As one of Valpo's Study Center programs, the Study Center in Hangzhou offers a well-established curriculum as well as an on-site Resident Director who teaches some program courses, and also coordinates group excursions and cultural activities. The learning experience extends far beyond the classroom walls.
This program includes group excursions organized by the Resident Director. Hangzhou is close to many tourist spots, such as the Yellow Mountains, and is on many convenient travel routes. Students will generally visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and other significant places as well as other trips around the Hangzhou area.
The city of Hangzhou is a former dynastic capital located in the eastern province of Zhejiang, about two hours from Shanghai by train. Its reputation as an attractive city contributed to the proverb "Above there is Paradise; below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou." The city is a center of industry and agriculture, as well as tourism, particularly famous for its silk and tea products.
Students will be housed in new, air-conditioned dormitories. They share the dorms with international students from all over the world. Student cafeterias with affordable meal options and local restaurants are available for dining.
Students take 10 credits of intensive Chinese language (EAST 109 & 110/EAST 209-210) at the Yuquan Campus of Zhejiang University (at one of six different levels). Students also take a three-credit Culture and Civilization course taught in English, as part of the program. In addition, the Resident Director will teach a course in his/her specialty that is usually able to satisfy a general education/elective credit for students outside of that discipline. Independent study can always be arranged with Valpo faculty, and experiential opportunities may be available for credit, such as teaching English at the local YMCA.
All students should consult with their academic advisor regarding course planning. Any course equivalencies must also be approved by the corresponding department head (i.e. History Department would approve a course taken abroad to count for a history course or specific degree requirement at Valpo).
Program dates for Fall 2017 have not officially been determined. Dates listed will serve as an estimate until official dates are released. Please note dates will be similar to the Valpo semester dates.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants must have at least sophomore standing. Graduate students interested in studying in Hangzhou should consult their advisor and the Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs to discuss details.
The deadline to apply for the Fall 2017 program will be March 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed by the Resident Director alongside the Office of International Programs study abroad staff after the deadline has passed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Non-Valpo students attending universities in the Lutheran Colleges' China Consortium are also eligible to apply and if selected, will be admitted as a visiting student in the Hangzhou China program. Participating Member Institutions include:
Concordia College - Bronxville, NY or Moorehead, MN
Concordia University - Seward, NE or Chicago, IL
Luther College - Decorah, IA
Roanoke College - Salem, VA
Thiel College - Greenville, PA
Waldorf College - Forest City, IA
Wartburg College - Waverly, IA
Wittenburg University - Springfield, OH
Students interested should contact either their study abroad or faculty advisors at their home institution, or the Valparaiso University Office of International Programs.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost. Students pay one $5,000 program fee that covers accommodation, group activities, travel/excursions and some meals. Students do not pay for a meal plan as they purchase most meals on their own (with the exception of group meals during excursions) at the cafeteria, which has affordable meal options, or in local restaurants.
Tuition, general fee, and program fee will all be posted to Student Accounts any fees would be for a normal semester at Valpo.
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. The Study Abroad Office is happy to offer support as necessary including soliciting quotes for flights from a travel agent and/or connecting students with reputable travel agents. Many students choose to fly together as a group, but some may choose to travel independently for personal travel before or after the program, or prefer to research and book their own, or would be flying out of another airport closer to home. Flights will be discussed at length during orientation.
The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies. The estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending and students should estimate for themselves based on their individual spending habits.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Resident Director for Fall 2017
Dr. Jennifer Prough - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: MUH 126
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least nine months past the program's end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that a passport application has been submitted. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.