China Internship Peking Summer 2019

Explore Beijing, China

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Explore Beijing while studying at one of China’s most prestigious universities for five weeks this summer. Peking University is even harder to get into than Harvard University! You will also get to develop important transferable skills by working on a project for a New Zealand organisation.

You will benefit by living near Peking University in the ZhongGuanCun area of Beijing (‘China’s Silicon Valley’). This combined with your project as well as language, history and culture classes will enable you to gain a unique insight into another culture, which is supplemented by a series of day trips in, around and beyond Beijing. This includes visiting the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and other attractions. A three-night stopover in Guangzhou is also provided. This programme provides a series of experiences that would not otherwise be possible, framed by an academic programme designed to maximise learning and growth.

Peking University is ranked 31st in the THE World University Rankings 2019 and 22nd equal in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

The Explore Beijing Programme is open to undergraduate students from all degrees and majors. Successful applicants must enrol in the PACE 295 course organised by the College of Arts and upon successful completion of the requirements of this course will earn 15 points credit for their efforts. Information on the College of Arts internship programme.

The programme is subsidised by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA). This means that we can offer the programme at a heavily subsidised fee of NZ$500. The fee will include:

  • Return flights from Christchurch to Beijing
  • Three nights stopover in Guangzhou
  • Accommodation and meals 
  • Activities and day trips in and around Beijing
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport in Beijing
  • Insurance
  • Chinese visa

Please note this does not cover the PACE295 course fee and personal expenses.

To be eligible for this programme you should meet the following criteria. All applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

  • Undergraduate students preferably returning to UC in 2020
  • No or little prior knowledge of China, although students with more extensive knowledge may be considered
  • You must have a valid passport (six months validity) or apply as soon as accepted
  • Recommended GPA of 5.0 (B average) or above, but students with a GPA below this are still encouraged to apply
  • You must enrol in PACE295 by time of departure
  • NZ citizen or permanent resident (For funding purposes. International students may still apply as applications will be considered on a case by case basis)

If you have any questions about the above details please email us at

There are no current application rounds in progress, please check back for future rounds.

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