This series of photos records the daily life of a group of overseas students studying in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Many of them will travel in China when their one-year stay in Hangzhou ends this summer and most regard their time spent in China as the experience of a lifetime.

Giada, 23 and Laura, 24, both students from Italy, soak up some rays on the roof of their apartment building near Zhejiang University.[Photo/Sina.com]

Giada, 23 and Laura, 24, both students from Italy, soak up some rays on the roof of their apartment building near Zhejiang University.

 

Fernando (L), a Spanish aerospace engineer, chats with his friend over coffee on campus at Zhejiang University. Commenting on the difficulty involved in learning Chinese, he said: “Many times I really want to die when I learn Chinese.”

Fernando (L), a Spanish aerospace engineer, chats with his friend over coffee on campus at Zhejiang University. Commenting on the difficulty involved in learning Chinese, he said: “Many times I really want to die when I learn Chinese.”

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Hangzhou’s foreign student population frequently hold parties in pubs where they enjoy mingling, chatting, singing, dancing, and drinking together.

Hangzhou‘s foreign student population frequently hold parties in pubs where they enjoy mingling, chatting, singing, dancing, and drinking together.

 

Merrill from Italy (R) and her friend Laura get some shopping done at a small market in Hangzhou.

Merrill from Italy (R) and her friend Laura get some shopping done at a small market in Hangzhou.

 

Natasha from Ukraine likes shopping online on Taobao.com, one of China’s most famous shopping websites, and loves using coupons to buy delicious Chinese food. Pink is her favorite color.

Natasha from Ukraine likes shopping online on Taobao.com, one of China’s most famous shopping websites, and loves using coupons to buy delicious Chinese food. Pink is her favorite color.

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24-year-old Roberta from Italy can speak many languages, including English, French and Spanish; however she finds Chinese especially challenging and has found a Chinese tutor to help her prepare for the HSK test.

24-year-old Roberta from Italy can speak many languages, including English, French and Spanish; however she finds Chinese especially challenging and has found a Chinese tutor to help her prepare for the HSK test.

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Hera (L2) from America and other foreign students observe a procedure during their internship at a hospital in Hangzhou.

Hera (L2) from America and other foreign students observe a procedure during their internship at a hospital in Hangzhou.

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23-year-old Italian Blue orders lunch in a campus restaurant in Zhejiang University. The restaurant offers an English menu with pictures for the convenience of foreign students.

23-year-old Italian Blue orders lunch in a campus restaurant in Zhejiang University. The restaurant offers an English menu with pictures for the convenience of foreign students.

 

Foreign students tuck into some traditional Chinese food.

Foreign students tuck into some traditional Chinese food.

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Zhejiang University holds a New Year dinner party for foreign students at the end of every year.

Zhejiang University holds a New Year dinner party for foreign students at the end of every year.

 

About Zhejiang University

Zhejiang University is a key comprehensive university with all fields of study. Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University was initially known as “Qiushi Shuyuan” (Qiushi Academy), one of the earliest modern academies of higher learning established in China. Zhejiang University encourages all its faculty members and students to follow the spirit of “pursuing the truth, being rigorous and earnest, exerting oneself for never-ending progress, and pioneering new trails”. It makes every effort to build itself into an institution on a par with the first-class university in the world.

 

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