The SFU-ZU Dual Degree Program (DDP) in Computing Science is a unique five-year program developed by Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Zhejiang University (ZU, 中国浙江大学) in Hangzhou, China
This is a cohort-based program admitting up to 25 Computing Science students annually from SFU and ZU respectively.
Foundation Year at SFU
Building a strong foundation is the key to success. You will enrol in foundation mathematics and computing science courses along with other SFU students at the SFU campus in your first year.
Chinese language background is not a prerequisite for the Dual Degree Program! The curriculum consists of a series of progressive Mandarin courses to build your Mandarin proficiency. You are encouraged to join as long as you have a genuine interest in computing science and gaining an international experience.
Two Years Study Abroad at ZU
Following the foundation Year 1 at SFU, you will go to Hangzhou in the summer to complete the Immersion Mandarin Program offered by ZU International College. While improving your Mandarin, you will be fully immersed in the Chinese environment.
You will stay at ZU international residence during your studies in China to ensure you get the most out of campus life. It is a great opportunity to meet with local and international students from the two campuses - Yuquan and Zijingang campus. Language courses are taught in the Yuquan campus located close to downtown and the famous West Lake scenic attraction. Computing science and other academic courses are held in the new and spacious Zijingang campus.
Upper Division Years at SFU
After finishing courses at ZU, you and fellow DDP students from China will complete the remaining upper division requirements of the program at SFU. Upon completion of courses at both Universities, you will receive two degrees - a B.Sc. from SFU, and a Computer Engineering degree from ZU.
Co-operative Education is a great way to learn outside of the classroom; this is an option for DDP students. Through the SFU renowned co-op program, you will have the opportunity to complete three or more co-op work semesters. You will learn valuable skills which can be transferred from the classroom to the workplace. Employers who will need your knowledge and international experience could include a small Chinese company in Hangzhou, a multi-national company in Shanghai, or a variety of business, industry and government organizations - in Canada and around the world.