places in and around Beijing as well as local villages in the northern mountains, where students can investigate rural communities.
Excursions are organized every other weekend in conjunction with Chinese students at Peking University. There are also weekly activities to boost language acquisition. At the end of the semester, students participate in one of six study trips. Lectures are incorporated in the end-of-semester trip to help make the trip a more meaningful learning experience. The topics include ancient history in Xi'an, Tibetan Buddhism in Llasa, ethnic minorities in Guilin, and economic development in Shanghai.
Emory College Study Abroad maintains a list of blanket approved courses. This list specifies how courses taken abroad will transfer back to Emory. PLEASE NOTE: Students may obtain additional approvals for courses that are not currently on this Blanket Approval List
. In case you would like to seek approval from other departments, please see the Faculty Representative List
Prospective students can explore course offerings and their respective syllabus for both Fall
semester. There are also Area Studies
courses that are available to interested students.
Students may participate in a 3-credit internship. Students are expected to work two full-days per week during the semester. The program currently has over 40 institutions as internship hosts--for more detailed information, please reach out to China Studies Institute directly.
: In order to receive credit for an internship, students must have an Emory department sponsor the internship as a course. Full information is available here
Most students live in campus dorms at Peking University. The dorms are within walking distance to the classroom building. Each room is furnished with beds, desks, lamps, closets, etc., and has a bathroom. In addition to on-campus dorms, a limited number of off-campus hotels and off-campus apartments are also available. In case of limited space, a lottery will be used to maintain fairness. In order to be eligible for off-campus apartments or a homestay, students must possess a high level of Chinese language proficiency or have lived in China for over three months. Please note that no meals are included in any type of housing.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet: Spring