Chinese Language Program at Zhejiang University

Introduction to the Program

The Chinese languageprogram at Zhejiang University is a one semester or one year program for international students.

About Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University is located in the eastern coastal city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, which lies 180km south of China’s largest commercial center Shanghai. As one of the seven ancient capital cities of China, Hangzhou has a history of over 2,200 years. The city is also a world-famous tourist resort praised as ‘a paradise on earth’, boasting very favorable natural conditions, with a mild climate, convenient transportation systems, picturesque scenery and rich cultural heritage. In the 13th century, the Italian traveler Macro Polo admired Hangzhou as ‘the most beautiful and splendid city in the world’.

Founded in 1897 as one of the earliest institutions of higher learning in China, Zhejiang University is now a leading research university under the direct administration of China’s Ministry of Education. Reputed as the ‘East Cambridge’ in history, Zhejiang University has always been ranked among the top universities in China in terms of its academic strength shown in teaching, research, and social service. For more info visit the page here.

About the Program

Each semester,  the International College organizes language-teaching classes at elementary,  intermediate and advanced levels. Students are to be placed in classes that suit  them best by taking a proficiency test. A class is usually composed of 15-20  students. The spring semester usually starts from late February and the autumn  semester from early or middle September. A semester usually consists of 18 weeks  with 20 class hours of language courses per week. Electives are offered for  students to choose from one to three courses according to the students’ interest  and Chinese capacity. Field trips are arranged once or twice each  semester.

Start Date of the Program

September (autumn semester) or February (spring semester)

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be above the age of 18, in good  physical and psychological condition.

Application Deadline

June 15th (for autumn semester) or January 10th (for spring semester)


A. Major Language Courses:

Elementary Level (Grade 1-3): Intensive Reading, Practical Conversation, Listening Comprehension, Extensive Reading, etc.

Intermediate Level (Grade 4-5): Intensive Reading, Listening and Conversation, Practical Writing, Extensive Reading, etc.

Advanced Level (Grade 6-7): Intensive Reading, Advanced Comprehensive Chinese, Practical Writing, Extensive Reading, etc.

B. Elective Courses:

1. Taiji 2. Gong-fu 3. Chinese Calligraphy 4. Traditional Chinese Painting 5. Survey of China 6. Ancient Chinese Language 7. Study of Chinese Character 8. Traditional Chinese Operas 9. Chinese Culture 10. Chinese Literature 11. History of China 12. Chinese Economy

C. Lecture Series:

a) Art and Culture: 1. Chinese Customs 2. Chinese Tourism 3. Traditional Chinese Medicine 4. Chinese Folk Music 5. Appreciation of Cultural Relics 6. Chinese Calligraphy and Painting 7. Tea Culture and Chinese Cuisine Culture 8. Chinese Drama

b) Social Science: 1. Chinese Philosophy 2. Education in China 3. Chinese Aesthetics 4. Chinese Society 5. Chinese Politics and Laws 6. Traditional Chinese Religions

c) Economic and Business Management: 1. Survey of Chinese Economy 2. Marketing in China 3. Management of China-foreign Joint Ventures 4. Doing Business with China 5. International Trade

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees are RMB9000 per semester. The total for the 1 year program is 18,000 RMB.


Zhejiang University possesses different types of International Student Dormitories with different conditions and specifications. For further information on the accommodation at Zhejiang University (ZJU) visit the accommodation page here.

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