The School in China offers study abroad opportunities in Beijing, Hangzhou, and Kunming.
As China’s capital, Beijing is a large and vibrant city particularly marked by rapid economic growth. The city itself has grown tremendously and visitors and residents alike remark at its constant state of change and the contrast between the modern and the ancient. It is also the center of Chinese culture and politics. Students in Beijing are hosted at Capital Normal University.
Hangzhou, known as the Garden City for the unusual quantity and quality of its parks and greenery, is the capital of Zhejiang province. Located just over 100 miles from Shanghai in eastern China, Hangzhou was China’s capital during the Southern Song dynasty in the 12th and 13th centuries when nomads from the steppe invaded Northern China. Human activity in the area dates back 4,700 years, and the current city has a history of over 2,200 years.
Today, Hangzhou has approximately seven million inhabitants and boasts at least 20 universities, an important technology industry, and temples, pagodas, and museums acclaimed throughout China and the world. Additionally, beautiful West Lake, made famous in Chinese literature, offers a scenic respite from the activity of city life. With few international students and rich opportunities for cultural immersion, Hangzhou offers an ideal setting for Chinese language study. Students in Hangzhou are hosted at the main city-center campus of the Zhejiang University of Technology.
Located in Southwest China and close to several countries in Southeast Asia, Kunming is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. Kunming’s excellent air quality, abundant parks, and Mediterranean-like climate make it a very livable city with a strong outdoor culture. Influenced by the 26 different ethnic groups of Yunnan province, Kunming embodies the truly multicultural nature of southwest China. Our host in Kunming is Yunnan University.