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Peking University Law School (PKU): Beijing, China

a. General information

Founded in 1898, Peking University (PKU, also called Beijing University) is the first national university in Chinese modern history, with a high reputation in and outside China, owing to the abundant teaching resources and outstanding research level. Peking University now consists of 31 colleges and 14 departments, offering 101 undergraduate programs, 224 postgraduate programs, and 202 doctoral programs.

As the oldest Law School in China, established in 1904, the law school of the Peking University consists of over 30 departments and research centers. It is known for its long history, rich culture, distinguished alumni, enlightened education policies, and exciting campus life. It has become a leading institution for legal education and a potent force for legal development in China. The Law school frequently partners with the government, law firms, and business communities in the development of cutting edge legal, social and commercial policy. The Law School also has many international links and partnership programs with leading universities and legal institutions around the world.

b. The exchange program

The Peking University Law School exchange program is specially designed for law students drawn from an impressive network of universities all over the world who wish to deepen their understanding of the forces shaping Chinese law and culture. The program offers a unique opportunity for the participants to expand their knowledge of both Chinese law and international law. Courses are taught in either Chinese (Mandarin) or English. Notice of the language in which courses will be taught will be provided to the students before the beginning of the semester.

Leading faculty members from Peking University Law School will offer Chinese law courses specially designed for international students. Teaching is comprised of both lectures and small‐ group seminars. Additionally, Peking University regularly attracts top scholars and practitioners in Chinese law and students will have first‐hand access to such distinguished presenters.

The exchange program will take place from February 13 to June 11, 2013. Students who participate in the program will study alongside about 150 students from China and other countries who are also spending the spring semester at Peking University. The program provides for a professional and personal experience of China’s legal system and culture and is the ideal place to exchange legal and cultural perspectives from different countries.

c. Academic calendar

Normal Schedule for Courses Taught in Chinese:

Fall Semester: September 1-January 10

Spring Semester: February 15-July 1. 

LLM Chinese Law Program:

Fall Semester: September 1-December 15

Spring Semester: February 15-May 20. 

For more information on academic calendar, please consult our website. 

d. Language of instruction

Most courses at Peking University Law School  are in Chinese (Mandarin), but there are additonal courses in English.  

Although there are quite a few law courses offered in English, students are encouraged to study Chinese to increase their understanding of the country’s legal system and its culture by participating in Chinese courses.

e. Academic requirements for the admission to the exchange program

To participate in the exchange program, students from countries where law is studied at a university or graduate level must have completed at least one year of law studies.

Because a number of courses will be taught in Chinese (Mandarin), a suitable level of Chinese (Mandarin) may be required. Stanford Law students interested in the exchange program should check with the program advisor at Peking University Law School for to determine the specific language requirement.

 f. Standard course loads

The Peking University’s academic year is comprised of two semesters: the Fall Semester and the Spring Semester. Each semester is 18 weeks. The last 2 weeks of each term is devoted to course reviews and examinations. Most courses are worth 2‐4 credits.

Visiting Students in any department at Peking University must attend the classes that pertain to their major for no less than 6 hours/week. Once these courses have been selected, students may enroll into and attend the courses that are unrelated to their major, with the approval of the director of their respective program.

g. Course enrollment and registration

All students must register on their designated day of registration. Visiting Students, Research Scholars, and new in‐takes will have to register at the Division of International Students Office. Please present your student ID/Admission Notification to the staff when registering.

Students must register in person. Keep in mind that no one can register on your behalf. The registration period generally takes place during the first week of classes. If a student cannot register on his/her designated time of registration, he/she is required to apply for a leave of absence in advance. For those who fail to register on time and who have not applied for a leave of absence, their absence will be recorded as an act of truancy or an unexcused absence in their attendance record. Students who have not registered two weeks after their designated day of registration will be dismissed from the university.

Courses Enrollments
Visiting Students are free to enroll in any of the courses that have been made available to LLB or LLM students in Peking University Law School.

The class enrollment period generally begins on the weekend before the first day of the semester. Visiting Students are required to enroll for classes in their program’s department. Advisors from that program will be available to help students with their course selections.

Students have an interim period of two weeks to try out their classes. During this time, students are allowed to change their classes by dropping them and enrolling into new classes. Students may change their classes online through the Deans Office’s websites; or through the Graduate School’s website (Graduate Students). The class enrollment period ends at the conclusion of the two‐week interim period of class tryouts. At the start of the third week of the semester, the students’ list of enrolled classes becomes permanent and further changes cannot be made. If a student drops a class halfway through the semester, or if he/she does not take the appropriate tests or exams for a class, the university will consider the student to have failed the course. This failure will be recorded in his/her transcript.

h. Grading system

Grades are given in the form of percentages. The passing grade is 60%. All grades will be accounted for in determining the student’s academic units. Grades allocated for classroom participation and performance, homework, quizzes, and midterm exams are counted towards the student’s cumulative final grade. Please keep in mind that the grade you receive for your final exam only makes up a part of your final grade.

i. The application procedure

In view of the small nature of the exchange program between Stanford and Peking University Law Schools and the need for an individualized determination of the language requirements for study at Peking University, application procedures will be determined on an ad hoc basis once a Stanford Law student has petitioned to Stanford Law School to study at Peking University Law School for a semester. The Peking University Law School exchange program adviser will contact the interested student directly to ascertain whether the student possesses the language skills required to participate in the program and Peking University Law School and to work out the application process.

j. Required materials for application

An applicant should submit the following materials. All documents should be written in English.

  1. Peking University Application Form for International Students (Visiting Student Programs)
    Please visit our website to fill in the form and submit on the internet. You also should print it and stick your photo in order to send it to us with other materials.
  2. Official transcripts (original)
  3. An official certificate of your highest education (original)
  4. Two letters of recommendation by professors or associate professors (original)
  5. One photocopy of valid passport (Passport type must be ordinary).

k. Application deadlines


Online Application Deadline

Mail Package Deadline


April 20, 2013

May 13, 2013


October 20, 2013

November 13, 2013

l. Housing information

Students are required to arrive in Beijing no later than the day of registration (the registration date is written on the student’s admission notification). Students are advised to arrive in China no earlier than 2 weeks before the day of registration. Those who will be arriving late (no later than 2 weeks after the day of registration) must write a letter to the Division of International Students’ Office via fax (+86‐10‐62751233) or email (, informing the staff of the reason for their late arrival.

On‐campus housing at the Shaoyuan Student Dormitory will be available to students on the day of registration. But please note that the number of on‐campus dorms is limited. For more information, please contact the International Students Accommodation Office:
Tel: 86‐10‐62757361 and 86‐10‐62752264

m. Visa/immigration information

You may apply for your Chinese Visa at the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your home country. When applying for your visa, please remember to bring your valid passport, the original copy of the university’s admission notification, and a Visa Application Form for Foreign Students Studying in China (also known as the JW201/JW202 form). Do make sure that your letter of admission and your JW202 form is handed back to you together with your passport after obtaining your Chinese visa. You will need these documents to apply for your Residence Permit after your arrival in Beijing.

International Students who will be studying in China for more than 6 months are required to obtain a Student Visa, also termed as an “X” Visa. Students who will be staying and studying in China for less than 6 months may apply for a Visiting Visa (“F” Visa).

Important: The Student Visa/”X” Visa will only be valid for 30 days after your arrival. You must apply for a Residence Permit within these 30 days in order to obtain legal status in China at Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau (BMPSB).

You are discouraged from arriving in China ahead of your student registration date due to the short time limit of your visa. You are not eligible to apply for a Residence Permit until you are a registered student at Peking University, after the day of registration.

For information regarding the location of and contact information for Chinese Consulate in the United States, please visit the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Information about the Chinese Embassy in Washington may be found here.

n. Fees

Students will pay their normal tuition to Stanford for the quarter during which they study at Peking University.

o. Estimated cost of living

Our estimate of the average cost of living per month in Beijing is 5,500 RMB (housing, food, and transportation included).

* However, please note that students’ expenses can vary significantly, depending on how much is spent on housing, travel, and living expenses. If you plan on traveling in China during your exchange, you will want to budget more to cover additional expenses.

It will make your life much easier if you have a Chinese bank account during your stay at Beijing. There are several banks near Peking University where you can set up a bank account after you have arrived in Beijing.

If you are planning to convert foreign currencies into RMB, the banks in Beijing accept the foreign currencies of: Pound Sterling, Hong Kong Dollar, American Dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, etc. Many banks in Beijing accept American Dollar Travelers Checks; however, it takes more than 40 working days to process the checks.

p. Health insurance requirements

All students are required to be medically insured throughout their entire planned period of study. Students must be insured with at least Accidental Injuries and Hospitalization medical coverage. Students who do not have a valid medical insurance/health plan are not allowed to register.

You are required to purchase the Comprehensive Insurance Plan of Foreign Students provided by Ping An insurance company on the day of registration, which has been recognized and recommended by the Chinese Ministry of Education.

There will be a “Ping An Insurance Booth” at the registration site where you can purchase your medical insurance/health plan.

Please refer to this document for details regarding the insurance plans offered by Ping An.

q. Library information

The Peking University Library is one of the largest university libraries in Asia and has a collection of over 7 million books. The library’s loan period for books is one month. Students may renew their books in person at the library or online at the library’s website. Students with late returns will be penalized according to the library’s rules and regulations.

Peking University Law School has its own library as well. Law students have ready access to the legal research materials through the library collection and networked electronic information sources. Databases like Lexis‐Nexis and Westlaw are available in the law library.

r. Program contacts/advisors at the partner school

Peking University Contacts/ Inquiries
Li Yuanyuan, Program Manager
Phone: + (8610) 62756486 
Email: or

Law School Building, Peking University, Beijing, 100871 PRC