Study Abroad: China

Study Abroad in Hangzhou

Previous study of Chinese language is not required, and almost all Valpo students can study abroad in Hangzhou without delaying graduation if they plan carefully with their academic advisor. You must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing with an overall 3.0 GPA. As many as 15 students from Valpo, from other schools in the Lutheran Colleges’ China Consortium, or from other universities-at-large may study in Hangzhou for the fall semester at Zhejiang University. Students take either 10 credits of intensive Chinese language at the university (at one of six different levels) or take 5 credits of Chinese conversation (EAST 110/210) and audit the other 5 credits of Chinese language (EAST 109/209). Students also take a three-credit Culture and Civilization course, taught in English by Valpo faculty. Additional courses may be available, depending on your Chinese language ability and the resident director of the program.

Visit the Office of International Programs to learn more.

Summer Program

Valparaiso University’s Chinese and Japanese Studies Program invites students of all majors to apply for the China Summer Program. The program offers Valpo undergraduate and graduate students alike an opportunity to travel to at least three Chinese cities, take up to six credits, and intern in a Chinese institution for five and a half weeks.

Other Opportunities

Short-term study abroad trips may be offered in the future. In addition, students may choose to participate in non-Valpo study abroad opportunities for transfer credit after consulting with faculty and the International Programs office.

Caterpillar Foundation Scholarship

Valparaiso University has received funding from the Caterpillar Foundation to support study abroad in China as a partner in the U.S. Department of State’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. For more information, contact the International Programs office.