The School of Foreign Languages, whose origin dates back to Jingshi Tongwenguan (The Capital House of Foreign Languages) founded in 1862, formed excellent traditions and distinguished features during its 150 years of history. Today, the School of Foreign Languages is carrying on the traditions in more fields to forge new milestones. In 2004 and 2008 national primary discipline evaluation, Foreign Language and Literature of Peking University ranked No. 1 successively.
The School of Foreign Languages consists of 12 departments and 2 institutes, namely the Departments of English Language and Culture, French Langauge and Culture, German Language and Culture, Spanish and Protuguese Languages and Cultures, Russian Language and Culture, Japanese Language and Culture, Arabic Langauge and Cultures, South Asian Languages and Cultures, Southeast Asian Cultural Studies, West Asian Languages and Cultures, African and Asian Languages and Cultures, Korean Langauge and Culture, and the Institutes of Applied Linguistics and World Literature. There are 20 language majors that enroll undergraduates, including English, Russian, French, German, Spanish, Protuguese, Japanese, Arabics, Mongolian, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Indonesian, Philipino, Hindi, Sanskrit and Pali, Urdu, Persian, and Hebrew. The School of Foreign Languages has also offered courses in Latin, Malay, Bengali, Pahlavi, Akkadian, Sumerian, Hittite, Aramaic, and Tibetan. The studies in old Icelandic, Tahnyotho, Biblical Hebrew, Tocharian, Georgian, and Khotanese are being conducted and the number of language courses and studies is on steady rise.
The School of Foreign Languages has one primary discipline and ten secondary discipline doctoral programs and one mobile postdoctoral center. In addition, it offers master programs in comparative literatuce, world literature, and MTI. In all, there are over 1,200 students (over 800 undergraduates, 300 master candidates, and over 100 Ph.D. candidates) and 261 faculty (230 teachers). The number of international teachers is increasing steadily.
The School of Foreign Languages has dual missions: one is to conduct study in foreign languages, literature, and cultures, to educate competent talents in this field, and to introduce world academic achievements and cultures into China; the other is to provide the country and society with high quality language-related services. Foreign language provides access to first hand information about world peoples and cultures and allows efficient connections and communication with other countries in many fields. As China's international visibility increasing, the School of Foreign Languages will provide the society with services greater in number and quality and forge new milestones.
We sincerely welcome experts with outstanding language competence from various fields and countries as well as students from China and the world.