Intensive Mandarin Chinese & Chinese Culture

 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. This faculty-led program offers students of all Chinese proficiency levels intensive courses on the Chinese language and culture (Kung Fu, calligraphy, and paper-cutting with hands-on experience) at Hangzhou Normal University (HNU), which was founded in 1908 and houses over 60 undergraduate and 80 graduate programs. 

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,, 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.

  • Tuition, Boarding, Field Trip - $800

  • Program fee: (Estimated) $700
  • Airfare: (Estimated) $1200-1800
  • Additional financial aid and scholarships available - check out your options here.
  • No language prerequisite
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5+
  • Apply online via U of A Study Abroad website
Deadline: Feb 1, 2018



"The teachers were amazing, and I learned so much from their classes. I will never forget them, and how helpful and fun they were for each class. They understood that we were not amazing at Chinese, and gave us a new perspective and practice for the world outside of the classroom, so we can be social with our Chinese speaking."

"The trip was amazing, and I would recommend it to literally everyone I meet. The only thing I would change is to have more time in Shanghai, but other than that it was amazing, and I am so very glad that I applied to this trip, it was an amazing experience."


"Our time in China has been a one of a kind experience, I could not honestly think of anything else that could be added to the program. I feel I have not stopped moving and exploring things since the day I got here!"

"I loved my oral Chinese class. My ability to speak Chinese was greatly increased through this class. Also Sun lao shi was fun and exciting and taught in a way that was really interactive. Outside of class we also hung out a lot and conversed in Chinese which greatly helped my speaking ability."

***above are anonymous evaluations from former students***

Interested in finding out more about this program?

Please contact Ms. Li Yang at for more information.