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School in China: Hangzhou

Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou, China

Program sponsor: C.V. Starr-Middlebury Schools Abroad

Yellow Mountain in China

In Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province and known as the Garden City for the unusual quantity and quality of its parks and greenery, the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China program is designed for the specific needs of high intermediate and advanced Chinese language students. The program's primary goal is to increase Chinese language competency in reading, writing, speaking and listening, so all courses are conducted entirely in Chinese. Students interested in working in China after graduation have the opportunity to participate in Middlebury alumni networking and events in Shanghai.

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Program Requirements


1 year or the equivalent of college-level Chinese, with a B average and recent courses in the language.

Beginning Fall 2020, students must have the equivalent of 2 years of college-level Chinese.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Term notes

Students are required to attend January term in addition to spring semester; spring alone is not an option for Northwestern students.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Self-catered, double-occupancy rooms in a dormitory with a Chinese university student.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $26,955

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $17,395
  • Program fee: $3,675
    (includes housing, orientation, books, and insurance)
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $23,870

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,150
  • Airfare: $1,850
  • Personal expenses: $85

Total: $3,085

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Middlebury School in China program in Hangzhou, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your Hangzhou comprehensive program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice for your program's tuition or your room/board abroad.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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