Harbin Institute of Technology
The Harbin Institute of Technology was founded in 1920 with a focus on engineering, research and scientific studies as its core focuses, but has expanded to offer a multitude of disciplines including liberal arts studies, Chinese language and culture, economics, law and others. HIT currently provides students the opportunity to study in one of its 20 schools, and take courses from any of its 73 undergraduate degrees.
Students interested in studying at HIT should note that the International Student Center (ISC) provides support and resources for all students traveling abroad to Harbin. Those hoping to improve their language proficiency are encouraged to participate in long-term (semester) Chinese Language Programs, which immerse students in 20 hours per week of intensive speaking, writing, grammar and culture courses. The ISC also offers Campus Cultural Activities--city tours, excursions to the opera house and Sun Island, cooking classes and more--to all incoming international students.
The city of Harbin is the capital of the Heilongjiang Province, and has been designated as both the "Ice City of China" and a UNESCO City of Music. As to be expected, Harbin's winters are bitterly cold, but the city has used their icy weather to build one of China's foremost attractions: the nightly Ice and Snow Festival, the largest of its kind in the world. Students studying in Harbin during the spring semester should plan to explore the colorful ice palaces and sculptures produced by artists from countries across the globe, all lit from within with neon lights.
The same location which gives Harbin its icy traditions also gives it the unique Sino-Russian architecture and culture. There are few Chinese cities closer to Russia, and few places in the world where the two cultures have meshed so completely. Transport to major Russian destinations, and other Chinese cities is provided via the Trans-Manchurian Railway and direct passenger train services, respectively.