Yenching Academy information session


Location: 2148 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on

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Learn about the Yenching Academy from Yenching Scholar Teresa Kennedy '16.

Established in 2014, the Yenching Academy at Peking University offers a two-year master’s degree program for students with outstanding academic backgrounds and broad curiosity. The program pushes the study of China beyond the traditional boundaries of the humanities and social sciences.

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Students who are admitted to the academy receive a full scholarship, including tuition, accommodation in the Yenching Academy House, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey to and from Beijing, basic medical insurance and a living stipend for campus living costs and expenses related to field studies.

Kennedy, an anthropology and peace studies major, focused her Notre Dame studies on human rights and indigenous identity in Latin America. After graduating, she worked as a high school teacher for a year before moving to Beijing for theYenching Academy scholarship.

During her time as a Yenching Scholar, Kennedy began learning Mandarin and focused her studies on learning about the social and environmental impacts of Chinese-funded megaprojects in Latin America. Kennedy currently works for an environmental NGO in Beijing, where she continues to work on China-Latin America environmental issues, in addition to environmental issues more broadly within China.

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Jenny Claire Smith, undergraduate research advisor for Flatley CUSE, will be on  hand to explain the Yenching Scholars application process. 

Cosponsored by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies