** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Set in beautiful Hangzhou, Experience China provides a rich, cultural immersion with the comfort and safety of an organized and well-staffed international learning community.
When Marco Polo visited Hangzhou he described it as "the most beautiful and splendid city in the world." As a student in the Experience China (ExC) program you'll have a chance to see for yourself exactly what Marco Polo was referring to.
As an ExC student you will participate in a directed study of Chinese culture alongside your general education courses. The relationship between the United States and China has been described as important not only for the citizens of our two countries, but also for a new era of global development. Position yourself on the leading edge of this new era by immersing yourself in the historic, diverse, and complex culture of China with the ExC program.
Your academic experience with ExC will be enriched by educational excursions to local points of interest, opportunities for independent travel, and a host buddy program with local students.
Participants in the Experience China program enroll in a minimum of 12 credits offered in a module format. In this format, courses are taught one at a time in three-week blocks. You'll enroll in only one course per module. The course descriptions for each term provided here indicate the module the course will be offered. The required China: From Ancient Culture to a Modern Global Force meets at various times throughout the semester, and the optional Mandarin course (4 credits) will meet two evenings each week to best facilitate language learning.
To help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.
We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.