Global Education

Hangzhou Normal University

An HPU Exchange Program
Hangzhou, China

Poster_HangzhouNormalUniversityHangzhou Normal University was formerly known as Hangzhou Teachers College, which was founded in 1978, but the forerunner of the university can be traced back to the Zhejiang 2-level Normal School established in 1908. In March of 2007, it was authorized by the State Educational Ministry to change its name into Hangzhou Normal University (HNU). The university is located in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province, which is reputed as a renowned city of historical and cultural heritage and “the Best Tourism City” in China. Hangzhou has a subtropical monsoon type climate with four quite distinct seasons. However, it is neither too hot in summer nor too cold in winter making it a year-round destination.

Hangzhou Normal University currently has three other locations which include Cangqian, Xiasha, and Gudangwan who all work together to make education for international students a priority. Around 2,000 international students from 42 countries all over the world have been in registrations for programs offered by the university.

Hangzhou Normal University has been developing on the strong foundation of excellence in education, research, and service, and producing numerous first-rate teachers, educators, scientists, and other professionals at different levels.

Top 3 Reasons to Study Here:

  1. Hangzhou is one of the country’s most renowned and prosperous cities also known as “Paradise on Earth.”
  2. Hangzhou is listed at the top of the few happiest cities in China.
  3. Hangzhou Normal University is listed as the best place to study Chinese in China.


Quick Facts

Location: Hangzhou, China (population: 8.8 million)

University: Hangzhou Normal University (students:18,000)

Terms available: 

Minimum application requirements:  2.75 GPA and Sophomore status

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa information: See the Embassy of China’s visa page for detailed information.


Academic Program

While Hangzhou Normal University was founded as a teacher training school with a history of over 100 years of producing first-rate teachers and educators, the university has now become a comprehensive institution of higher education with a full spectrum of disciplines, covering such areas as arts and sciences, humanities, education, music, engineering, information technology, business, law, medicine, and nursing. The university currently offers about 69 undergraduate programs.


English Taught Programs

While many programs are taught in Chinese, Hangzhou Normal University offers undergraduate programs with courses taught in English in the following disciplines:

  • Computer Science and Technology. Core courses include: Discrete Mathematics, Principles of Circuits, Programming Fundamentals, Object-Oriented Programming, Computer Principles, Data Structure, Algorithm Analysis and Design, Database Principles, Operating System, Computer Networks, and Software Engineering.
  • International Economics and Trade. Core courses include: Principles of Microeconomics, Statistics for Business and Economics, Principles of Accounting, Principles of Macroeconomics, Transition and Development of Chinese Economy, Principles of Management, Principles of Finance, International Trade, International Trade Practice, Quantitative Research Method, International Trade Law, Chinese Economic Law, International Marketing, International Service Trade.
  • Finance. Core courses include: Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Finance, Principles of Accounting, Securities Investment, Principles of Management, Financial Markets, Investment, Statistics for Business and Economics, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics, Quantitative Research Method, Financial Mathematics, International Finance, Financial Engineering, Designing and Pricing of Financial Derivatives, Financial Risk Management, Analysis of Financial Time Series.
  • Computer Application Technology. Core courses include: Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms, Advanced Computer Network, Database Management Technology, Object-Oriented Programming, Web Advanced Programming Techniques, Mobile Development Technology, Image Processing and Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Applied Cryptography and Network Security, Embedded System and Design.


Chinese Language & Culture

International students also can study Chinese & Culture. Note: the following courses are taught in Chinese.

Language courses include: Comprehensive Chinese, Spoken Chinese, Chinese Listening, Chinese Writing, Chinese Reading, Modern Chinese, Modern and Contemporary Literature, Ancient Chinese and Literature, Comprehensive Business Chinese, Oral Business Chinese, Written Business Chinese, Business Chinese Video-Aural-Oral, Business News Reading,

Culture courses include: Brief Introduction of China, Chinese Folklore, Chinese Culture, Chinese History, Chinese Kungfu, Chinese Calligraphy, Traditional Chinese Painting, Chinese Folk Song.


Download the list of English-taught programs offered at Hangzhou Normal University.


Credit Transfer

For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.


For More Information…

For more information, visit Hangzhou Normal University’s website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.

Office of Global Education

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Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
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