2005 Hangzhou Brochure II


  Hangzhou is a former dynastic capital located in the eastern province of Zhejiang, about 2 hours from Shanghai by train/bus. Its reputation as an attractive tourist destination has been immortalized by the Chinese proverb: “Above there is heaven; below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou.” Hangzhou is close to several tourist spots, such as the Yellow Mountains, and lies on many transportation routes, making it an ideal place for overseas study.

  The city is also a center of industry and agriculture, particularly famous for its silk and tea products.  In the recent years of China’s rapid development and integration into the world economy, the Hangzhou area has been consistently at the forefront of progress and a leader in international commerce. Students of various interests and backgrounds, from art to social work to business, will be able to make discoveries and enhance their world perspectives in Hangzhou, China.




  Zhejiang University (ZU) is one of the largest and top-ranking universities in China, with nearly 34,000 under- and graduate students on five campuses.  The Yuquan campus, where our students reside, is 15 minutes by bicycle from the center of the city and its main attraction, the beautiful West Lake.  Students stay in single, air-conditioned rooms with private baths and have access to broadband internet connection, computers and other facilities in VU’s Education Center at ZU.  They generally eat in the restaurant-style dining room, or at nearby eating establishments. ZU instructors guide students through intensive language training and share insights about the local culture. Various extracurricular and cultural activities are also available through ZU.


  The fall 2007 semester will be directed by Gereon Kopf, associate professor of religion and philosophy from Luther College. Dr. Kopf has taught Asian religions and philosophies with scholarly interests in Zen/Chan philosophy. He  has extensive experience in directing international programs including four study abroad J-term courses to Janan. Dr. Kopf has been to China three times and has been  studying the Chinese language since 2003. As a resident director, Dr. Kopt will teach a course in Chinese culture and civilization as well as a course on religions in China and Japan.

Group/Individual Trips in China

The 2007 Fall Program will include two separate group trips to Beijing (late September) and Xi’an (mid-October).  In addition to shorts group trips to various locations in and around Hangzhou, students can take a one-week trip to various parts of China on their own in early November.



   Students are required to take either 10 credits of intensive Chinese language, or take 5 credits of Chinese courses (EAST 109 or 209) and audit the other 5 credits (EAST 110 or 210).  All students are required to take the Culture and Civilization course (EAST 395). The following courses are offered in Hangzhou for Fall 2007 but more are possible through independent study or guided research:

  • EAST 109 (5cr.) Intensive Elementary Chinese
  • EAST 110 (5cr.) Intensive Elementary Chinese: Conversation
  • EAST 209 (5cr.) Intensive Intermediate Chinese
  • EAST 210 (5cr.) Intensive Intermediate Chinese: Conversation
  • EAST 395 (3cr.) Chinese Culture and Civilization
  • THEO 390/EAST 390  (3cr.) Religions of China and Japan
  • POLS 380 (3cr.) Contemporary US-China Relations*

* Professor Zhimin Lin (independent study) (instructor’s approval required)

Visit www.valpo.edu/registrar/catalogindex for more details regarding course descriptions and fulfillment of requirements.

Internships at various local institutions such as accounting firms, law firms, and various business organizations in the Hangzhou area are available upon request.

Scholarship Students are encouraged to  visit www.iie.org/pgms/Freeman-ASIA for more information and application forms.

What to know more about the Hangzhou Program and the experiences of past participants? Visit www.valpo.edu/cjsp!