Study Abroad in Suzhou, China

Study Abroad in Suzhou: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Student Residence Hall

  • Single en-suite room in a 3 or 6-bedroom apartment
  • Shared living area

Meal Allowance

  • Meal allowance worth $800

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Suzhou

Student Residence Hall

AIFS students will live in accommodation near to campus. Apartments have either 3 or 6 single en-suite bedrooms with a shared living area and kitchen.

Meal Allowance

You will be given a meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries which students find a great help when managing their living costs in China. The meal allowance is intended for use in local restaurants and the University cafeteria or to purchase food to cook meals in the student residence. Students may opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee of $14,495.

Sports and Recreation Facilities

The University has its own sports facilities including tennis and basketball courts, a sports field and running track. Students also have access to the facilities in the Higher Education Town, which is shared with a large community of international students. These facilities include the Dushu Lake Sport Center (with gym, rock climbing and swimming pool), a cinema, and bowling alley. There are also a variety of shops and restaurants within the area.

University Facilities

The campus at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has expanded rapidly over the past few years, with 14 academic departments, four teaching centers, and excellent support and resource facilities all housed on the north campus. These include the Central Library and Information Center, state-of-the-art teaching, laboratory, research and support facilities.

The new facilities being developed on the South campus include teaching and research space for Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Industrial Design, Interdisciplinary Sciences, as well as an International Academic Exchange Center and an International Research Center. The campus will also include more world-class labs, studios and study space, as well as catering facilities and a central park area.

Cultural Activities

In addition to the excursions a program of social and cultural events will be included. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS and XJTLU staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Chinese life and culture. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • an introduction to Chinese painting and calligraphy
  • exploration of Suzhou’s famed gardens
  • Tai chi Show and Tea ceremony
  • Mahjong demonstration
  • an opportunity to stay with a Chinese family for the weekend to experience a taste of Chinese life
  • Winter Solstice Ceremony (Fall semester only)
  • Chinese cooking demonstrations
  • Museum and gallery visits

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some of the events offered.

AIFS in Suzhou Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS provides a dedicated Resident Director for this program who will assist students throughout their stay in China. Details and contact information will be posted on the AIFS website prior to the start of the semester.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.