The LSE-PKU Summer School
Peking University, Beijing, China
|Scholarship / Financial aid: none|
Date: 8-19 August 2011
Open to: students and professionals from around the world
The London School of Economics and Political Science and Peking University have collaboratively run the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing every summer since 2004. The two-week English-language international Summer School offers university-level courses in subjects including economics, management, international relations, media and law, all with a focus on China and Asia. The programme is taught by outstanding faculty from Peking University and LSE.
The programme attracts students and professionals from around the world, over 275 students from 52 nationalities in 2010. More than a quarter of participants are graduate professionals working in a wide range of related fields, including business, finance, public policy, international affairs, NGOs, media and law. The students who attended in 2010 came from over 120 university and other higher education institutions.
Participants take one intensive course for the duration of the summer school, typically comprising four hours of lectures each morning and two hours of classes each afternoon – a total of 48 contact hours over two weeks. The course will be assessed , including a final examination, and successful students are awarded a certificate and transcript.
The LSE-PKU Summer School is not a Chinese language course. However, LSE-PKU Summer School participants are eligible to enrole in Chinese language courses at the prestigious Language School at Peking University.
Most participants choose to stay at one of the many hotels on or near the Peking University campus. Two popular mid-budget options are:
• Zhongguanyuan Global Village PKU, located near
the east gate of Peking University campus.
• The FX Hotel ZhongGuanCun, approximately five
minutes walk from Peking University southwest gate.
For further information about accommodation options,
please see the LSE-PKU Summer School webpage at
Accommodation of this standard is likely to cost around £450 for 14 nights. It is recommended that participants budget at least £300 for meal and other additional
expenses during the LSE-PKU Summer School.
Registration for the LSE-PKU Summer School takes place at Peking University from 2pm to 4pm on the afternoon of Sunday 7 August.
Participants generally arrive over the weekend prior to
the beginning of the Summer School, and are advised to give themselves sufficient opportunity to acclimatise to Beijing and the time-zone, GMT+8.
PKU student helpers are available at Beijing Capital Airport from 8am-8pm on Saturday 6 August and 8am-11am on Sunday 7 August to welcome participants and assist them at the airport and in finding transport to their destination. Courses end with an exam in the afternoon of Friday 19 August. There is a farewell gala dinner scheduled for the
Friday evening and most students depart from Beijing over the weekend after the programme ends.
Many participants take the opportunity to arrange private travel or other activities in Beijing, China or elsewhere in Asia either before or after the LSE-PKU Summer School.
Due to the intensive nature of the programme, there is little opportunity for extensive travel during the LSE-PKU Summer School.
Many participants will require a visa to enter China. Please
confirm your situation and application procedures with the Chinese embassy in your country of residence. The LSE-PKU Summer School is able to provide letters of invitation to fully registered students for use in the visa application process.
Beijing is a hub of Chinese civilisation and culture.
PKU is delighted to arrange for visits to a number of major tourist attractions, including the Great Wall, Chinese traditional theatre and the Peking Opera.
Visits and cultural events are optional and can be booked once at the Summer School and are subject to an additional charge.
Fees and payments
The cost of taking one course on the LSE-PKU Summer School is as below:
• Standard Rate: £1050/RMB11,000
• Student Rate: £950/RMB10,000
The student rate is available to current full-time university and high school students, and is also available to previous participants of the LSE-PKU Summer School, and to alumni of LSE and Peking University.
Apllicants and participants currently based in mainland
China (PRC) will pay fees in Renminbi, and those outside
China will pay in pounds.
An additional non-refundable £40/RMB450 application fee applies to all applications. Application fees must be paid at the time of application. Applications cannot be considered without the fee having been paid. The application fee is not refundable in the case of unsuccessful application or decision to withdraw or to not accept an offered place.
Tuition fees must be paid by the deadline given on the offer letter, or the offered place may be made available to another applicant. These timescales may be shortened closer to the start of the LSE-PKU Summer School. Fees are paid online through the LSE eShop, and require the provision of a validation code, which will be given on the offer letter. It is possible for fees to be paid by a third party, or for invoices to be arranged for employer, university or group bookings.
Under no circumstances will it be permitted for a participant to attend the Summer School if their fees have not been paid in full.
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