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BMGT Exchange: Guanghua School of Management, Peking University (China)

Beijing, China
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Rachel McCloud
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
The Guanghua School of Management, Peking University has the most competitive undergraduate business program in China.Guanghua has a total enrollment of more than 3,000 students and recently won first place as the most Influential MBA of China in a ranking conducted by World Executive. The Guanghua MBA program is ranked 2nd within mainland China 57th worldwide in the Financial Times MBA Ranking 2014. The Peking University campus is traditional with a beautiful lake, and is integrated well with its host city, with many forms of public transportation nearby to whisk students throughout Beijing.

Host City
Beijing, one of the four great ancient capitals in China, is the second largest city in China and home to many cultural wonders. The Forbidden City is located in the center and guided tours take place daily. Beijing also hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics and the venues are still open to tour. The cuisine is also world renowned, the Peking Roast Duck being the most famous. There are over one hundred museums in Beijing, including the National Museum of China, the National Art Museum in China, the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution, and the Beijing Art Museum. The famous Great Wall is only a few hours drive north.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


The MBA courses are composed of two types: core courses and elective courses. The core courses cover the basic knowledge and skills of management and economics, while the elective courses put emphasis on professional knowledge and skills in different management functions. The rich availability of elective courses enables the students to have the flexibility of learning general management or focusing on one functional area among Accounting, Finance, Strategy Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management and Organization Management, Decision-making and Information Management, and Entrepreneurial Management. 
15-20 courses are offered in English and students can also take the “Business Chinese” class for free.


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Guanghua School of Management towards your UMD degree.  

Guanghua School of Management Credit UMD Credit
1 Peking credit 1 UMD credit
3 Peking credits 3 UMD credits

The credit conversion listed above was approved by the UMD Study Abroad Transfer Credit Committee on June 10, 2014. 


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

Guanghua School of Management Grade UMD Grade
60 % C -

Due to overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, students must find private accommodations on their own. Assistance from the Office of International Relations is provided. The office will mail information regarding housing to incoming students a month before the semester starts. Housing rates range from $400-650 for a single room in a two/three bedroom apartment.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

International Welcome/Orientation
All students are required to attend an orientation to receive the necessary information. There is also a buddy system in place to link up current students with international students.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023