Residential program is limited to students traveling from outside of China.
Discover our newest abroad program - Great Books in Beijing! This unique experience combines an intensive academic day program at Stanford Center at Peking University with a residential component that includes additional travel days exploring the sights and culture of China.
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.
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 Chinese, American, and international 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 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 builds the skills necessary 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.
Students joining Great Books from outside of China will spend the days leading into and following the classroom portion of the program getting a taste of the amazing area sights and culture. In addition to excursions to the Great Wall, the historic Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and more, we will also enjoy local fare and nearby destinations such as Wangfujing and Hou Hai on select evenings.
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. Please inquire about group flight details from New York if joining us from the USA.