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China - Peking University

Peking University

Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, China has hosted twelve high school interns since 2002.

Established in 1898, the PKU strives for improvements in teaching and research and the promotion of interaction among various disciplines.

The PKU carries out research and development in basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education.

Interns at the PKU work alongside renowned international researchers and experts - like Dr. Dingming Kan, Dr. Hongya Gu, and Dr. Qu Lijia - in the field villages of Qu Zhou and PKU's research labs in Beijing.

The students also have the opportunity to travel around China with their host families and colleagues to see the Great Wall of China, the silk markets, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the Olympic Stadium.

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Travel Information for China

Suggested Travel Link:

Visa required: Tourist Visa Required

Passport: Required

Travelers Heath & Vaccinations: Visit the CDC website at

Embassies & Consulates Contact:

  • U.S. Embassy Beijing -  No. 55 An Jia Lou Road Chaoyang district, Beijing 100600 China

Telephone:+(86)(10) 8531-4000

Emergency:+(86)(10) 8531-4000

  • The U.S. Consulate General in Wuhan - New World International Trade Tower 1, No. 568, Jianshe Avenue Hankou, Wuhan 430022 China

Telephone: +(86)(027) 8555-7791

Emergencies: +(86)(10) 8531-4000

Geography: Refer back to "International Internship Sites"

Cellular apps (highly suggested to download prior to departure): US Embassy. Airlines the intern will be traveling through. WeChat. Whatsapp does not work here.

Common Questions Summer Interns Asked Peking University

Who will pick me up at the airport?  Where exactly should I meet this person?  Who would I contact and at what phone number if my flight is behind schedule and extremely late in arriving? 

A staff member of Peking will pick you up from the airport. 

What is the weather usually like during the period June through August?

It is usually very hot so prepare appropriate clothing. Also you can buy clothes in Beijing conveniently.

Describe the range of attire required during the internship:

The dress codes is casual at Peking, shorts are allowed. There will be no need for formal clothing.

Dorm-Style housing? Home-hosting with a family?

Dorm style housing with shared bathrooms.

Will I need an electrical adapter for my small appliances?

Yes, you will need an electrical adapter.

Will there be other high school or college students living and working there this summer?

Yes, there will be many college students working in the same area.

Is it advisable for me to bring a laptop computer with me? 


Will I have access to a work computer?

Yes, You will have access to a work computer.

Will I receive an orientation to local customs, where I should and should not go, wise safety practice for the area, etc.? 

Yes, a staff member will provide you an introduction.

Is the workweek Monday through Friday?  The typical workday consists of how many hours?

Yes the workweek is Monday through Friday, typically 8 hours.


How can I access currency?  (Is there a bank near the center?)

Yes, there are banks near the facility.

In case of a medical need or emergency, is there a clinic or medical facility near the place I will be working?

Yes, the school infirmary is provided.

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