Life in China

As a student abroad with the Experience China program, you will be involved in a myriad of activities. You'll live in a close-knit community of ExC participants, with a wealth of formal and informal opportunities to engage in the Zhejiang International Studies University (ZISU) campus, and larger community of Hangzhou, China. See the photos below for some insight into the student experience with ExC.

  • You will share a room with one other student
  • All dorm facilities have been renovated recently and are en-suite!
  • There is shared kitchen space in the dorm where you can practice cooking all your new favorite dishes.
  • When not eating in the campus dining hall you'll enjoy exploring all of Hangzhou's eateries, including dumplings at this restaraunt near campus!
  • A track is available right outside the hotel for exercise, and getting involved with ZISU athletic activities.
  • You'll spend approximately 4 hours per week helping ZISU students and community members perfect their English language skills in the English Language Corner.
  • Bike rentals are available throughout the city, making it easy to explore your new surroundings!
  •  You'll have ample opportunities to indulge in the local Chinese cuisine.
  • Field trips will allow you to explore new activities, such as learning calligraphy in the village of Lanting...
  • ...or meeting monks at Leifeng Pagoda.


Before your departure

The following books are recommended guides to familiarize yourself with Chinese culture prior to your departure:

DK Guide to China

TravelKit Guide to Hangzhou

China: People, Place, Culture, History

While abroad

The following site is a great resource once you're in Hangzhou:

What's Up in Hangzhou