Peking University Law School
Peking University (PKU) Law School was established in 1999. The University’s Law Department operated prior to its establishment and was founded in 1904, making it one of the oldest institutions offering modern legal education in China. The Law Department is considered a ‘frontier of the Chinese legal education', and is renowned for its nationally acclaimed courses in Legal Theory Studies, Constitution and Administrative Law Studies, Economic Law Studies and Criminal Law Studies.
Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China and one of the most populous cities in the world. The population as of 2012 was 20,693,000. Beijing is the second largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai and is the nation's political, cultural, and educational center. It is home to the headquarters of most of China's largest state-owned companies, and is a major hub for the national highway, express-way, railway, and high-speed rail networks. The Beijing Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.
The city's history dates back three millennia. As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country for much of the past eight centuries. The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, gardens, tombs, walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China. Few cities in the world have been the political and cultural center of an area as immense for so long.
Haidian district is the second-largest district in Beijing. It is approximately 431 km² and hosts several universities. It has approximately 2,240,000 inhabitants. University students comprise the majority of the population and it is often referred to as the ‘University District.’ Haidian is also renowned for its large amount of vegetation, with vegetation coverage amounting to 46.9% of the district.
For Peking University, all courses offered by LLM Chinese Law Program are in English and will be available to the University of Adelaide students. See this page for a list of previous courses offered. An updated list of courses will be provided by Peking University during student orientation.
Students are only able to select a semester exchange to Peking University Law School.
Undergraduate and postgraduate exchange students may select undergraduate or postgraduate courses, however students may not undertake a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
For University of Adelaide students studying at Peking University, the recommended study load for semester is three to five courses (9 to 15 credits).
Exchange students seeking admission to Peking University who are non-English native speakers must have achieved a minimum score of 92 in TOEFL IBT or 6.5 in IELTS with 7.0 in IELTS writing. While there are no Chinese language requirements, Peking University recommends that exchange students have an adequate level of proficiency in the Chinese language to allow them to interact with their peers.
Credit Approval (Post-Decision Phase): Prior to departure for exchange, it is recommended that exchange students seek credit approval, in GLAS, from their Adelaide Faculty for more courses than they intend to complete on exchange. It is likely that course offerings won’t be finalised until shortly before arrival or upon arrival at your exchange destination. Students need to have flexible back up options in the case that the courses they are wanting to undertake are not offered.
If, after initial approval in GLAS, further changes are required, these can be presented via an email to your Adelaide Faculty. Students should be aware of the implications of not having back up courses in the event their preferred courses are not available.
On-campus housing is available at Shao Yuan Student Dormitory or Zhongguanyuan Global Village. Alternatively, students may source their own off-campus housing. More information can be found on the Peking University Office of International Relations website.
The campus, known as "Yan Yuan" (the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres. It is located near the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace.
Peking’s campus life is rich in student activities. It offers 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. There are a variety of festivals and activities that take place on the central campus each year.
Representative student activities include International Culture Festivals, PKU Top Ten Singers, New Year Eve Celebration, Chorus Competition, Freshman Art Performance, and Challenge Cup Academic Competition, among others.
Student society groups cater to a range of student interests, including:
- Community Service
- Music/Dance/Creative Arts
For further information, visit the Peking University Campus Life webpage.
Academic Calendar: The Fall Semester runs from early September until mid-January and the Spring Semester runs from mid-February until late June. For further dates, visit Peking University's Academic Calendar.
Insurance: Students must purchase the insurance as required by the Peking University International Students Division. Information about the insurance policy will be sent to students with their Acceptance Letter. For further information, visit Peking University's Insurance and Medical Services webpage.
Australia China Youth Association:
The University of Adelaide has partnered with the Australia China Youth Association (ACYA), a support network that works to foster a transnational community of young Australians and Chinese interested in furthering understanding of each other’s countries.
For more information and to join, visit the ACYA website
Visa Information: Study Overseas is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. For further information, contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask Study Overseas to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller website for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.
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