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Fast Facts:
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Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): Accounting, Finance, International Business, Legal Studies in Business, Management, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: Chinese, English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None, but some knowledge of local language advised
Click here for a definition of this term Secondary Application Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact Participants

Program Description


The University
Zhejiang University (ZJU, also known as Che Kiang University), sometimes referred to as Zheda, is a national university in China. Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University is one of China's oldest, most selective and most prestigious institutions of higher education. It is a member of the C9 League, the Yangtze Delta Universities Alliance and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

At present, there are a total of 45,678 full-time students enrolled at Zhejiang University, including 22,376 graduate students, 8577 Ph.D candidates, and 23,302 undergraduates. In addition, there are 3,407 international students currently attending Zhejiang University.

Zhejiang University is consistently ranked among China's top universities.

The university is located in Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, about 110 miles southwest of Shanghai. Zhejiang University comprises seven campuses: the main campus, Zijingang, and the Yuquan, Xixi, Huajiachi, Zhijiang, Zhoushan and Haining campuses. University housing is available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Traditionally overshadowed by metropolises such as Shanghai and Beijing, Hangzhou found itself in the global spotlight during the 2016 G20 Summit. To beautify the city and ease congestion for its international guests, the government shut down polluting factories, shipped away migrant workers, gave citizens vouchers to encourage vacation, and spent more than $1 billion on a new convention center. But Hangzhou's allure is not simply cosmetic. While China's overall growth is slowing and its manufacturing sector struggles, Hangzhou continues to steadily grow on the back of the burgeoning high-tech industry, making it a model city for China's broader economic transition.

While Hangzhou is quickly becoming known for tech and e-commerce, it is home to several other prominent industries, including equipment manufacturing and biotechnology. Traditionally, Hangzhou has been one of China's most popular holiday spots. Seven centuries ago, Marco Polo pronounced Hangzhou "the finest, most splendid city in the world . . . where so many pleasures may be found that one fancies oneself to be in Paradise." Hangzhou's claim to paradise has always been centered on its famous West Lake (Xi Hu),surrounded on three sides by verdant hills. The islets and temples, pavilions and gardens, causeways and arched bridges of this small lake (about 5km/3 miles across and 14km/8 3/4 miles around) have constituted the supreme example of lakeside beauty in China ever since the Tang Dynasty, when Hangzhou came into its own with the completion of the Grand Canal (Da Yunhe) in A.D. 609. Hangzhou reached its zenith during the Southern Song Dynasty (A.D. 1127-1279), when it served as China's capital. Kept spotlessly clean by armies of street sweepers and litter collectors, Hangzhou's scenic vistas draw you into a classical Chinese watercolour of willow-lined banks, mist-covered hills and the occasional shíkùmén (stone-gate house) and old lilòng (residential lane). Away from the West Lake scenery, delve further into the city to climb ancient pagodas and discover blissfully quiet temples. Outside of the tourist attractions exists a charismatic and buzzing city in its own right, with wide pedestrian walkways to wander, an unpretentious and exciting food scene, upbeat nightlife and increasingly cosmopolitan population.

China is arguably the best country for a business student to study abroad. When it comes to economics, China has been the world's fastest growing country for the past 30 years. Even during the financial crisis, China's economic growth has maintained a level of 8%, a pace unthinkable in other countries. China's GDP recently surpassed Japan's to become the world's second largest economy after the United States. The world's top 500 companies all do business in China, with many choosing to base their Asia-Pacific headquarters in the bustling Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

The current rise of China has made it very clear that people who can speak Chinese and have firsthand experience of living in China are going to have a great advantage in terms of employment. China serves as a huge market for multinational corporations, and employers are well aware that a real understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese people is a big plus for those who want to become the world's next generation of leaders.

Student Life
There are as many as 143 students organizations all over the university, which serve to nurture the students' extra curricular interests and develop their abilities. More information can be found on ZJU's website at

Exchange students at ZJU can get involved in a number of on- and off-campus activities. For example, past exchange students have joined clubs that volunteer throughout the city Zhejiang (teaching English to elementary school students, etc.).  

Zhejiang University's School of Management has a buddy program where students from ZJU are matched with incoming exchange students during their study at the school. The buddy serves as a resource and guide for the exchange student. 

Academic Details 

Academic Calendar
The Fall semester runs September - December or January. The Spring semester runs February - late June or early July. Click here for a link to the ZJU Academic Calendar. 
Ranking and Rigor
Top 101 - 150 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 
Top 101 - 150 bracket in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject..
No data on level of difficulty compared to courses at Tulane. 

Business Courses
Students have access to English- and Chinese-taught courses at the Bachelor (undergraduate) level.  For a list of courses commonly offered at ZJU, please see the Sample English courses for undergraduates
Language Classes
Credit-bearing "Business Chinese" classes are open to all exchange students free of charge. 
Orientation and registration takes place 1-2 weeks before the beginning of classes and will acquaint you with ZJU and Chinese culture. In addition, you will receive important information regarding course selection, visa, residence permit, and adjusting to life in China.  
Academic Culture
Class formats vary. Lectures and case analyses are common. Student work is typically assessed on a combination of attendance, presentations, papers, projects and exams. Academics are taken serious. Class attendance is mandatory until the last day of classes. 

Teaching and learning styles in China may be somewhat different from what you are accustomed to at Freeman. Many professors use the teaching format of lecture only with little interaction between student and professor. As is the case in any institution, some professors are more creative/innovative than others and will do their best to make the classroom experience both interesting and stimulating. The Chinese classroom is usually a one-way street with the professor giving and the students receiving (this is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and tradition). Take up the challenge of this different classroom culture. Make it one of your goals to adapt and function successfully in a different environment. 

Expect language differences and difficulties. Many of the classes in which you enroll will be taught by Chinese professors who will use English as the medium of instruction. Remember that English is often not their first language and sometimes pronunciations and ease of communication is not as efficient as it might be if they were using their first language. The same is true for the local Chinese students. They will be communicating with you in English, their second/third language. You will need to be patient and flexible when it comes to communication. A helpful reminder: Suppose it were you attempting to express yourself in Chinese.

Final course grades are often based on class participation, projects, case analyses, mid-term and final exams (varies by class). 

Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
ZJU uses a 0-100 grading scale. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at ZJU. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.

China Grading Scale


Eligibility Requirements
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
  • complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
  • earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
  • be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.

Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.


Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. 

Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation. 

Secondary Application
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Secondary application requirements are explained on the School's factsheet. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline. 

Financial Details

Program Cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information. 


On-Campus Housing
Accommodation for exchange students will be automatically reserved. Exchange students will be arranged to stay on or near the university campus where their specialty College/Department is located. The approximate price of housing is 1500 RMB per person per month. Due to the limited number of the rooms on campus, usually two students have to share one room without the kitchen.

Exchange students are usually allowed to check in within three days before the date of registration.

Necessities include beddings, desk and bookshelf, air-conditioning, hot water supply, campus wired and wireless network.

For more information see the ZJU Housing Website at

Off-Campus Housing
International students who need to dwell off campus must submit the Application Form for Off-campus Dwelling and obtain the consent from the International College. Off-campus dwelling international students shall sign formal and legal lease contract with the owner. Within 24 hours after move-in, they must go to the local police station in the dwelling area for a residence registration. International students who change their off-campus dwelling places must go to International College for registration and apply for new residence registration within 24 hours after moving into new place. They must go to International College to have their contact information, such as address and mobile number recorded.

Off-campus dwelling international students can apply to China Telecom and China Netcom for network service.

Notice: Off-campus dwelling students should pay extra attention when signing contract with real estate agency company or landlord in order to avoid dispute. For inquires students can ask teachers from International College for help.

Notice: Off-campus dwelling international students who fail to go to the local police station in the dwelling area to apply for a residence registration will face to large fines.  

Helpful Links

Zhejiang University Fact Sheet.doc
ZJU International Student Website
Visa Information
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/05/2019 09/15/2019 TBA TBA