WWU Exchange in China:
Fun Facts about Hangzhou
Hangzhou Normal University
- Hangzhou's history can be traced back over 2,200 years to the Qin Dynasty (221 BC)
- Marco Polo described the city as “the finest and most splendid city in the world”
- Hangzhou is famous for its silk
- Hangzhou has the largest bike sharing system in the world
- Forbes Magazine ranked Hangzhou the number 1 city for business in China in the years 2004, 2005 and 2006
Hangzhou Normal University (HNU) is a comprehensive institution offering programs
in arts and sciences, humanities, education, music, engineering, information technology, business, law, medicine, and nursing. Most coursework is taught in Chinese; however, there are a few programs
taught in English, particularly in the fields of business and economics. International Students can also take Chinese language and culture courses. Students may be able to find some computer science courses taught in English as well.
HNU has over 20,000 Students total, out of which there are roughly 520 International Students.
Hangzhou Normal University is located in Hangzhou, which is the capital of Zhejiang Province, China. The city of Hangzhou is located roughly 100 miles south of Shanghai. It is the fourth largest city in China and is home to West Lake; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Academic Program and Courses
Each academic year comprises two semesters with a long break (~ 2 months) in the summer and a shorter break (~ 1 month) in the winter.
International Economics and Trade
: Core courses include Principles of Microeconomics, Statistics for Business and Economics, Principles of Accounting, Principles of Macroeconomics, Transition and Development of Chinese Economy, Principles of Management, Principles of Finance, International Trade, International Trade Practice, Quantitative Research Method, International Trade Law, Chinese Economic Law, International Marketing, International Service Trade.
: Core courses include: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Finance, Principles of Accounting, Securities Investment, Principles of Management, Financial Markets, Investment, Statistics for Business and Economics, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics, Quantitative Research Method, Financial Mathematics, International Finance, Financial Engineering, Designing and Pricing of Financial Derivatives, Financial Risk Management, Analysis of Financial Time Series.
Notes on Higher Education in China
Typical Chinese classes are mostly lecture style. There are usually no presentations, essays or group projects required. Students are expected to do the homework and pass the exams. The grading scale is typically 0-100 with a minimum passing score of 60.
Fall: Early September to Late January (It may be possible to return early, but this is determined on a case-by-case basis)
Winter/Spring: Early February to Mid-July
Single room: Each room is equipped with one single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, bookshelf, TV, refrigerator, air conditioner, private bathroom with 24hrs hot water. In addition, public laundry and kitchens are available for students. The current rate (2018) for housing is RMB 35/day
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
- Housing: Costs Vary. On-Campus housing is RMB 35/day. Off-campus housing could range from ~ $700 - ~ $3,000 per year.
- Health Insurance: ~ $1.56/day
- Meals: $500 - $1000 per semester
- Books: $150 per semester
- HNU Application Fee: RMB 400
- Airfare: $1,500 - $2,000
The program may allow for time, which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
For self-supporting students, Hangzhou Normal University offers Hangzhou Municipal Government Scholarship and Zhejiang Provincial Government Scholarship (20000RMB/year for Bachelor, 30000 RMB/year for Master) which generally opens in September of the year.
How to apply
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to Hangzhou Normal University. Here is the process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items, but students can complete them later.
- Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
- Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
: Accept the Nomination
- The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed.
- The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
Step 3: Submit your HNU Application
- Students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
- The EdAbroad office will provide you with the following forms:
- Exchange Student Application form for HNU
- Foreigner Physical Examination Form
- Student will need to provide supporting documents such as laboratory report sheets, X-ray films and necessary testing reports
- Student will also need to submit the following items:
- Photocopy of passport
- 2 recent photos (white background, 35mmx45mm in size)
- Official Transcript
- Recommendation Letter from a Western professor
- If students are planning to take courses taught in Chinese, they will need to provide the results from a Chinese Proficiency test
- Deadline for Fall Semester: April 30
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