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New! Great Books Global Forum at the Stanford Center at Peking University

Beijing, China

One and Two Week Intensive Day Programs: 
July 8-12, July 15-19, and July 8-19

Discover our newest abroad program - Great Books Global ForumSM in Beijing! An intensive academic day program at Stanford Center at Peking University, this unique program brings distinguished American faculty and international students together for shared study.

Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is the result of a long-term partnership between Stanford University and Peking University, two preeminent global institutions. Established in 2012, SCPKU provides a home base in China for Stanford faculty and scholars, facilitating local academic exchange, collaboration, research and outreach activities.

Academics

We are thrilled to be in Beijing at the beautiful SCPKU on the campus of Peking University, one of the most prestigious universities in China. We will bring  students together for an invigorating and enriching exploration of literature from authors like Virgil, Byron, Confucius, Whitman, Tagore, and more.

Each morning students will gather for a day of exciting seminars and lively discussions led by our distinguished faculty from world-class American universities. Each seminar/discussion focuses on a selection of literature that students have read the previous night. The professors use this time to provoke a thoughtful and close examination of the text. Students also meet in smaller groups throughout the day to hone writing skills. Afternoon discussions introduce additional pieces and allow students to work very closely in small groups with key faculty.

Our method of teaching by asking questions dates back to Socrates and simulates the seminars at the most prestigious American universities and gives students real practice with the skills they will need to thrive at university. This approach drives students to develop the crucial habits of reflective reading and critical thinking, to recognize their own best thoughts and to develop them with care. Students cultivate the ability to get to the key content, see the big ideas and more readily understand and articulate the subtleties in literature.  As so much of a student's grade at university depends on class participation, it is imperative to develop and hone skills early.

Develop the Skills for University Success

Our method of teaching by asking questions dates back to Socrates. We simulate the seminar-style classrooms of the most prestigious American universities, giving students intensive, hands-on practice with the skills they will need to get to and to thrive at university. Our approach drives students to develop the crucial habits of reflective reading and critical thinking, to recognize their own best thoughts and to develop them with care. Students cultivate the ability to get to the key content, see the big ideas and more readily understand and articulate the subtleties in literature.  As so much of a student's grade at university depends on class participation, it is imperative to develop and hone skills early.

Traveling to Beijing

The top university in China, Peking University is located in the Haidan District, the educational and technological center of Beijing. SCPKU is located in the Langrun Yuan in the northeast corner of campus. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) located about 45-60 minutes away by taxi. If you are not from the Beijing area and are interested in attending, we are happy to help!  Please contact us for details.

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