Middlebury School in China: Hangzhou

Middlebury College & CET

The Middlebury School in China sets the bar for Chinese language learning. Whether you choose an MiC program in Beijing, Kunming, or Hangzhou, you get the best of the best—Middlebury’s excellence in language teaching, and CET’s 30+ years of experience in China. You’ll apply through Middlebury and receive a transcript from Middlebury, but the program is open to students from all schools.

Local Roommates

Living with a local roommate is about more than just sharing a room. Your roommate can show you the best internet cafés, the quickest bus to take to the Botanical Gardens, and even how to find deals on Dazhong Dianping (China’s Yelp). And since roommates uphold the same language pledge that you do, you can be sure that it won’t be long before Chinese slang is rolling off your tongue.
Hangzhou Lake

Hangzhou: Perfect Chinese City

Hangzhou is picturesque—period films are made here. It’s outdoorsy—explore the wetlands reserve. It’s immersive—few foreigners means no English to be heard. It’s accessible—hop a train to Shanghai for the weekend. It’s no wonder that Middlebury chose Hangzhou for its first program in China…it’s the perfect city for a broad-based curriculum of history, literature, religion, foreign relations, and social issues.

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Spring 02/13/2019 06/02/2019 16 Weeks 16 4 Semesters of Chinese October 1
Fall 08/28/2019 12/15/2019 16 Weeks 16 4 Semesters of Chinese March 15
Academic Year 08/28/2019 TBA 32 Weeks 32 4 Semesters of Chinese March 15

Living in Hangzhou

Hike through tea fields. Visit a nearby temple. Strike up a conversation a tea shop owner. Grab food at a local night market. Take a day trip to Suzhou with your roommate. Jump in on an activity with the local Boys and Girls Club. You’ll find yourself charmed by Hangzhou, with its easy access and plenty do to.

Zhejiang University of Technology

The program is based at the Zhejiang University of Technology. ZUT facilities are yours to explore—soccer fields, library, badminton courts, swimming pool, cafeterias.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a room with a local roommate in an international students’ dormitory on campus. For meals, take your pick of campus cafeterias or neighborhood restaurants.

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Chinese and the City

You’ll take Story of Hangzhou, a class that focuses on the city you call home for the semester. Some assignments have you reading about the city, and others get you out the door exploring it. Head to a bookstore to talk with children. Visit West Lake and ask Chinese tourists about their travels. Help food vendors at the back gate drum up business. Interview elderly citizens at a local park. It won’t be long before you are a Hangzhou expert, with the Chinese skills to prove it.

One-on-One Tutorial

You tell us about what in China interests you, and we create a one-on-one Chinese language class about that topic. Be creative with your one-on-one! This is your chance to get a head start on senior thesis research, or simply learn the kind of Chinese that appeals to you.

Some Possible One-on-One Topics

Environmental Studies in China
China’s Urbanization
Chinese Internet Culture and Language
Human Rights in China
Sino-US Economic Relations
Income Inequality
LGBTQ Issues in China
Mental Health in China
Concept of Homeland in Modern China

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Start to Specialize

At your level, it’s time to give your Chinese the specialized attention it needs. You’ll choose two electives. These small group classes have no more than 7 students, so you’ll have plenty of individual attention from the instructor as you steer your Chinese in a specific direction: business, films, literature, newspaper reading, Classical Chinese, social issues, history.

Total Chinese Immersion

As if taking an intensive load of Chinese classes weren’t enough, you’ll also uphold the 24/7 Middlebury Language Pledge. There’s no denying that the Pledge is challenging. But you won’t be in it alone. Students in this program are known for taking the Pledge seriously as a group. (And they are rewarded for their efforts at the end of the semester with excellent Chinese.) And remember, Chinese is not just for getting homework done. You’ll also have the chance to unwind in Chinese with weekly activities and co-curricular classes—try your hand at calligraphy, learn kung fu, have a ping pong tournament.

Experiencing Rural China

With Global Partnerships for Sustainability, you also have the option to do a week-long homestay in a rural village on the outskirts of Hangzhou. Learn about The Nature Conservancy in China’s work with the water reservoir and its nearby communities. Conduct field studies on topics like rural education, local governance, or environmental protection and sustainability. Not only do you develop your language skills as you interview and live with village locals, but you also gain a clearer perspective on life for those in the Chinese countryside.