In the summer semester of 2002, the University of Würzburg and Peking University established an academic cooperation enabling BA students to spend a full semester at Peking University. Since then this cooperation has been deepened and broadened with Aarhus University and the University of Oslo as partners and an office located in the School of International Studies, Peking University.

The Department of Chinese Studies in Würzburg has integrated and accredited the ECLC semester into its programmes Modern China B.A., Chinese Studies M.A., China Language and Economy M.A., and Modern China (minor subject). Students who have successfully mastered the ASQ elements Sinicum or Chinese for Economists, including all language courses up to the fourth semester, can also apply for a semester on the ECLC programme. Students of Modern China B.A. spend their fourth semester in Beijing, while MA students stay in Beijing during their third semester.

The China Studies programmes at Aarhus University and at the University of Oslo have also integrated and accredited one semester of teaching on the ECLC programme into their BA study programmes. Students from Aarhus spend their fourth ECLC semester in Beijing alongside students from Würzburg while students from Oslo spend their third BA semester at ECLC each fall/winter term.

The ECLC programme offers a range of courses, including comprehensive Chinese language courses, as well as lectures and seminars in Chinese. Courses for BA students are carried out by qualified Chinese personnel of the ECLC programme and the School of International Studies, while MA students attend language classes of the ECLC programme, as well as lectures at other faculties of Peking University.

The ECLC office organises classes, compiles learning materials, arranges students’ accommodation, and organises language partnerships as well as extracurricular activities.

All ECLC classes are evaluated twice a semester and follow-up meetings are conducted with returning students to improve the programme.

The ECLC programme provides a platform for scientific exchange. Guest professors from China visit Würzburg, Aarhus and Oslo on a regular basis, doing research and conducting lectures. The ECLC programme also offers support for visiting scholars and MA students from the three European partner universities, who want to do research at Peking University and in Beijing.


Currently the ECLC programme is integrated into the curricula of the Department of Chinese Studies at the University of Würzburg and the Department of Global Studies at Aarhus University. Since 2015 the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo has integrated the ECLC programme into its curriculum. Students of these institutions can apply for ECLC classes, or may even be obliged to take such classes, as part of their programme of studies.

Please refer to the partner section of this website to learn more about the partner institutions and whom to get in touch with if you are interested to join the programme.

At the moment the ECLC programme does not offer its services to individual students from other universities. Institutions that want to arrange for groups of students to partake in the programme, or that want to engage in academic cooperation should consult this page.