Explore the rapidly expanding world of entrepreneurship and technology in Hangzhou, a high-tech hub in a huge, dynamic economy. Host of the 2016 G20 Summit and home to companies such as Alibaba and NetEase, Hangzhou is driving China’s increasingly important role as a global leader in e-commerce and innovation. Spend the morning in class and then head into the city with classmates for site visits to cutting edge start-ups and tech giants. There’s also time to explore Hangzhou with friends and practice your Chinese language skills as you explore the spot that Marco Polo called “the finest and most splendid city in the world.”
1 credit/15 hours
Offered at beginning and intermediate levels. Includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.
3 credits/45 hours
This introductory course provides an overview of the roles entrepreneurship and technology play in the rapidly developing Chinese economy. Classroom study is complemented by visits and onsite sessions at locations throughout the city.
This course will cover:
9:00 am: Chinese class! Learn new vocab related to Zhejiang’s economic growth over the last decade.
10:00 am: Learn about the role of video games in China’s tech boom.
1:00 pm: Group lunch and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and put together three questions for your afternoon excursion.
2:00 pm: Meet with a successful tech entrepreneur and hear about his journey to starting his own company. Don’t forget to ask your questions!
4:00 pm: Visit a local teahouse near the UNESCO designated West Lake.
6:30 pm: Group meal of Pian Er Chuan (famous noodles from Hangzhou) in the cafeteria to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.
8:00 pm: Game night – learn a Chinese game from local students.
Director of China Programs