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Hampshire in China

  Application Deadlines
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  Spring 2014 Program
Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall 2014 Program
Thursday, March 6, 2014
  Choosing China
  Students discuss choosing Chinese studies and their experiences studying abroad in China.  Read the article.
  Blogging from China
  Read students' blogs and view their photoblogs while they study in China.  Visit GEO's Blogs from the Field.

Program Availability: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, and Summer

Hampshire College offers a unique exchange program with the Anhui Agricultural University (AAU) located in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province.

This program provides up to six upper-level Hampshire students with the opportunity to study in Anhui. While there, students participate in an intensive language program in Mandarin Chinese; take part in community activities such as language exchange, Chinese art, and cooking; and pursue independent projects with faculty members for the two institutions. Students are able to choose from a wide range of subjects offered at the institution.

As part of the exchange, Hampshire hosts two scholars from AAU throughout the academic year. While on campus, these scholars are valuable assets in assisting Hampshire students develop Chinese language skills and a cultural understanding of China.

Hampshire also has a summer intensive Chinese program in Hefei. Click here to view a PDF with more information about this program.  

Anhui Campus
Anhui Campus


Each student studies Chinese language for 12-15 hours per week, the equivalent of two intensive Chinese semester classes. Classes are tutorial or, when possible, 2-3 students who are at the same level. AAU assigns teachers from their Chinese language department to teach these classes. Many of these teachers have experience teaching Chinese to Hampshire students; some of them are certified to teach Chinese as a second language. All are familiar with the language materials used at Hampshire College and the Five Colleges.

Each student plans an independent study project. AAU assigns faculty in a related area to teach, arrange, and supervise the project. This project is equivalent to a semester-long learning activity. It will result in a project paper or other documentation by the student. Students may also undertake a community service activity. This activity is supervised and evaluated by an AAU faculty member.

All students are assigned an AAU student guide to help them learn the ropes at AAU and to learn how to take care of daily needs and activities in Hefei, such as shopping, using public transportation, locating internet and phone services, etc. These student guides will also help students organize recreation and local outings.

The semester after being in Hefei, the student will participate in a project workshop (SS 299: China Project Workshop) to write up research notes, do further research, and produce a polished finished product based on the independent project carried out in Hefei. This final project will be presented to the workshop group.

Hefei Market
Shopping in the Hefei Market

This exchange program is open to qualified students who are in good academic and behavioral standing. Prior to acceptance into the semester-long program, students are required to have a certain level of Chinese language proficiency in order to conduct research. In addition, students should have basic background knowledge of contemporary China.

Students can find application materials and apply online using Hampshire's GlObal Experiences System (HampGOES). See below for links to HampGOES, helpful application instructions, and exchange information and tips:

Prospective applicants are advised to meet with the GEO program advisor before submitting an application. Students should also review the general application instructions and procedures for Hampshire Exchange Programs.

Katie Irwin


Kay Johnson
Professor of Asian Studies
School of Critical Social Inquiry


Kay Johnson
(contact information above)

Kimberly Chang
Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology
School of Critical Social Inquiry


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