China Program

China Program Students and Professor at the Forbidden City


Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in cooperation with one of the most prestigious universities in China, Zhejiang University, presents a three week, ABA approved, International and Comparative Law Study Abroad Program in Hangzhou, China.

Classes are held in the mornings only, Monday through Friday, in the Zhejiang University Guanghua College of Law. This is the tenth year of this exceptional program located in one of the most beautiful cities in China and near the famous West Lake. Zhejiang University Guanghua College of Law offers an ideal environment for learning international and comparative law. The China Program is designed to encourage students to experience international law in an international setting, to exchange ideas with students from a different land, and to explore cultural differences that influence international business and legal transactions.


Hangzhou is located in Southeast China, less than one hour (l50 kilometers) away from Shanghai, the famous, bustling metropolis that is well-known for its shopping and business opportunities. Visitors to China invariably comment about the extraordinary beauty of Hangzhou. Marco Polo, the noted Italian traveler in the l3th century, described Hangzhou as “the most beautiful and luxurious city in the world.”

Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province and is full of history, art and tourist attractions. Hangzhou is a scenic delight dominated by the famous West Lake – a favorite spot for honeymooners and romantics. West Lake is a classic example of a traditional Chinese landscape. The lake is lush with natural beauty, elegance and harmony associated with the Chinese culture. West Lake offers luxuriant weeping willows, serenely scented temples and pagodas, art treasures, and numerous ideal spots for relaxation.