Frequently Asked Questions

What language of instruction is used for the courses?

With the exception of the Chinese language course offered at each program center, all other coursework is conducted in English. Professors from the host institution are bilingual and will use English as the language of instruction. Most presentations by guest lecturers and field professionals will also be in English but some may use interpreters, if required.

Will I be enrolled at the host institution and taking courses with Chinese students?

No, you are not directly enrolled in our partner institution. Instead you take courses custom-designed for PESi students that are taught by Chinese faculty from our host institutions. In some cases, Chinese students may be invited to join your classes, and there will be other opportunities to interact with students, faculty, and local people, and practice your language skills.

Will I have time to do some traveling during the program?

In order to maximize your experience while in China, we have designed the program with several cultural excursions and field trips for each course. Some of these trips visit places of historical, cultural and scenic interest, others complement and enrich the lectures. Students are also encouraged to join the community service project integrated with each program.

How will credits for the program be transferred to my home institution?

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a transcript from either Tsinghua or Fudan University indicating the courses taken, number of hours of instruction, names of instructors, and grades and credits awarded by the host institution. Both of our affiliated Chinese institutions are internationally recognized for their standards of academic excellence, and regularly host many American study abroad students who receive credits for their programs. As each home institution has its own policies regarding transfer credits, we advise you to consult with your study abroad advisor and/or academic advisor before you enroll to see how your school would apply the credits to your degree requirements.

What are the application deadlines?

Our Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling admissions basis. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to determine eligibility and to ensure there is space available in the program of their choice. The final application deadlines are March 15 for the Beijing Program and April 15 for the Shanghai Program. Students who apply after that deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Also note that at $100 discount will be given for applications completed 30 days before the deadline.

Do I have to be currently enrolled at a college or university to participate in the China Study Program?

No, PESi accepts applications from all qualified applicants. Students who are taking some time off from their home institution, are between undergraduate and graduate school or between school and a career are welcome to apply. Outstanding high school students may also be considered.