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Peking University Engineering Exchange

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Sessions Offered:



Beijing, China




Be in good standing; Engineering prerequisites may apply

Application Due:


Program Cost:

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The Peking University (PKU) in Beijing summer 2016 Globex program offers for-credit courses in English as well as housing, activities and excursions. Last year Globex hosted over 250 students from around the world, as well as students from China, giving international students the opportunity to study alongside Chinese students. Students can earn 3 to 6 credit hours during the intensive July-mester (or Julmester). The program meets in July, with housing for 31 days and classes for 3 weeks.

Please take a look at the very informative 2014 Brochureand the 2015 poster with last year's courses.

Please note: This program is no longer eligible to use your Summer Hawk Tuition Grant as the exchange agreement between the University of Iowa Engineering and Peking University has expired. Students can only participate as fee-based (non-exchange) participants.


To get an idea of what will be offered, take a look at the courses and their syllabi that were offered in summer 2015. Summer 2016 courses will be posted as soon as they are available. Please also reference the the summer 2015 poster for the course listings in 2015.

Advanced Control Systems


Biotransport Phenomena

China's Economy: Growth, and Global Connections (pre-approved for a UI Gen-ed requirement)

China Past and Present

Cross-Cultural Design for an Eco-Responsible Business Model

Computational Multiphase Flows

Neural Prosthetic Engineering

Smart Materials and Structures

Speech and Audio Processing: Theory and Applications

Cultural Activities

PKU offers a number of optional excursions. Here is a short list of some of the sites a participant might visit: the Great Wall, Olympic Stadium, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, or the Temple of Heaven. The fee for these tours is not included in the UI program fee. Participants will pay PKU directly.


During summer 2015, the program ran from July 1st to July 31st.

For More Info

Please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353, or you can e-mail the program advisor with general questions.

Peking University

As one of China’s most prestigious universities, Peking University was founded in 1898 and has a long tradition of scholarly excellence and political activism. Its primary mission is to train scholars for advanced research in the natural and social sciences. More than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled. The PKU campus comprises a blend of modern buildings and traditional Chinese architectural structures and is celebrated for its beautifully landscaped grounds and lake.


As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is at the center of much that happens in China. It is a city of over 22 million people adapting as China emerges as a global player. Beijing reflects China’s long and evolving history and is home to some of the nation’s most well-known and culturally important sites such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. In addition to being the political and cultural center of China, Beijing is known as the birthplace of Chinese cinema and modern art. Beijing also has China’s largest concentration of top research institutions.


China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the second largest country in the world by land area. Its 1.3 billion citizens live mostly near the eastern seaboard. China has grown and evolved for over 5000 years and due to its growing economic power, is set to be one of the world’s superpowers during the 21st century.

Living Arrangements

Participants have several different housing options. There are double or triple rooms at the Beijing Post and Telecom Conference Centre, or single or double rooms at the Zhongguan Yuan Global Village. Prices vary between $600 and $800 for the month. In summer 2016, students will have the option of either standard housing or upgraded housing for 50% additional cost.

Travel Arrangements

Airfare is not included in the program fee but students will work with PKU to determine the best time for arrival. Students will also receive information regarding the visa application process from UI Study Abroad.


This program is open to UI Engineering students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Some engineering prerequisites may apply depending on the class

Eligibility Policy

It is the University of Iowa’s policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student that must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Summer of 2015. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. More information on these additional costs can be found on PKU's summer 2015 Program Poster.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
Within the first nine days after the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: $100
10-19 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 50%
20-44 days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 75%
45 or more days past the confirmation deadline Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: 100%

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

Application Deadline

The online application for the summer session of this program will be available from 1/1 to 4/15. Any supplemental materials are due to the study abroad office one week later.

How to Apply

Click here for UI's online study abroad application.

Students will then also be required to fill out another application form from PKU. After submission of the UI application, accepted applicants will be given the PKU application to fill out.

Orientation Information

UI Study Abroad will offer a large group pre-departure orientation for all outgoing study abroad students. Activities may include meeting with study abroad returnees. There will also be an on-site orientation to help students acclimate to PKU's campus and Beijing.

Please also take a look at the 2014 Student Handbook for specific information regarding being a student at PKU during the summer while attending Globex.

There are no photos available for this program yet. Do you have any photos to share with us? If you do, please contact us at:

1111 University Capitol Centre
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802

Phone: (319) 335-0353
Fax: (319) 335-0343