Tufts in China
The Tufts-in-China program is offered for the fall
semester and is based in Hangzhou, China, at Zhejiang
University, one of the top seven universities in China.
Zhejiang is the name of a beautiful and richly
endowed province which, bordering Shanghai, lies in the
southern sector of the Yangtze River Delta, a golden
area in the southeastern coastal region of China.
Zhejiang University is located in Hangzhou, the capital
city of Zhejiang Province and itself a tourist resort
noted for its beautiful West Lake and the surrounding
scenic spots and places of historic interest. In
addition to being the capital of the Southern Song
Dynasty (1127-1279), Hangzhou has always been known for
its natural beauty richly captured by poets of different
dynasties. Modern Hangzhou is also ideally located, two
hours by train south of China’s biggest metropolis,
Shanghai. At the same time, Hangzhou continues to
distinguish itself with a long historic and cultural
heritage, its tradition in education, its legendary
natural and cultivated beauty, its proximity to numerous
scenic and historic sites located within and without
Zhejiang Province, and, of course, its unique cuisine.
Hangzhou is also a "sister city" of Boston. For American
students, Hangzhou is an ideal place to start their
experience in China: manageable, intimate, and yet very
close to a big city like Shanghai.
In 1998, a new Zhejiang University was established on
the basis of the amalgamation of the four former
individual universities, namely Zhejiang University,
Hangzhou University, Zhejiang Agricultural University,
and Zhejiang Medical University, which were all located
in Hangzhou. The four universities have grown out of the
same ancestry, the Qiushi (with the literal meaning of
"seeking truth" in Chinese) Academy, which was founded a
century ago as one of the earliest modern institutions
of higher learning in China. The Tufts-in-China program
is located on Yuquan campus, the campus of the old
Zhejiang University before the recent amalgamation.
Yuquan campus sits at the foot of a mountain within the
West Lake area. Students take classes in the newly-built
International Education College and have ample
opportunities to get to know Chinese students and
students from about thirty other countries.
There is a saying in Chinese: "In heaven there is
paradise; on earth there are Suzhou and Hangzhou"
(referring to two southern cities in China). The
combination of the city of Hangzhou and the renowned
Zhejiang University makes Tufts in China a unique
program for students of Chinese language and culture.
Director: Jie Yang, B.A., Hangzhou University; Ph.D., Birmingham University, U.K.
The resident director advises students on academic and extracurricular matters and organizes special trips and activities.
The Tufts-in-China program is open to undergraduate
juniors and seniors who meet the requirements listed
here and who
have completed Chinese 4 (or the equivalent) by the time
of departure. Tufts in China is open to students from
Program Fee Fall 2012
$28,996 for a semester includes:
- Round-trip airfare to Shanghai (flight originating
in Boston or New York at the discretion of Programs
Abroad); ground transportation from Shanghai to Hangzhou
- Three- to four-week orientation;
- Full room and board;
- Full tuition and fees at Zhejiang University;
- Extracurricular activities such as sports,
performances, and clubs;
- Allowance for books and photocopies.