Affiliate Programs

IARU Global Summer Program - Peking University, China

  • Summary

    Program Dates: July 3 - July 28 2017

    The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world. GSP participants have the unique opportunity to come together to explore and discuss critical issues in a global perspective that require multidisciplinary approaches.

    GSP courses are fun, but intense. Days are full as the classes are rigorous, requiring full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.

    IARU universities include:

    Program Dates: July 3 - July 28 2017

    The Australian National University
    ETH Zurich
    National University of Singapore
    Peking University
    UC Berkeley
    University of Cambridge
    University of Cape Town
    University of Copenhagen
    University of Oxford
    The University of Tokyo
    Yale University

  • Eligibility

    PKU 1

    Bachelor students


    A university-level introductory course in Economics (e.g. Principles of Economics)




    • Bachelor students

    • Master students

    • PhD students (PhD students need to consult with instructor about the appropriateness of this course for their research interests)


    Students wishing to enroll in this course are expected to have basic knowledge of international relations and China’s foreign policy.




    • Bachelor students

    • Master students

    • PhD students


    • Bachelor students

    • Master students

    • PhD students

  • Courses

    Course: PKU1 - Introduction to Chinese Economy

    This course provides the students with a balanced overview of the Chinese economy, with special attention paid to the historical, political and institutional context of each turn in the economic transition.

    The topics covered include the history of a modern Chinese economy, the strategies that guided China’s institutional reforms, the transitional process in China’s industrial, agricultural, financial and foreign sectors, as well as the multi-dimensional challenges and emerging opportunities facing China’s future growth.

    Theoretical and empirical analyses will be used in combination with scholarly readings to help the students understand China’s development models, economic systems and reform policies.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.


    Course: PKU2: The Rise of China and Change in the World Politics



    This seminar course is intended for advanced undergraduate students and graduate students to examine major issues and topics concerning the rise of China from a broad theoretical perspective, and to engage in the academic discourse and policy debate about implications of China’s rise for world politics.


    The seminar is organized around the central question – will China’s rise bring about a fundamental change to the international system?

    The course is roughly divided into three sections:

    1. China’s rise and the paradigm change in world politics;

    2. China’s quest for identity and order; and

    3. challenges and implications of China rising for Asia and the world.

    Under each of these sections, a few specific topics are identified for class discussion.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.



    Course: PKU3: Understanding Chinese Foreign Policy Making



    An economically more powerful and confident China is exerting unprecedented influence on global affairs with its proactive diplomacy.

    To understand the sources of Chinese external behavior is essential to predict and respond to China’s international behavior. The very nature of the structure of Chinese society and government has made this a difficult, if not impossible task, albeit appealing. The saying that foreign policy making is a black box is more accurate in China than in many other countries.

    Aiming to open the black box of Chinese foreign policy making, this course tries to bridge foreign decision making theories and Chinese foreign policy making practice to understand the major factors that shape Chinese foreign policy and how they exert their influences. These include: the impact of historical legacies, systematic constraints, personality and decision making style of paramount leaders, evolving foreign policy making structure and changing bureaucratic process, fluid domestic politics, and the impact of the military, nationalism, and public opinion on Chinese foreign policy.

    It will unveil how leaders coordinate domestic and international situations in foreign affairs as they will always emphasize today. It intends to inform students of China’s external behavior and provide an analytical understanding of the dynamics of China’s foreign policy decision making.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.


    Course: PKU4: Silk Road: A Global History



    This course introduces the history of the Silk Road — a complex network of trade routes that connected China and the Mediterranean world over land and sea — and examines the cultural and material exchanges between the peoples and cultures it connected in a global context. The course covers the period 500 BCE to 1600 CE, during which forces wielded by many peoples (e.g., Chinese, Greeks, Persians, Arabs, Turks, and Mongolians) shaped the geopolitical and cultural landscape of Eurasia. It explores the roles played by the Silk Road in forming and transforming the cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and religious identities of these peoples and their perceptions of one other. It highlights such themes as conspicuous consumption, cultural diversity, religious pluralism, and ethnic migration, as well as the financial, judicial, religious, and political institutions that were the fruits of these extended exchanges. The course begins and ends with an analysis of conceptualizations of the “Silk Road” against the backdrop of the “Great Game” that played out in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among various colonial powers as well as its legacy to this day.

    For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.


  • Internship

    All tuition and program fees will be paid directly to Peking University. Fees and living costs estimates are as follows:


    RMB 9,000 (includes field trip).

    PKU will offer four academic courses (PKU1, PKU2, PKU3 and PKU4) in the 2017 program. The package tuition fee of RMB 9,000 will cover up to two academic courses (from PKU1, PKU2, PKU3 and PKU4) for GSP student. If a GSP student wants to attend three academic courses, an additional tuition fee will apply (RMB 2,000 for one credit).


    RMB 120-140 per day for a single room.

    Approximately RMB 4,000 in total plus returnable deposit of 500 RMB



    Living Expenses

    Approximately RMB 100 per day


    Santander Scholarship

    IARU and Santander Universities Global Division offers scholarships to support participation in the Global Summer Program. All accepted participants of the Global Summer Program will receive a guaranteed Santander Scholarship, disbursed by UC Berkeley. The scholarship amount is determined based on a flight estimate to the student’s destination, as well as estimated tuition and accommodation expenses. Students accepted into the program will be contacted by the GSP coordinator post-acceptance regarding their scholarships. No additional application is needed to receive the scholarship.

    Scholarship Directory

    A number of scholarship awards are available to UC Berkeley students participating in GSP. View our Scholarship Directory for additional awards that you might qualify for.

  • Timeline

    Application opens

    December 12, 2016

    Application closes

    March 17, 2017

    Applicants notified of selection by

    April 7, 2017

    Applicants confirm participation in program

    April 14, 2017