Visiting Mbekweni, a needy community in Western Cape,
Zhejiang University offers international students rich opportunities to study as degree-seeking students or exchange students. The Student Exchange Program attracts students from our partner universities who wish to study at ZJU for one or two semesters and transfer credits to their home institutions. To be an exchange student, candidates must be officially nominated by their home institutions and pay the tuition fee to their home institutions. On-campus housing is provided.
Orientation week is at the beginning of each new semester, right after the date of registration. Exchange students are strongly advised to take part in the orientation as they will need to register for the courses during the orientation.
(students could only choose one of the programs below)
① Intensive Chinese language and culture program
ZJU offers intensive courses on Chinese language and culture for students of different levels. Students who plan to take this program are required to take a placement test.
The intensive Chinese language and culture program includes 20 teaching hours (1 teaching hour is equivalent to 45 minutes at ZJU) of compulsory courses per week, such as reading, listening, practical conversation and writing, etc. Besides, students could take no more than 3 elective courses on Chinese society and culture per semester.
② Postgraduate study program
Students taking part in this program should be graduate students at their home university.
Students admitted in this program could also take courses on Chinese language (32 teaching hours per semester) and courses on China Profile (48 teaching hours per semester).
Graduate students in this program could also have the opportunity to do research projects instead of taking courses. In this case, the students should indicate in which school/college/department they would like to do research and provide a detailed research plan in the application.
③ Undergraduate study program
Students taking part in this program should be undergraduate students at their home university.
Students admitted in this program could also take courses on Chinese language and courses on China Profile (both courses include 48 teaching hours per semester). Please note that if the students want to take these two courses, they should have the Chinese language proficiency equivalent to grade 4 in the old version of HSK or score 190 in new HSK grade 4 or above.
1 credit at ZJU is equivalent to 16 teaching hours.
Currently we do not have any credit requirements for exchange students. The transcripts for exchange students will be issued by the International College at the end of each semester and will be sent to their home university coordinators.
We do not require any English language certificates.
If the students want to take the courses taught in Chinese in the fields of liberal arts and law, they should have the Chinese language proficiency equivalent to grade 5 in the old version of HSK or score 210 in new HSK grade 4 or above; applicants to other programs in Chinese must have the Chinese language proficiency equivalent to grade 4 in the old version of HSK or score 190 in new HSK grade 4 or above.
5.Number of exchange students
Please contact ZJU coordinator to know the maximum number of exchange students we could accept for each semester.
6.Nationality of the exchange students
Please kindly note that we do not accept students of Chinese nationality.
(1) Home university coordinator nominates their outgoing exchange students to ZJU coordinator by e-mail;
(2) The nominated students need to prepare the following documents:
①Application signed by the applicant and approved by the home university coordinator (please type on the application form as no hand-writing will be accepted);
②Valid passport copy (Passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the completion of your program at ZJU) ;
③A recent year transcript;
④Physical examination form signed by a doctor.
(3) The above-mentioned documents should be sent to ZJU coordinator by e-mail in one complete PDF file per student before Nov. 1st for spring/summer semester, before May. 1st for autumn/winter semester.
(4) The nominated students are also required to finish on-line application at the International College of ZJU at:
(5) The admission letters will be sent to the home university coordinators around the beginning of January. for spring/summer semester OR the end of June for autumn/winter semester.
Exchange students shall purchase overseas insurance at the home country before they leave for China.
Accommodation for exchange students will be automatically reserved. Exchange students will be provided housing on or near the campus where their specialty College/Department is located. The approximate monthly rate is 1500 RMB per person. Due to the limited capacity, usually two students share one room without the kitchen.
Exchange students can move in within three days before the date of registration with a refundable deposit of 800 RMB.
Around 1,000 RMB per person per month for meals on campus.
11.ZJU contacts for exchange programs
Coordinator for European universities
Ms. PANG Shu
Coordinator for non-European universities
Ms. CHEN Feng
Visiting Mbekweni, a needy community in Western Cape,
Whenever we have doubts, we are encouraged to ask questions. Language is never a problem. The professors and assistants will try to use simple words and gestures to make sure we are clear about everything.