Peking University is the most prestigious university in China and is also known by the name Beida. It is located in the Haidan district of Beijing, which has a population of over 2 million people. Other notable universities in the district include Tsinghua University, Beijing Language and Culture University, and Renmin University. The Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace also can be found in the same district.
Originally named the Imperial University of Peking, the college was founded on July 3, 1898. After the fall of the Qing Dynasty, the Imperial University changed its name to Beijing University and it became the leading academic institution on the Mainland. During the Japanese occupation of China in 1937, Peking University moved to Kunming, Yunnan.
The campus of Beida is known as Yan Yuan and it is designed like an imperial garden. The academic buildings have been constructed with traditional Chinese architecture. The University has a beautiful lake, known as Weiming Hu, with a large Boya tower adjacent to it. Students, faculty and employees arrive and leave the University through one of its three gates: East, West, and South. The Peking University library is the largest library in Asia with more than 7.7 million books. Check out this link for a map of the University campus.
Today Peking University consists of 30 colleges, and 12 departments with 93 specializations available to undergraduate students. As of the 2010 academic year, the school had 15,000 undergraduate students, 12,000 post graduate students, 7,000 PHD candidates. It has developed a strong reputation as a leader in the research fields of applied science, social science, as well as management and education. Today tuition for Chinese students to attend Peking’s undergraduate program is 27,200 RMB per year. According to QS World University Ranking, Peking University is number 46 in the world and number 6 among Asian universities.
Peking University was the first university in China to create a program for students to study law. Graduates and faculty of the law school often consult the Chinese government on domestic and foreign legal matters. The Peking University Health and Science Center was established in 1912, the first institution to focus on western medicine practices in China. In addition, the Guanghau School of Management ranks highly among international MBA programs. The Beijing International MBA program began in 1998 and the entirety of the program, which is a year and a half, costs 235,000 RMB.
Beijing University offers a mandarin language immersion program to anyone with a high school degree. The program costs 13,600 per semester in tuition, and an approximate cost of 1,200 RMB per month for room and board. Students will study mandarin twenty hours a week in class, which includes intensive reading, reciting, listening and writing of the language in the Russian building. Most students live in the foreign dormitories known as Shao Yuan, which will require sharing a room with another student. Some students prefer single rooms and live in the hotel on campus, while many reside off campus. On campus there is a convenience store know as Wu Mei, which provides daily necessities that student need such as snacks, water, clothing, pencils, notebooks, and a variety of other goods.