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If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application
Join us to explore West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated by poets and artists since the 9th century, ancient temples, gardens, and pagodas in Hangzhou, one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China for the last millennium. Located in east China, Hangzhou is just one-hour away from Shanghai and known for its beautiful natural scenery as well as world famous companies such as Alibaba. This faculty-led program offers students of all Chinese proficiency levels (i.e., elementary, intermediate, advanced) intensive courses on the Chinese language and culture at Hangzhou Normal University (HNU), which was founded in 1908 and houses over 60 undergraduate and 80 graduate programs.
Dr. Yao and Ms. Yang from the department of World Languages, who are both natives of China, will accompany the group to Hangzhou and remain on-site for the first two weeks of the program, and professors from HNU will provide instruction. Students will be housed in fully-furnished on-campus single rooms. In addition to studying Mandarin, Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, ink painting, and Kung Fu, students will also visit the West Lake area, Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, an ancient town called Wuzhen, and the Thousand-Island Lake on the weekends during their stay in China. Students will take language courses in the morning and culture courses in the afternoon.
Students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours*
by the beginning of the program abroad and possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5
or better at the time of application.
*Students who have completed less than 24 credit hours may be admissible upon recommendation of faculty leader with support of the dean of the sponsoring college.
Credit Issued By:
Hangzhou Normal University (HNU)
Different learning outcomes will be applied for learners of different proficiency. Below is an example for the intermediate-level Chinese language course. By the end of this program, students will be able to:
- Orally communicate a variety of uncomplicated tasks in straightforward social situations.
- Understand simple, sentence-length speech in a variety of basic personal and social contexts.
- Comprehend short, non-complex texts that convey basic information and deal with basic personal and social topics.
- Meet a number of practical writing needs, such as simple compositions, requests for information, and other personal topics.
- Acquire culturally and linguistically appropriate behavior in Chinese.
- Identify and describe key concepts in Chinese calligraphy, ink painting, paper cutting, and Kung Fu.
Students will be housed in fully-furnished on-campus single rooms. Each dorm room is equipped with a twin-size bed, a desk, a chair, AC, a fridge, a TV, an in-unit bathroom, and wireless Internet. Students have access to on-site laundromats, shared kitchens, library, on-campus cafeterias, and gym. Students also have the opportunity to interact with local Chinese students as well as international students from other countries during their stay.
Students will participate in one field trip each weekend during their stay:
1) City tour in Hangzhou
2) City tour in Shanghai
3) One-week field trip to Sichuan
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out funding opportunities on our website
and with your college.
For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Department of World Languages
Check out our quick info sheet to see what former students have said about their cultural experiences, out of pocket expenses and budgeting, packing, and technology abroad!
China Intensive Mandarin info sheet.pdf