Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

About YGS

+ What is the Yenching Global Symposium (YGS)?

The Yenching Global Symposium (YGS) is an annual event that brings together people from different fields and across generations with a common interest: China. This year, the four-day event will take place in April 2018 and will comprise engaging speakers and interactive events on the topic of Renaissance: China's Journey in a Global Future. This conference will feature prominent international scholars and leading young professionals from a wide range of fields and will provide a highly focused, application-based experiential learning platform.

+ Where is YGS?

The Yenching Global Symposium is hosted by the Yenching Academy at Peking University, Beijing, China.

+ When is YGS?

The Yenching Global Symposium will take place on the dates April 12th-15th, 2018. Delegates will arrive by the evening of April 11th.

+ Who will be delegates at YGS?

There will be approximately 200 delegates at the Yenching Global Symposium from all over the world. To apply, delegates must be under 30 years old. Please see our application page for more details.

About the delegate application

+ Why should I apply to be a delegate at YGS?

We offer ambitious graduate students and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to come to China and be inspired by:

  • a diverse body of global scholars from leading universities;
  • practioners from a wide range of fields including art, history, culture, innovation, politics, and business;
  • speakers from renowned universities, enterprises, and international organizations.

The Symposium is a platform for connecting leaders on China, across generations and across disciplines. It will help connect you with inspiring, like-minded peers as well as leading experts who share your interest in China. These interactions will take place at Peking University, China’s top university.

As a delegate, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences with innovation while collaboarting with others to generate fruitful exchange and construct frameworks for action on China's most challenging issues.

Finally, we cover all expenses of your round-trip flight, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the Symposium.

+ When is the application deadline to be a delegate?

Applications are due on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 11:59pm CST (China Standard Time).

+ What if I can only attend part of the YGS?

Due to the large number of students interested in attending YGS, only delegates who are available for all four days (April 12th-15th, 2018) will be selected to attend the event. International delegates must arrive by the evening of April 11th, 2018; if selected, we will be in touch with you to make flight arrangements.

If your availability changes, please let us know immediately.

+ Can I attend YGS again if I was previously a YGS delegate?

While past YGS delegates are ineligible to becoming delegates again, we still work to keep past delegates involved. To that end, if you have previously attended YGS and wish to contribute to the conference in other capacities such as moderating panels, please contact our Programs team

+ How and when will YGS delegates be selected?

In our selection process, We aim to recruit a diverse group of delegates from around the world and from a different disciplines. We are looking for enthusiasm and motivation for the Symposium's theme and vision. Additionally, applicants should have a strong, demonstrated interest in China. Delegates must meet all elibility requires, including being no older than 30 years old by April 15th, 2018 (unless from a country which requires mandatory military service, in which case, the requirement is to be no older than 32 years old by April 15th, 2018). Applicants can be young professionals (holding a Bachelor's degree) or students (post-graduate/Master's degree and higher).

Application results will be sent out by January 1, 2018. Accepted delegates will receive formal invitation letters to attend.

+ Do I have to pay anything if I am selected as a YGS delegate?

If you are selected as a delegate, the Yenching Global Symposium will cover your return flight tickets, accommodation, and meals for the duration of the event. Delegates have to bear visa expenses (if any) and are advised to carry some money for personal expenses, sightseeing, etc.

+ What kind of documents do I need to apply for the YGS?

We require you to submit a CV and the completed online application form. Non-native speakers of English must also include their English test scores in their applications. Please see the full application for complete details.

+ Can undergraduate students apply to be YGS delegates?

Unfortunately, no. Only young professionals holding a Bachelor's degree or higher by December 31, 2017, and graduate students (post-graduate/Master's degree and higher) are eligible to apply to the YGS. In countries where Bachelor's and Master's degrees are combined, delegates need to have been enrolled at a university for more than four years, i.e., be at least in your fifth year of studies. For full elibility requirements, please read the Apply page.

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