Zhejiang University

People's Republic of China

Language of instruction


Located in the historical and picturesque city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang University is a prestigious institution of higher education with a long history. It is ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. The University’s predecessor was founded in 1897 and was one of the earliest modern academies of higher learning established in China.

Zhejiang University’s campus occupies lands of sweeping natural beauty surrounding the West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, and is less than three hours’ drive from Shanghai. The city of Hangzhou is one of China’s most enduringly popular holiday spots.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring & Summer Semester February–July
Semester 2 Autumn & Winter Semester September–January

View the ZJU academic calendar.


ZJU has 3 campuses available to exchange students:

  • Yuquan
  • Zijianggang
  • Huajiachi

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

20–25 credits per semester (1 credit at ZJU is equivalent to 16 teaching hours) at ZJU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

The intensive Chinese Language and Culture Program courses require 20 teaching hours per week to equate a full-time study load.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at ZJU.

You must have Chinese proficiency of at least HSK Level 4 to study at ZJU, as the majority of courses are taught in Chinese.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Please refer to "Additional academic information" for ZJU course information.

Study areas taught in English


Course restrictions

Mainstream courses at ZJU are taught in Chinese, requiring students to have at least HSK Level 4 or above.

A selection of courses at ZJU are taught in English, however, not enough for a full-time study load in a single discipline. These courses could be suited to exchange students with multiple general electives available.

Chinese language and culture courses are always taught on Yuquan campus while the major courses are taught on different campuses (including Yuquan campus).

ZJU doesn't accept exchange applications from Chinese citizens (including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao).

Additional academic information

Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Program (18 weeks, 20 teaching hours per week) availabe at ZJU: 

  • Courses available at Elementary (Grade 1-3), Intermediate (Grade 4-5), and Advanced (Grade 6-7) levels. 
  • Electives including Chinese Calligraphy, Study of Chinese Chracters, Chinese Culture, Chinese Economy etc.
  • Course profiles for Listening, Writing, Reading (intensive), Reading (extensive), and Spoken.

Undergraduate courses in English (including brief course info) available.

ZJU College of Computer Science and Technology has English taught courses available (but may not enough for a full-time study load). 


Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Zhejiang University offers various on-campus housing options to exchange students. You can choose between general student dormitories or ones specifically for international students, residence halls, student villages, youth centres, or to find off-campus private accommodation.

Cost of living

Hangzhou is a relatively affordable place to live. Guides are available to help you understand the average cost of living in Hangzhou and prepare your finances for your exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

You may be able to apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship to study at ZJU.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

The Chinese government requires international students to purchase health insurance through their host institution. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the Chinese Embassy and Consulates for visa and immigration information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.