Hangzhou CIS is a unique residential programme for Year 10 students.


In August 2013, CIS launched a one-year academic and residential programme of the highest calibre in Hangzhou, China.

This is the first programme of its kind.

Hangzhou CIS invites students in Year 10/Grade 9 (14-15 years old) to spend a year immersed in Chinese culture and language, while continuing their education in English within the framework of the internationally recognised IB Middle Years Programme (IBMYP).

Hangzhou CIS is located on the campus of our partner school, Greentown Yuhua School (GYS), a leading private school in Zhejiang Province. Sharing a campus with Chinese peers provides Hangzhou CIS students with a range of opportunities for exchange and friendship.

Students step out of their familiar school world into a residential and academic setting that demands that they question and articulate for themselves such concepts as "foreign", "home" and "self". Through this exciting journey, students gain valuable exposure, confidence and maturity while building profound relationships with peers and mentors.

Hangzhou CIS has been crafted to be an intensive year-long journey of discovery. The program is built on the four pillars of China, Challenge, Character and Communities.

The "One +" Advantage

At Hangzhou CIS, students achieve so much in a single year, we describe their time as "one plus".

Students spend considerably more time with teachers, friends and their Chinese hosts than is possible in a day school. Lively debates continue long after classes are done. The sharing of ideas and solving of problems extends into dorm rooms and weekends.

We believe that this intensive dose of a seven-day-a-week learning environment is such a continual challenge to the mind that it fundamentally changes student preconceptions about the world they live in at a critical point in their maturation.

More than any formal curriculum, what is achieved is a lasting intellectual impact.

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HZ CIS on Moongate Access to Dorm Lists, Directories, etc. for enrolled families.


International SOS has commended HZ CIS for promoting "self-awareness, emotional resilience and mental wellbeing of students."

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Hangzhou CIS

c/o Greentown Yuhua School
532 Wenyi West Road
Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province
310012 China


Within Hong Kong,
dial 3179-6500

Tel: (86 571) 8977-5580
Fax: (86 571) 8977-5578
Email: cishz_info@cis.edu.hk