Affiliate Programs

IARU Global Summer Program - Peking University, China

  • Summary

    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 a full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.

    IARU universities include:

    The Australian National University
    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

    China’s fast economic growth has generated great interest among media, scholars and ordinary people around the world. The aim of this course is to provide the students with an overview of China’s economic development and its role in the world economy. Theoretical knowledge and empirical analyses will be used to help the students understand China’s economic transition process. The topics covered include the history of a modern Chinese economy, the principles that guided China’s institutional reforms, the transitional paths in its agricultural, industrial, financial and foreign sectors, and the multi-dimensional challenges confronting China’s future economic growth. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be familiar with China’s economic system, its current economic reforms, and the challenges that the country faces in the twenty-first century.

    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: New Urban Life Across the Globe: Activism and Change in a World of Cities

    "What is urban activism in a world of cities?"

    For the first time in human history, more people now live in cities than outside them, and many of the major political contestations of the 21st Century occur in urban settings. Recent years have thus seen a surge in new urban-based political and social movements, experiments in local governance, innovative forms of protest, activism and grassroots initiatives in cities and smaller towns spanning from Barcelona to Istanbul, Hong Kong to Detroit, and Bogotá to Cape Town. Uniting these trends is the belief that the state and traditional political and social institutions cannot meet all the needs arising from urbanization, that real social change must begin from below or that the city offers unique opportunities for presenting claims and demands. To take into account this diverse field of politics emerging in cities, new understandings of both “the political” and “the urban” are needed.

    During this summer school, the students will be immersed in critical urban theory and practical approaches to urban ethnography, drawing from a broad range of excellent research within the fields of sociology, development studies and cross-cultural studies at three faculties of the University of Copenhagen.

    The aim of the course is to cultivate knowledge of the relation between the urban and social and political change today. Students will develop a general skill in applying urban theory from the humanities and the social sciences on cases from urban societies across the world. Special emphasis will be placed on combining theory and knowledge from the global north and south. Methodologically, the students will be trained to conduct urban ethnography and to gather qualitative data on selected processes of social and political change that could include activist communities, issues of contested authority, planning controversies and everyday city-making. Finally, they will be trained to work

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


    Course: PKU4: China's Original International Strategy: the Belt and Road Initiatives

    BRI is China’s long-term, original, and international strategy to promote China Dream and Human destiny community created by President Xi Jin-ping with great impact on the world order after five years practice. It will be the most important strategy of China to provide the public goods and a new type of leadership for the world. This course will help students to understand BRI’s strategic nature, strategic decision making, strategic implementation, and strategic management. The students can also have the opportunities to participate in the real construction of BRI with the guidance of Professor Zhai Kun.

    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.