"There couldn't possibly be a greater opportunity for any of you than the one presented at Yenching."
Global Vice Chairman and Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in any field, awarded no later than August 31 of the year in which they wish to enroll;
An outstanding academic record;
Strong interest in interdisciplinary study of China;
A record of extracurricular achievement, community engagement and social responsibility;
On August 15, 2017, the Yenching Academy will begin welcoming applications for its 2018 cohort from International, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan candidates.
The Yenching Academy annually enrolls approximately 125 new students from both Mainland China and abroad, to study, live, and learn together. International students and students from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan comprise roughly 80% of the student body.
Applicants should have:
Successful applicants will demonstrate how the Yenching Academy program is relevant and valuable for their career plans.
Preference is given to candidates age 25 or younger as of August 31 of the year they wish to enroll. For students from countries with mandatory military service, the age preference is 27 years old or younger.
Completed online application form;
Personal statement (750 words or less);
Diploma(s) or Certificate(s) of Enrollment;*
Two letters of recommendation;
International English proficiency test score (at least IELTS 7/TOEFL 100/Cambridge 180/CEFR C1).**
Candidates may apply through Yenching Academy’s online application portal. Please note that those from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will also need to apply through the Peking University Graduate Admissions website.
Each applicant will create an account on the Yenching Academy admissions portal and submit the following materials in English:
*If official university documents are in languages other than English or Chinese, both copies of the original documents and certified English translations must be uploaded. This requirement includes diplomas issued in Latin.
** Native English speakers and students/alumni of primarily English-taught degree programs are not required to provide English proficiency test scores.
More details will be available through the admissions portal once the applicant has created an account.
The Yenching Academy works with Partner Universities that conduct internal application processes and nominate outstanding candidates for consideration. Applicants enrolled at Partner Universities are required to apply through both their universities' internal processes and the Yenching Academy admissions portal.
Alumni of Partner Universities are also expected to apply through both their universities and the Academy's admissions portal; however, if their schools do not handle alumni applications, they may apply through the admissions portal alone. Please see the Partner and Cooperating Universities page for more details.
Dec. 11, 2017: Universities in the United States and Canada;
Jan. 15, 2018: Universities in all other countries.
International candidates and those from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan may begin applying August 15, 2017. There are two deadlines, associated with candidates’ universities:
Applicants must submit all materials before 12:00 noon (Beijing time) on the relevant deadlines.
Note: All candidates should apply by the deadlines corresponding to their universities or alma maters. There may be rare exceptions; for example, an alumna of a U.S. university learns about our program after returning to her home country, and wishes to apply by the later deadline.
Semi-finalists and finalists will be interviewed via Skype, or if they happen to be in Beijing at the right time, in person. A few acceptance offers may be made on a rolling basis. The majority of admissions decisions will be made in March.
Successful applicants unable to attend the Yenching Academy due to an unforeseen and unavoidable conflict may apply for a deferral. Deferrals will not be granted for those who choose another program, job or internship.