2009 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, commerce, 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.

  Visit http://english.hangzhou.gov.cn/english/ for more about the city.




  Zhejiang University (ZU) is one of the largest and top-ranked 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 classes/activities are also available through ZU.


  The 2010 Fall Program will include a group trip to Beijing (late September) and several shorter trips.  In addition, students can take a 4-5 days trip to various parts of China on their own.

Sample Itinerary:

Week 1:  Arrive in Shanghai; Orientation in and Tour of Hangzhou; Chinese Tutoring & Valpo Classes Begin

Week 2:  Travel to Beijing

Week 3:  Intensive Chinese Courses Begin

Weeks 4-6:  Classes & Local Excursions

Week 7:  Travel to Xi’an (Terracotta Soldiers)

Weeks 8-10:  Classes & Local Excursions

Week 11:  Optional four-day individual travel

Weeks 12-14:  Classes & End of Term Activities

Return to US 4-5 days before Christmas

Itinerary varies by semester


   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 Fall 2010 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* An Extra Course (3 cr.) To Be Taught  by Resident Director in His/Her Specialty
  • POLS 490 (3cr.) US-China Relations**
  • EAST 386 (3cr.) Internship***

* Required for all participants.
**Professor Zhimin Lin (independent study only)
*** Check with Dr. Lin (Zhimin.lin@valpo.edu) for more information.

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

Internships Students can earn up to three credits in internship (requiring at least 100 contact hours) as part of the program. To do so, they will need to register for an internship course available through departmental offering. Past internships include China Art, Confuway Law Firm, 5-fad (Zhejiang Fanya Electronic Commerce Co., Ltd), In-Touch magazine, Origen Accounting Firm. If interested, please contact Professor Zhimin Lin (Zhimin.lin@valpo.edu) as soon as possible.

Scholarship Visit  www.valpo.edu/studyabroad for scholarship information.

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