The Middlebury in China program in Hangzhou, in cooperation with CET Academic Programs, offers an immersion opportunity in Chinese language and culture. While the program only requires two semesters of Chinese prior to departure, it is strongly encouraged to have 4-5 semesters in advance of departure. Students choose from a wide variety of courses taught in Chinese, live with local students in dormitories, and participate in activities and excursions. Hangzhou offers a broad-based curriculum in humanities, including history, art and literature, religious studies, foreign relations, and Chinese social issues.
Students take a number of Chinese language and culture courses while abroad. The curriculum was designed for the specific needs of high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students; however, it has broadened to lower-level Chinese language learners. All students are required to take the One-on-One Content-Based Tutorial and the Area Studies Class pertinent to the host city. In addition, all students choose two elective classes from among those that are offered. All courses are conducted entirely in Chinese.
Every student is paired with a student from the host university. Chinese roommates are selected through an application process, and every effort is made to match Middlebury and Chinese students with compatible interests and habits. Previous students who have participated in the Middlebury School in China agree that it offers amazing opportunities to build lasting friendships and integrate them in campus life. Students are housed with their roommates in double-occupancy rooms in a dormitory that is not far from the classroom building. The dormitory offers a student lounge, free laundry facilities, a galley kitchen, and staff offices.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.