In the fall of 2013 students applied for the first time to the new program in China to spend an unforgettable summer in Asia in 2014. The new site of Hangzhou on China's east coast was chosen for its cultural diversity and the strong collaboration between sister cities Indianapolis and Hangzhou. Compared to all other programs the Chinese program offers a shorter stay of five weeks. Students benefit from a full cultural immersion through the integration in Chinese host families as well as a partial linguistic immersion. Students will be permitted to speak limited English to facilitate communication and linguistic growth.
Hangzhou's beginnings can be traced back seven-thousand years. Today, with more than six million citizens, Hangzhou is the fourth-largest metropolitan area nationwide. It is one of the main cities of the picturesque Yangtze River delta, about 110 miles south of Shanghai, and considered one of the most prosperous cities in China. Famous philosophers, writers and scientists have lived here. Many Chinese tourists visit Hangzhou for its natural beauty, especially the city's West Lake and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hangzhou also offers many historical sites, including pagodas and temples. Though the area encounters monsoon rains in June, temperatures average in the 70s and 80s.