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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Mandarin Chinese Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Credit Available For: Wharton Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: Apartment/Off-Campus, Arranged by Student Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: September 10
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Peking University, Guanghua School of Management

BGU LogoThe Guanghua School of Management is the business school of Peking University in Beijing, China.  The school offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, with a total enrollment of 3,000 students. The school comprises eight departments: Finance, Applied Economics, Marketing, Strategic Management, Accounting, Management Science, and Information Science. It has consistently been regarded as one of the top business schools in China, often recognized for faculty research, academic teaching, and admission selectivity.

For additional information, visit the Guanghua School of Management website.  

The City of Beijing

As the capital of the world’s most populous nation, Beijing is the center and international focal point of much of what happens in contemporary China.  Beijing is considered China’s political, educational, and cultural capital.  With a population of approximately 22 million people, the official language is Mandarin Chinese.

Did you know…?

Beijing and the surrounding area contain many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven.



The program at Guanghua School of Management is for Wharton students.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Students must have high level of Chinese proficiency to participate.
Other Requirements: Peking University will not accept students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan ROC, Hong Kong SAR, or Macau. This includes those who are permanent U.S. residents.


Language of Instruction

English, Mandarin Chinese


Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level. A full course load at Guanghua School of Management consists of a maximum of 18 credits per semester.  Each course is usually 2 to 3 credits. Every 2 credit course at Guanghua has 36 instruction hours. Two- credit courses are 10 weeks long and three- credit courses are 15 weeks long. All courses are followed by exam weeks. Students must consult with their academic advisor for study abroad when selecting their coursework in order to ensure they will receive an appropriate number of Penn CUs for courses taken while abroad.

All students will be required to successfully pass a language proficiency test on-site in Beijing before they are permitted to enroll in the regular university courses. Visiting students will receive class schedules and a list of courses offered from the department in which they are enrolled once they have arrived on campus. Academic advisors for visiting students are available in each department for consultation.

Peking University Academic Calendar
Guanghua School of Management Course Catalog for Incoming Exchange Students

*Important Note*

Students are not permitted to depart their semester abroad before all final exams/assessments have been completed. This program does not permit re-scheduling or remote proctoring of exams. 
  • For students abroad in the spring semester, this program concludes at the end of June. Students are expected to stay abroad until the last date of their last final in June.
  • For students abroad in the fall semester, exams for English-taught courses will conclude prior to the end of December. Exams for Mandarin-taught courses will conclude in mid-January. Depending on when Penn's academic calendar begins for the spring term and when the exam period ends at Guanghua, there may be a conflict with the start of the spring semester at Penn. Therefore, students interested in studying abroad in the fall term and taking Mandarin-taught courses must express this interest to their Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager at the time of their advising appointment. If there will be an academic calendar conflict for the intended semester abroad, then the student will be advised to defer his/her abroad term to spring and/or consider a different abroad program, as students may not study abroad on a program where there will be an academic calendar conflict with Penn's spring term dates. 
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here

Special Features

BGU Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the Guanghua School of Management prior to the start of each semester.  More information on Guanghua School of Management’s orientation activities can be found here.

Buddy Program

All international exchange students will be assigned a “buddy,” a student currently enrolled at Guanghua, who will not only help you adjust to campus life, but will also help you navigate through Beijing.  Before the start of classes, GISA (Guanghua International Students Association) will email you the contact information for your buddy.


BGU Campus
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

For the exchange program between Wharton and the Guanghua School of Management, housing is not included. Students will need to find an off-campus apartment. Guanghua recommends several housing agencies to assist in finding accommodation. Living conditions are comfortable, but simple, and provide standard amenities such as beds, desks, television, private bathroom, and internet access. Kitchens are not available. Students are housed two to a room; single rooms are not available.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships for Study Abroad: Supports undergraduate study abroad focusing on geographical areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to US national security. (Excludes study in US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.) These US government grants entail a service obligation.  

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Beijing, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.