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.

Dorm room
You and another Experience China program participant will share a room in the international student dormitory on the ZISU campus.
dorm bathroom
All dorm facilities have been renovated recently and are en-suite!
dorm kitchen
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!
ZISU track & dining hall
A track is available right outside the hotel for exercise, and getting involved with ZISU athletic activities.
English language corner
You'll spend approximately 4 hours per week helping ZISU students and community members perfect their English language skills in the English Language Corner.
Rental bikes
Bike rentals are available throughout the city, making it easy to explore your new surroundings!
students and faculty dining at ZISU
You'll have ample opportunities to indulge in the local Chinese cuisine.
Learning calligraphy in Lanting1
Field trips will allow you to explore new activities, such as learning calligraphy in the village of Lanting...
Leifeng Pagoda
...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 Chinalink

TravelKit Guide to Hangzhoulink

China: People, Place, Culture, Historylink

While abroad

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

What's Up in Hangzhoulink