Chinese University Exchange Program

The Chinese Universities Exchange Program (CUEP) is an exchange program between the University of Minnesota and Peking University in Beijing.

Peking University is a comprehensive university designated as one of China's "National Key Institutions.” This exchange program directly enrolls University of Minnesota participants into Peking University's Chinese language program for international students. In exchange, the University of Minnesota will host a Peking University faculty during the same academic year.


  • Applicant must be a degree-seeking student at the University of Minnesota
  • Applicant must have completed a minimum of one semester of college-level Chinese language instruction
  • Chinese citizens are not eligible

Application Process

  • Completed exchange application
  • Faculty reference letters (2)
  • Study plan
  • Personal statement
  • Current unofficial transcript

Program Length

  • Academic Year: September to June (10 months)

Program Fee

Students participating in this program will pay University of Minnesota tuition to participate. The student program fee is estimated at approximately $7,000 per semester, which covers resident tuition, dormitory housing, and student services fees. Students may apply for scholarships offered by the China Center or other financial aid to cover program fee.


University of Minnesota participants will enroll in the Chinese language program for foreign students at Peking University. Sample courses include: listening comprehension, oral narration, modern Chinese phonetics, Chinese characters and vocabulary, translation, and reading of newspapers and magazines. Students will also have the opportunity to enroll in elective courses that are taught in English. Students who have passed the advanced exam of the HSK, a Chinese language proficiency test, can register to attend university classes taught in Chinese. Independent research projects may also be arranged. CUEP participants will receive transfer credit upon successful completion of their academic year at Peking University and after the University evaluates their official transcript.

Prior to your departure, please meet with Claudia Hasegawa, the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies academic adviser to:

Housing and Logistics 

CUEP fosters academic and personal independence by immersing students directly in a Chinese environment with no reliance on site directors or classes taught by American professors. During the program, CUEP students are provided housing in the international student dormitory in a double occupancy room with another international student. Students will receive a monthly stipend to cover meal costs, books, and incidentals. Peking University may arrange some free and/or subsidized local and regional excursions for international students. Discounts for plays, operas, museums, and other events in Beijing may be available to students.

Current and Past Program Participants

Rylie Yaeger
Qiaoqin Wang

Alexander Cole
Joel Ochoa
Wang Wei

Guangsong Liu

Kathleen Myers
Yunxiao Xu

Luke Jerviss
Bo Zhang

Margaret Krause 
Guangkuan Xie

Jonathan Mordh
Zhaobin Zhang

Jasmine Wu 
Yonghong Tian

Sarah Joyce 
Qinghong Miao

2022–23 Deadlines

March 15, 2022

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