Signs and cars on the street in China

Hampshire in China

*This program is currently suspended*

Program Summary

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.  

Anhui Agricultural University
Anhui Campus

Hefei Semester Program at AAU: Curriculum and Activities

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.


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.

Hefei Market
Shopping in the Hefei Market

Program Costs

Hampshire Exchange Fees and Financial Aid provides detailed information on the fee policy, withdrawal policy, and how financial aid may apply.

  • Tuition Fees: Paid to Hampshire
  • Housing Fees: Covered by tuition
  • Other expenses: Students are responsible for the cost of meals; passport and visa fees; international and local transportation including airfare; books and supplies; international health insurance; and personal expenses. Students will receive a travel stipend to offset airfare costs.

Need additional funding? Learn more about the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship Program.


The Hampshire Exchange program at Anhui Agricultural University is open to division II and first semester division III Hampshire College students.

Review detailed information on eligibility requirements and policies in the Hampshire College Handbook under Exchange, Field Study, and Short-term Field Courses.

How to Apply


  1. Meet with the GEO: Students are required to meet with the GEO program manager for this exchange program before submitting an application.
    • Schedule an appointment with Katie Irwin online, via phone, 413.559.5542, or by coming in person to the office in Merrill Student Life Bldg. 
  2. Review Applying to a Hampshire Exchange Program: Includes deadlines, application instructions, requirements, and procedures.
  3. Apply now: Students apply online through HampGOES (Hampshire's Global Experience System).


Contact the GEO program manager:

Katie Irwin

Faculty Director

Kay Johnson
Professor of Asian Studies
School of Critical Social Inquiry

Area Specialists

Kay Johnson
(contact information above)

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

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 created while they studied in China. Visit GEO's Blogs from the Field.

Stay In Touch
With The Global Education Office (GEO)
Snail Mail
Global Education Office
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002