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YES Program
Youth of Excellence Scheme of China (YES China)—Master Program is a high-level Master program with Chinese government scholarship, which is to promote the mutual understanding and friendship between China and other countries, and to provide education opportunities to the youths worldwide who enjoy good potentials in their career development.
Master of China Studies
The MCS Program is specially crafted to prepare graduates to work with China as a professional career or for further research in a doctoral degree in interrelated fields, with a solid foundation in Chinese language, society, culture, history, arts, and training in methodology on conducting fieldwork.
LEAP Global Summer Program
LEAP Global Summer Program focuses on " Learning Culture and Business in China”. The three main modules of the program are Chinese language, intercultural competence and Chinese business studies. The program provides students with the critical foundation they need through a combination of Chinese language courses, China-related academic modules, corporate visits, and cultural activities. By merging both classroom and experiential learning, students can gain a fundamental knowledge of both traditional and contemporary China, to better equip them with the skill to live and lead in a globally linked society.
Cultural Activities
Cultural activities are designed to foster intercultural communication skills and help students gain a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and society. We gives students access to a wealth of tools and opportunities that help them explore their potential as the leaders of tomorrow.
Career Development
We provide career development workshops, career development lectures, company visits, entrepreneurship boot camps, mock interview, etc. These initiatives are designed to assist students in shaping their career paths, acquiring the necessary skills for professional development, and also collaborating with partners within the ecosystem to offer internship opportunities in China.

The ideal experience learning and living in China

Institute of China studies (ICS), Zhejiang University, is the first institute granting Master's Degree in China Studies in Mainland China. ICS gets it all--fully English instruction, no linguistic barriers when absorbing knowledge; full scholarship and multiple research/practicum funds for academic programs; immersed, individualized, small scale Chinese linguistic instruction; inspiring faculties; dynamic international campus culture.


Immersive Tea Culture Experience with Tea Lovers
Dean BEN Joins Polimi SOM IAB & Leads Delegation to Italy
Meet China & Future: LEAP Summer School @ZIBS
Discover the amazing factory of Future Stitch 以“未来针迹”织就“袜届艺术品”
Notice of the Arrangements during the Summer Vacation on the International Campus
Immersive Tea Culture Experience with Tea Lovers

On December 8, Lecture Series of China Studies was held at Hai Club. The lecture invited Associate Professor Volker Heubel from the Department of Philosophy at Tongji University to lead international students in exploring Chinese tea culture in the context of Chinese aesthetics of living.

During the event, Volker Heubel first introduced the origins of Chinese tea culture, elaborating on the significance of tea culture to various social classes in ancient China by emphasizing the role of Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty in promoting it.


Volker Heubel also introduced the philosophical thoughts and connotations of Chinese aestheticians represented by LIN Yutang and JIANG Xun. He focused on LIN Yutang's "The Art of Living" and Jiang Xun's "Four Lectures on Taste," pointing out the importance of tea in Chinese aesthetics of living. From the perspective of human culture, tea has also made significant contributions to fostering friendships and social progress.


To provide students with a more immersive experience of tea culture, Volker Heubel elaborated on tea culture activities represented by Wuyi Mountain tea culture. He demonstrated the traditional Chinese tea preparation and brewing processes with exquisite tea sets. As students watched in silence, it was as if they had traveled back to ancient China, quietly appreciating the elegance of traditional Chinese tea culture. Tea served as a medium, tightly connecting people from different cultures and backgrounds.


In the interactive session, under Volker Heubel's guidance, students learned how to prepare and brew tea using traditional Chinese methods and also tasted high-quality teas and tea powders from various provinces in China.


Chinese tea culture has a long and profound history and is an integral part of the unique traditional culture of the Chinese nation. It is also a witness to the civilization that has developed in China over thousands of years. This lecture not only provided international students with a deeper understanding of Chinese tea culture and its philosophical underpinnings but also gave them the opportunity to personally prepare, make, and taste tea.

Dean BEN Joins Polimi SOM IAB & Leads Delegation to Italy

On November 21, ZIBS delegation visited the University of Turin and was warmly welcomed by the Director General of the University of Turin, Andrea Silvestri. BEN Shenglin, dean of ZIBS, gave a brief introduction of ZIBS and expressed the expectation of scaling up the cooperation with the University of Turin. The delegation also witnessed the graduation defense of some MCS students and participated in the alumni event for the 10th Anniversary of cooperation with the University of Turin. At the event, BEN Shenglin delivered a keynote speech, sharing ZIBS philosophy and story, and exchanged cooperation intentions with well-known Italian entrepreneurs.


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In the morning of November 22, ZIBS delegation visited the Italian headquarters of Collège des Ingénieurs and held a meeting with its director CEO Silvia Petocchi. Both sides agreed to cooperate in the future in the fields of talent training, research exchange, and short-term joint projects. At the same time, the delegation also visited OGR, an innovative co-working and art space transformed by Turin train maintenance center, exchanged experience in entrepreneurship incubation and ecological integration.

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In the afternoon of November 22, ZIBS delegation held a meeting with Marcella Costa, Vice Rector of the University of Turin. Both sides highly praised the solid foundation and fruitful results of the existing cooperation on the Master of China Studies Program and discussed the potential cooperation opportunities in academic research exchange, faculty exchange, language teaching, and European University Alliance, etc. Both sides decided to deepen the cooperation. After the meeting, BEN Shenglin exchanged gifts with Marcella and welcomed her to visit ZIBS in the near future.

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On November 22, ZIBS delegation officially launched the ZIBS China Studies Centre at the University of Turin, which will be the ZIBS office in Italy in the future. It is fully responsible for degree cooperation projects, non-degree cooperation projects, academic research exchanges, faculty exchanges, and alumni engagement with the University of Turin. Both sides will have regular mutual visits, forming a positive interaction mechanism. In the future, the centre will also serve as the contact hub for ZIBS in Italy and Europe and continue to expand cooperation with other European universities.

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On November 23, ZIBS delegation met with ZJU alumni association Italy branch and visited Tsinghua University Milan campus, listening to the overseas campus construction and operation experience.

On November 24, as the only Asian member of the International Advisory Board of Politecnico di Milano School of Management, BEN Shenglin attended the first meeting of the Board and discussed with other members on topics including how to remain attractive for international students in light of the current geo-political changes, How to support the growth of junior faculty and how can ZIBS build collaboration with the potential partners.

On November 24, BEN Shenglin was appointed as the member of International Advisory Borad at the Politecnico di Milano School of Management. He attended the first meeting of the International Advisory Board and discussed with other members on topics "How to remain attractive for international students in light of the current geo-political changes" and "How to support the growth of junior faculty."

By actively seeking global opportunities, ZIBS continues to expand its networks through international exchange, academic research, overseas centers, cultural exchange, etc. FANG Fan, Academic Director of Master of China Studies Program, and CHEN Danfeng, Program Manager of Master of China Studies Program, participated in the above activities of the delegation.

Meet China & Future: LEAP Summer School @ZIBS

On Aug. 27, a warm welcome event was held for all the participants of LEAP Global Summer Program. International students registered and checked in at the Residential College, received program welcome package, and moved into their dormitories. Students were already excited to embark on their summer learning journey at ZIBS.

On Aug. 28, the summer camp was officially launched. ZIBS Vice Dean QU Haidong and the faculty members and staff members of the program delivered an introduction on Zhejiang University International Campus and ZIBS, the curriculum of LEAP, and the notices of studying and living in China as well. Students are encouraged to carry out more cross-cultural exchanges, broaden their international horizons, and to gain an in-depth understanding of China's cultural and economic development. During the opening ceremony, students also expressed their sincere expectations for the courses and activities ahead and hoped to be able to exchange cultures, share knowledge, and promote friendship with students from different countries and different backgrounds.

Starting on Aug. 28, LEAP provided students with a series of courses and cultural experience activities.In the Chinese language classroom, the vibrant atmosphere and various language-immersive activities aroused students' strong interest in learning Chinese. They basically acquired the necessary communication vocabulary and skills through the intensive language learning program.

In addition to language courses, a series of courses and cultural experience activities related to Chinese culture and business were also conducted, covering a variety of topics such as Chinese traditional aesthetics of living, Chinese tea culture, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese media, China's fintech development, and cross-cultural communication. In the Chinese calligraphy experience activity, students and Prof. ZHENG Rui from the School of International Studies at Zhejiang University jointly created calligraphic works in different languages.

In order to further enrich the students' local experience, abundant enterprise visits and cultural visits were also carried out. Students visited PROYA’s headquarters in Hangzhou, and learnt about the internationalization strategy of this domestic first-tier cosmetic brand in the international market. Students also visited Liangzhu Museum and deepened their understanding of Chinese culture while appreciating the historical and cultural heritage of China's 5,000 years of civilization. Students also watched the live performance of Songcheng Show, and got a more solid understanding of the culture of the Song dynasty, Zhejiang, and China.

On Sept. 8, LEAP Global Summer Program was officially closed. Students made a wrap-up presentation on what they had learned during the past two weeks, covering Chinese culture, language, FinTech development, etc. The presentation was diverse and fully demonstrated the students' learning results from the program. Students were awarded the program completion certificate based on their excellent contribution and performance.


Discover the amazing factory of Future Stitch 以“未来针迹”织就“袜届艺术品”

Egor Gnutov (张天有)

GCM 2021

Today we visited a Future Stitch socks factory, founded in 2017. The building itself looks very modern from the outside. It also looks good indoors. They even have a small art gallery with some interesting paintings and a huge, 4-story-high mural. 

I was also fascinated by the production process. I’ve never been to a socks factory before, so it was very interesting for me personally to know how they are made. Another noticeable point about this company is that their design is very good. When we went to the exhibition hall, I saw a lot of cool, stylish and sometimes hilarious socks designs. 

Overall, I think this trip was a lot of fun. I hope University will organize more of that kind of activities in the future.

Kylie Gabrielle Bono  (莫开丽)

GCM 2022

Stance gave me a great impression and inspiration of how a great showroom, office, and factory should be managed. Not only the high quality of products, but their energetic vibes and philosophy make everything special.

Kristina Ponamareva

GCM 2022

The thing that surprised me the most is the quality of the socks. I have never seen such high quality socks. Each of the products of Stance is unique and I am happy that we were given a chance to see them!

Punyisa Sittikarnthai  (徐秋月)

GCM 2022

It is a great honor for me to visit Stance, because this is a well-known company that manufactures high-quality socks that are appropriate for all types of sports, as well as for casual attire. The socks are so precisely detailed that we can clearly see a person's face's features. Additionally, the factory and buildings have incredibly impressive exterior and interior designs that are highly distinctive. Furthermore, they value the emotional and physical well-being of their employees and offer facilities like a basketball court and a fitness center so that they can feel more at ease and prepared for work.


Notice of the Arrangements during the Summer Vacation on the International Campus

I. Information for students

1. The summer vacation for undergraduate students is from June 6th to September 9th, while the summer vacation for graduate students is implemented according to the school notice.

2. Registration, opening ceremony and orientation education for international students shall be carried out in accordance with International College’s notice.

3. Sophomore, junior and senior registration, graduate students’ registration will be arranged on September 11. The fall-winter semester begins on September 12.

II. Campus Services

1.Library: During the summer vacation, the library will open from 8:30-17:00 on Monday to Friday and closed on weekends. Contact number is 87572288.

2.IT services: The service hours are 8:30-17:00 on Monday to Sunday. IT HelpDesk will be moved to Campus Service Hub when Library is closed. Service hotline is 87572669.

3.Dining services: From July 5, only the restaurant on the 1F will open and 2F will be temporarily closed. Service hours are 7:30-9:30 for the breakfast, 11:30-13:00 for the lunch and 16:30-18:30 for the dinner. The normal service time will be resume from September 3. 
From June 27, the midnight diner will be closed temporarily. From August 20 when 2022 freshmen enroll and attend beginning education, restaurant open hours of restaurant are subject to availability.

4.Shuttle bus: The shuttle bus between Yuquan Campus and Haining International Campus (via Zijingang Campus) is arranged every morning and evening on weekdays, with the departure time of Yuquan Campus at 7:00 and 16:40, and that of Haining International Campus at 7:00 and 16:40. The International Campus – Hangzhou & Haining Intercity Rail Station shuttle bus is suspended. For specific information, please check the campus operation and service website ( or the Wechat account International Campus Operation Center for more information.

5.Campus Service Hub: Open normally. Service hours are 8:30-17:00 every day. Service number is 87572114.

6.Postal services: Available normally. Service hours are 8:30-17:00 every day. Service number is 87572233.

7.Campus Hospital: Service hours are 8:00-17:00 every day. For medical attention at other times, you can call the emergency duty number 87572120.

8.Gymnasium: Open normally. Open hours are 13:00-21:00.

    Key Note

    Since 2008, the Master of China Studies Program has granted a master’s degree to more than 450 students from 50+ countries. In addition, our program has signed a partnership with more than 25 universities all over the world, including the University of Oxford, UCLA, Free University of Berlin and etc.

  • Maddalena Binda, Italy

    I decided to apply for the MCS program because of the large variety of courses related to Chinese contemporary society, as it also builds up on my undergraduate program which focused on Chinese history.

  • Maria Gpe. Bojorquez-Gomez, USA

    As a two-year MCS student, I benefit from the resources and attention of the university for my academic and personal growth. During my time in the China Studies Program, I have learned immensely about China, particularly about Chinese history. Not only have our professors exposed us to various Chinese ways of life during class excursions, but the MCS has also taken measures to assure our understanding of China through lectures and regional trips. The weekly Chinese language courses and MCS library have also deepened my personal understanding of Chinese culture. I look forward to continue my studies with the support of the university throughout my thesis research and internship experience. 

  • Marian Slocum, Italy

    The MCS program has provided me with an invaluable multifaceted learning experience in an incredibly dynamic environment. The program provides numerous opportunities to explore China in and out of the classroom by organizing field trips that allow us to experience what we've been studying. My favorite trip was for a class called "In the Process of Modernization: Local Society in Modern China", where we discussed different aspects of how rapid development has effected smaller cities and towns across China. The professor of the course took us to her hometown, outside of Hangzhou, and we had the opportunity to interview local government officials and learn about their plans for future development of the city including how they plan to address environmental concerns of residents and tackle the various consequences of rapid industrialization.

  • Harry Pollard, UK

    I'm Harry from the UK and I applied to study the MCS program at Zhejiang University because after completing my bachelor's degree in Chinese Studies I wanted to continue my studies in China. The MCS program seemed like the perfect opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification and improve my Chinese language in an academic environment which will both hopefully help me secure a job in China.

  • Jorg. Hoefer, Germany

    During my two years studies on the MCS program, I had the unique opportunity to meet brilliant people with many different cultural backgrounds but one thing in common-the enthusiasm for China. While the inter-disciplinary curriculum is focused on providing an understanding of China's history, culture, economics and language, the MCS program supports you in exploring China first-hand and directly apply what you have learned.

  • Petrus Pajunen, Finland

    I am 24-year-old university student from Finland, majoring Automation and Systems Technology. I visited in ZJU for a student exchange program at Autumn semester 2016 and now my master studies are almost completed. I learned facts about China and of course improved my language skills. Moreover, my experience about living and studying in Chinese University will be valuable because my future work is closely related to Chinese companies. Besides studying and hectic working life, I especially enjoy jogging in mystic forests, doing parkour in city centrum and smiling to foreigners I meet at streets.

  • Brian Lee, USA

    "The MCS program is unique both in its broad scope and its approach to the China Studies field. Instead of being based on Euro-American academic models, the program constantly challenges students to engage with China on the local level. I'm grateful for the scholarship opportunities to do hands-on research and collaborate with scholars from around the world. I'm especially appreciative of the personal and professional relationships cultivated with the greater MCS community. The continued investment of resources means that the MCS program will continue to evolve at an impressive rate. As an alumnus, I look forward to future development a creative and innovative program."

  • Patricio Giusto Argentina, Agentina

    The China Studies Program is like a bridge between China and foreign countries, opening an important window to China for many foreigners. Joining MCS program was a key turning point in my life. Through the program, I am able to advise multinational companies on Sino-American and Sino-Argentine relations. This unique learning experience at MCS program has opened the door to abundant opportunities for me.

  • Hui Ping, Singapore

    The MCS program represents a unique opportunity to engage with the past, present and future of the Chinese experience. The spread of courses within the MCS program challenges your earlier conceptions about the country from various aspects, equipping you with the soft and hard knowledge to interact with the Chinese society at large. The international endowment of the program also creates a dynamic classroom with people from diverse educational backgrounds, united by the common goal to learn Chinese and understand China.