SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD
Peking University, known informally as “Beida,” is widely recognized as one of China’s finest academic institutions.
Columbia students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the undergraduate and M.A. levels, as well as through Beida’s English-language LL.M. program. Undergraduate and graduate (non-LL.M.) courses are taught in Chinese. Among the courses that Columbia students have taken in the past are administrative law, corporation and company law, Chinese civil law, and the Chinese judicial system.
Language of Instruction:
Chinese and English.
A list of courses that are taught in English is published at the beginning of each semester. All courses taught in English come from the offerings of the LL.M. program. However, incoming students are encouraged to choose courses instructed in Chinese in order to improve their Chinese language skills and become better acquainted with faculty members and classmates. Students who wish to enroll in courses taught in Chinese must pass a language proficiency exam.
Exchange students are not allowed to register for courses outside of the law school at Peking University. There are no Chinese language courses offered. There is, however, an extracurricular language workshop that non-native Chinese speakers are invited to attend.
Pre- or Co-requisites:
While Chinese fluency is not required to participate in the exchange program with Peking University, it is recommended that all incoming students have a basic level of Chinese ability.
Program Dates (Chinese Program):
Courses: Sep. 14th, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016
Exam: Jan. 4th, 2016 to Jan. 17, 2016
Courses: Feb. 22nd, 2016 to June 12, 2016
Exam: Jun. 13nd, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Program Dates (English-language LL.M. program):
Courses: September 14 to December 2015
Exam: TBA (Columbia Law Students are able to take exams and submit papers in December, before Christmas)
Courses: February 22 to June 2015
Tuition and Fees:
Students who participate in a study abroad program will continue to pay Columbia tuition, although in certain programs, health insurance and health service fees can be waived with proof of adequate alternative coverage for the entire year. All other student fees are waived.
Cost of Living:
Students are responsible for the cost of living while abroad. These costs include travel to and from the foreign country, housing expenses, food, utilities, entertainment, and all other costs associated with study abroad. Please consult with the Office of International Programs to learn more about the cost of living in Beijing.
Health Insurance Requirements:
Students are required to have a health insurance policy that will provide coverage in China. The acceptance letter sent from Peking University will provide more information. Columbia Law School students may be required to pay health insurance fees and health service fees at Columbia appropriate alternative coverage is not obtained.
On-Campus Housing Information:
International students are able to apply for housing in the Zhongguanyuan Global Village.
In each semester, approximately 100 courses in Chinese and English are offered by PKU Law School. The courses taught in English are all listed below. Each credit unit meets 50 minutes class per week. Exchange students are not allowed to register for more than 4 courses.
Columbia Law Students are required to maintain a full-time academic schedule while studying abroad.
Courses taught in English:
Not all courses are available each semester, please refer to the current course listing.
- Chinese Civil Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Contract Law (Credit Unit: Two)
- Chinese Company Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Economic Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Foreign Investment Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Intellectual Property Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Civil Procedure and Arbitration Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Constitutional and Administrative Law (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (Credit Unit: Three)
- Chinese Judicial System (Credit Unit: Two)
- International Law as Applied in China: Theory and Practice (Credit Unit: Two)
- Chinese Family Law (Credit Unit: Two)
- Legal Chinese (Credit Unit: Two)
- General Information of China (Credit Unit: Two)
- Fieldwork (Credit Unit: Two)
- Elementary Chinese (Credit Unit: Four)
- Resolution of Civil and Commercial Disputes in China (Credit Unit: Three)
Students will receive a transcript from Peking University. The grades earned abroad will not be listed on students' Columbia transcripts; the Columbia transcript will only indicate that students have earned credits under an international study abroad program.
It may be possible while studying abroad to arrange work with a local nongovernmental organization that would qualify towards the fulfillment of the pro bono requirement. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives for further information.
Each year, up to two Columbia Law School students may participate in the Peking exchange program.
Applications open during the spring term only and should be submitted for the 2L spring term or the fall or spring terms in the 3L year.
Selections will be made upon the strength of the personal statement; academic record at Columbia; faculty recommendations; and other factors that reflect the likelihood of a candidate’s successful participation in the program. In some instances, interviews may be conducted to assist in the selection process.
Columbia Law School Application Requirements:
- Columbia Law School Study Abroad Application, including a Personal Statement.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- The name of a Columbia Law School faculty member who can submit a brief recommendation.
- Official transcript (i.e., configure LawNet/Apply for Study Abroad/My Services to allow OIP access to your transcript).
Peking University Application Requirements:
- Online application form.
- Non-Chinese students are also required to send, via regular mail, a paper based application package. Further details available from the Office of International Programs at Columbia Law School.
Peking Law School Online
Peking Law School
Peking University Campus Map
The Law Library at Peking University is located in the KoGuan Building. Library resources include a current periodicals reading room, an electronic materials reading room, Chinese language stacks, foreign language stacks and a reading room with books from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. The library's collection primarily consists of law books and includes books on interdisciplinary subjects.
8 a.m. to 9:40 p.m., Monday to Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
Visit the Peking University Law Library online.
Study is just one part of your life at PKU Law School. We provide a big stage for you to explore your talent and fulfill your ambition. We expect you to act as a liaison with PKU by participating in extra-curricular activities.
Peking University Law School organizes opportunities for all international students to visit and work in various law firms, government institutions, nongovernmental organizations in China.
Happy Hour, organized by the External Affairs Office, is a monthly gathering of students and faculty members. Free drinks and snacks are provided. It’s also a great chance to make friends with professors and students from all over the world. Every year, there are students from more than 10 countries. You may also bring your friends!
Every international student in Peking University Law School can have a language partner who helps international students with Chinese language learning, and also solving living and study problems in Peking University.
Language Workshop External Affairs Office of Peking University Law School offers language training to those who want to learn Chinese. In this Chinese Language Workshop, you can make friends, receive professional language training, and have fun!
Orientation for study abroad:
It is an activity aiming to develop transcultural communication. Every semester, international students are encouraged to take part in the orientation and introduce their school life in their own university to Chinese students.
Accepted students will receive visa application materials along with their acceptance letter from Peking University. Students will then need to apply for the visa at the Chinese Embassy in their home country. Most exchange students apply for the X2 visa (valid for study less than six months).
For more information
Visit the Office of International Programs in William and June Warren Hall, 6th Floor. There, you can view any additional information on file from our partner schools, as well as any relevant program evaluations that have been submitted by students who have participated in this and other study abroad programs.
Studying abroad has been very beneficial for many students who are considering a public interest career. The timing of overseas study, however, may also present scheduling conflicts with regard to public interest hiring calendars. Please consult with Social Justice Initiatives to learn more.
Director of International Student Exchange and Dual Degree Programs
Office of International and Comparative Law Programs, Columbia Law School
Office: William and June Warren Hall, Room 605