In August 2013, the Chinese International School (CIS) launched a one-year academic and residential program of the highest caliber in Hangzhou, China. The program is the first of its kind. CIS Hangzhou invites Year 10/Grade 9 (14-15 year old) students to spend a year immersed in Chinese culture and language, while continuing their education in English under the framework of the internationally recognized IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP). CIS Hangzhou is located on the campus of our partner school, the Greentown Yuhua School (GYS), a leading private school in Zhejiang province. Sharing a campus with Chinese peers will provide international students at CIS Hangzhou with meaningful opportunities for exchange and friendship. Built on four pillars: China, Challenge, Character and Communities, CIS Hangzhou is all about self-development in its broadest and most meaningful sense. We take students away from the remote classroom world and immerse them in the real one. Through this exciting journey our students gain not only valuable foreign experience, but also confidence, maturity and a wider exposure to life.