Peking University

World University Rankings 2023
World Reputation Rankings 2022
Asia University Rankings 2022
No.5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100871, China

Founded in 1898 and originally known as the Imperial University of Peking, Peking University (PKU) was the first national university in Chinese history and has been a leading institution of higher education and research in China since its establishment. The University’s core values are defined as “Freedom of thought, Embrace of diversity”.

Throughout its history, Peking University has played an integral role in the advancement of knowledge and the betterment of society. Generations of preeminent scholars, politicians, entrepreneurs, and innovators educated at Peking University have profoundly shaped China’s modernization and will continue to pioneer the nation’s developments.

Peking University celebrated the 120th anniversary of its founding in 2018. In 2019, Peking University launched its Global Excellence Strategy, characterized by CLOUDS (an acronym for its goals of Creativity, Leadership, Openness, Uniqueness, Diversity and Shaping), which has ushered in a new era of international development for Peking University.


The strategy is to promote general education over specialized study, and to support individualized teaching methods that recognized the uniqueness of each student and monitor their academic progress.


Yuanpei College

  • 4-year program
  • Provides a liberal arts education focusing on a wide range of subjects
  • Choose Specific subject areas for the major at the end of the 2nd year

Turing Class

  • An elite undergraduate program
  • Aiming to cultivate computer science talent

Belt & Road Institute

  • Driving inclusive economic growth
  • Creating win-win solutions to global challenges
  • In partnership with 10 famous business schools



Combines academic and research-oriented masters and Ph.D. programs with leading-edge professionally-focused master degree programs.


Yenching Academy

  • China Studies
  • 2-year master degree program
  • 6 research areas
  • 440+ students from 220+ universities around the world


Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development

  • High-end talent development
  • Based in developing countries
  • Dynamic global governance
  • Exchange platform
  • 150+ students
  • 50 countries


School of International Studies

  • The earliest school of international relations in domestic universities
  • Cultivate talents in the teaching and research of international issues, as well as foreign affairs and foreign affairs
  • 5 departments, 3 research institutes
  • 4 undergraduate programs, 9master programs, 6 doctoral programs for overseas students


School of Transnational Law

  • The only law school in the world that combines an American-style Juris Doctor degree with a China law Juris Master degree
  • An academically rigorous, bilingual four-year program of legal education
  • Offers a unique LL.M. program for international students


HSBC Business School

  • Frontier academic research of economy, finance and management
  • Cultivate business leaders with leadership, self-control and a broad vision
  • AACSB/AMBA certification
  • Established the UK campus



Being student-centered, Peking University offers every student opportunities to develop the intellectual capabilities and professional skills required of a global citizen. Every Peking University student has access to academic exchange programs, study abroad programs and joint degree programs.



Peking University has made concerted efforts to internationalize its teaching and research functions by providing quality education to international students from various countries.


General principle: PKU Global Excellence Strategy – CLOUD

  • C stands for creativity and it is a strategic approach to international development.
  • L stands for leadership and it is a strategic role in the international development of Peking University.
  • O stands for openness and it is the strategic path of international development at Peking University.
  • U stands for uniqueness and it is the strategic foundation of the international development of Peking University.
  • D stands for diversity, which is the strategic carrier of the international development of Peking University. 


PKU Long-term Programs

PKU long-term programs is a variety of education opportunities for those who wish to receive a consistent and immersive educational experience in China and at PKU.

  • 4 years for Undergraduate Education
  • 3 years (or in some cases, 2 years) for Master’s Education
  • 4 years for Doctorate Education
  • Non-degree Education (including visiting students program, pre-university education, etc.)


PKU Short-term Programs

PKU short term programs are designed for large numbers of outstanding international students/professionals, promoting social & cultural interaction between China and the world with a myriad of study-in-China options, Language, focus, and duration of studies varying between programs.

  • 4000 students from 60+ countries and regions each year
  • 7 platform programs currently open to all the international students:
  • Four-week Chinese Language Studies Program in Spring
  • PKU Summer School International
  • Chinese Language Summer School
  • The LSE-PKU Summer School
  • Globex Summer School
  • Summer Camp for PKU International Alumni’s Children
  • On the Road to China Program

*Scholarships of many kinds are provided for students to enable more accessible quality education for students around the world.




Exchange Programs

To date, Peking University has signed mutual exchange agreements with more than 312 foreign institutions. Peking University and over 100 partner institutions have been regularly running exchange programs.


Summer School

Peking University runs about 20 off shore summer school programs in conjunction with over 20 overseas partners.


Research Organizations

  • Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research
  • World leading research center
  • 13 Years
  • Cradle of world-class mathematicians
  • Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • The first international astronomical research unit in China
  • 90%+ international Scientists
  • 250+ astronomers have visited
  • Biomedical Pioneering Innovation Center
  • 8 years of development
  • First MALBAC baby in world
  • In 2018, 2 papers in journal Science,2 papers in the journal Nature
  • Berggruen Institute China Center
  • Promote cross-cultural and interdisciplinary research that affects the profound changes of human beings
  • Focus on frontier technology and social governance
  • IDG McGovern Institute for Brain Research at PKU
  • Focus on understanding fundamental processes underlying brain function and uncovering mechanisms of brain disorders
  • Interdisciplinary interactions from biology, cognitive sciences, psychology to psychiatry



Research excellence of 48 institutes/centers at Peking University, such as the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences and Institute of Area Studies, promote human well-being and contribute to socio-economic development of China and the world.


Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Peking University is an academic organization centering on the foundational disciplines in humanities and social sciences. Based on a four-month visiting-fellow program, our aim is to enhance interdisciplinary research and international conversation. The ethos of IHSS is to “inquire and inspire”.


Institute of Area Studies

The Institute of Area Studies is an academic division at Peking University that carries out integration of personnel training, academic research, think tanks, and academic exchanges with foreign countries.



Place to Nourish Body and Mind

Today's Peking campus, or Yanyuan, was part of the Imperial Gardens over 400 years ago. The campus at Yanyuan combines Eastern and Western architectural design style.

Gardens with a long history and lasting vitality


A Campus with Extensive Facilities for Students and Faculty


Peking University Library

Peking University library has a total collection of 1.5 million volumes of Chinese ancient books, of which 200,000 are rare books, local chronicles, genealogies, maps and Dunhuang manuscripts. In addition, there are over 80,000 pieces of rubbings (made using one of the oldest techniques in printmaking).

Centennial Memorial Hall

The construction of the Centennial Memorial Hall of Peking University completed in 1998, marking the University’s centenary. Spanning 3.13 acres and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, it is the largest multifunctional hall amongst all Chinese universities. Hundreds of artistic performances, movies and lectures are held here every year.

Peking University Khoo Teck Puat Gymnasium

Originally constructed with the generous donation of the Khoo Teck Puat Foundation in Singapore to host the table tennis competitions for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the Gym now serves as a multifunctional gymnasium.

Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Arthur M. Sackler Museum serves as a functional museum of art and archaeology to the general public as well as a teaching platform for faculty and students at the School of Archaeology and Museology. It has year-round exhibition displaying various items related to Chinese archaeology.




International Culture Festival

The International Culture Festival is an annual event held at Peking University with an aim to promote international communication and develop cultural awareness among students both at home and abroad. In 2004, the ICF began to act as a platform allowing international students to showcase the charm of their home countries whilst enriching the cultural diversity of the university. Students not only have an opportunity to introduce their distinct culture to each other by putting up carefully designed stands, but also get to demonstrate the charm of culture diversity through performing on stage, such as by the International Students Singing Competition.

130+ Countries & Regions 10,000+ Participants (2019)


Celebrated Student Association

  • Peking University Mountaineering Association
  • Student Performing Arts Troupe
  • Original Fire Animation Society
  • Mountaineering Association
  • Love Heart Society




PHBS UK Campus

  • Degree Education (Graduates)
  • High-end training (on-the-job entrepreneurship)
  • Overseas Cultivation Center (PKU students)


PKU Overseas Center

@ Chicago



  • Relationships: 384 institutions from 61 countries and regions
  • Close partnerships: 80 world-renowned universities


International university consortiums

  • International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU)
  • Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
  • Green Alliance of Universities for a Sustainable Future (GAUSF)
  • Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU)


Confucius Institutes

10 Confucius Institutes across the world:

Ritsumeikan University (Japan), Free University Berlin (German), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Granada University (Spain), Moscow State University (Russia), Waseda University (Japan), Cairo University (Egypt), Stanford University (US), Institute of Education, University of London (UK), Hebrew University (Israel)




Beijing Forum

Launched in 2004 with the inaugural theme: "The Harmony of Civilizations and Prosperity for All"


World Congress of Philosophy

6000+ Philosophers,120+ Countries and Regions(2018)


World University President Forum

260+ University Leaders and Scholars

40+ Countries and Regions


International Guests

During the past 10 years, over 1000 international guests came to visit:Kofi Atta Annan、Bill Gate、Kissinger、Michele Obama、Bill Clinton、David Beckham etc.




Faculty of Sciences

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences

School of Earth and Space Sciences

College of Urban and Environmental Sciences

School of Life Sciences

College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering

School of Physics

School of Mathematical Sciences


Faculty of Information & Engineering

National Engineering Research Center for Software Engineering

College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

School of Software & Microelectronics

Institute of Computer Science & Technology

College of Engineering

School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science


Faculty of Humanities

Academy of Opera

School of Chinese as a Second Language

School of Arts

School of Foreign Languages

Department of Philosophy, and of Religious Studies

School of Archaeology and Museology

Department of History

Department of Chinese Language and Literature


Faculty of Social Sciences

School of New Media

Department of PE

School of Journalism and Communication

Graduate School of Education

School of Marxism

School of Government

Department of Sociology

Department of Information Management

Law School

School of International Studies


Faculty of Economics & Management

National School of Development

Institute of Population Research

Guanghua School of Management

School of Economics


Health Science Center

Peking University Shougang Hospital

Peking University ShenZhen Hospital

Peking University Cancer Hospital

Peking University Sixth Hospital

Peking University Hospital of Stomatology

Peking University Third Hospital

Peking University People's Hospital

Peking University First Hospital

School of Continuing Medical Education

School of Health Humanities

School of Nursing

School of Public Health

School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

School of Basic Medical Sciences



Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences

Institute of Ocean Research

Beijing International Center for Mathematical Research

Institute of Nuclear Sciences & Technology

The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics

Institute of Molecular Medicine

Institute of Social Science Survey

Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

Advanced Technology Institute

Yenching Academy

Yuanpei School


Shenzhen Graduate School

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Transnational Law

HSBC Business School

School of Advanced Materials

School of Urban Planning and Design

School of Environment and Energy

School of Chemical Biology & Biotechnology

School of Electronic and Computer Engineering

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Key statistics

  • 10.3
    No. of students per staff
  • 19%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 31,994
    Number of FTE Students
  • 46 : 54
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
Based on data collected for the (1) 2023 World University Rankings and (2) 2022 World University Rankings


Subjects taught at Peking University

  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health
    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Physical sciences

    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Education

    • Education
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
    • Geography
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Arts & humanities

    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
    • Archaeology
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Law

    • Law


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