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Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, China (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
Zhejiang University

Chinese
 

A new Zhejiang University (ZU) was established in 1998 after combining four former individual universities in Hangzhou.  There are 21 colleges that offer students an opportunity to study philosophy, Chinese language and literature, history, education, science, economics, law, management, engineering, agriculture, and medicine.  There are 39,000 students at ZU, with over 3,500 international students from 115 countries world-wide.    
Academics

Language
Chinese is the language of instruction at ZU, however many UM students take advantage of the Chinese language courses offered through the International College (IC) at the elementary, intermediate, or advanced level.  Students in the IC study Chinese language and culture and take fieldtrips to cultural and historic places.  UM’s Elementary Education majors and teaching majors working on a Secondary Certification can complete one semester of student teaching at ZU’s College of Education; they work with an English teacher 7 hours/day, 5 days/week and take one course at the IC.    

Housing & Meals
UM exchange students stay in the Foreign Student Dormitory in double rooms.  A dining hall is adjacent to the foreign student dorm, which serves a variety of dishes, and a meal plan is included in the room and board package for UM students at ZU.    

Cost Information
UM exchange students pay their regular tuition, room and board to UM (students are charged for a double room and an all-campus meal plan; about US$3,400 per semester).  Students must apply at the Embassy in Washington D.C. for a study visa to China (costs US$50).  UM financial aid can apply to tuition, living and travel expenses for this program. 

Credit Transfer
Students will register for classes upon arrival at ZU.  Students should plan to enroll in at least 15 in-class contact hours per week each semester at ZU.
Program Dates
Semester 1:  mid September to  mid January
Semester 2: mid February to late  June

The City
Zhejiang University is located in the city of Hangzhou, in Eastern China.  Hangzhou is a tourist resort noted for its beautiful West Lake, scenic spots, and places of historical interest.  West Lake has been a subject for Chinese poets for centuries; it is truly beautiful with its green landscape, and ancient pagodas that line the shore. Traditionally a home to scholars and artists, Hangzhou continues to be a center of learning.  The finest traditional tea and silk are also produced in Hangzhou. 

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Chinese, English
Language Requirement:  two years college-level Chinese.  None if taking courses in International College only. 
University website:  www.zju.edu.cn/english
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Population
3,870,100

Climate
Annual lows are about 49?F in January; high temperatures are about 84?F in July.  The rainy season is from March to June

Proximity to
Shanghai: 175 km
Wuhan: 752 km
Beijing: 1,312 km
Xi’an:  1,380 km



Hangzhou City is located in Zhejiang Province, one of the fastest economic-growing provinces of China.  Honored as “Paradise on Earth,” Hangzhou lies at the end of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal built in the 6th century.  The canal is the oldest and longest man-made canal in China, and helped unify economic zones in ancient China.   
Zhejiang province also borders Shanghai, which is the largest metropolis in China.  A trip to Shanghai offers a glimpse into the ultra-modern economic boom that is sweeping across China.  Old Shanghai can also still be found in the traditional gardens and food and spice markets.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 02/15/2015 06/30/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.