Westlake University is a new type of high-quality research-oriented university based in the historic Chinese city of Hangzhou - a stunning city well-known throughout Asia for its long history, rich culture, fine arts, and beautiful scenery. Our university was founded by prominent globally respected scientists and scholars. We are quickly becoming a leading university for science, engineering, and innovation. At Westlake, we emphasize academic freedom, research excellence, interdisciplinary engagement, and international collaboration. We are committed to building a truly international, world-class, research-oriented university.

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📚About the Program

Non-degree in Summer Research Internship Program at Westlake University

Westlake University’s Summer Graduate Research Internship is a highly competitive research-oriented program that provides international master’s degree students, or international researchers who have previously completed a master’s degree program,an opportunity to work alongside internationally respectedfaculty on cutting-edge research in the science, engineering, and technology fields. 

Program Information:

  • The Summer Graduate Research Internship is a 4-week program that lasts from mid-July to mid-August 2023. 
  • Interns who are accepted into the program will have the chance to work directly with Westlake’s well-known faculty on doctoral-level research.
  • Internships are available for 87 different research projects located in 61 different world-class laboratories or research centers.
  • Internship research areas are housed by the School of Life Sciences, the School of Science, and the School of Engineering.
  • Research topics in the program are wide ranging and applicants are encouraged to apply to research that closely aligns with their personal, professional, and academic goals.

            Click on the links below for more information about each internship opportunity, research areas, and the faculty who are hosting the opportunity:

Program Fees & Financial Assistance:

Westlake is committed to reducing financial barriers for their students and programs. The following program costs have been reduced to ¥0 for the 2023 year:

  • Application Fee = ¥0
  • Program Fee = ¥0
  • On-campus Housing = ¥0

Note: However, interns are responsible for their own travel costs to and from Westlake University. Interns are also responsible for their food costs for the duration of the program. On-campus dining for 4-weeks is approximately ¥500RMB to ¥1,500RMB.

Westlake’s Summer Research Internship Focuses on Professional Development

Work with leading international researchers. Gain firsthand experience and exposure to the cutting-edge research being conducted at Westlake University.

  • Gain valuable experience and skills in your chosen field. Apply theoretical knowledge to real-world problems, learn new interdisciplinary research techniques, and develop cutting-edge knowledge that is shaping the future of science and technology.
  • Enhance your intercultural communication skills. Summer Research Internships are conducted completely in English. However, you will be joining an international campus and a diverse research laboratory at Westlake University. This intercultural experience provides a great environment to work on intercultural communication skills while doing research in China. In addition, at Westlake Chinese and English are both primary working languages. There will be opportunities to practice Chinese language skills on campus or while traveling to destinations in beautiful Hangzhou.
  • Build professional networks and connections. Networking with other researchers and professionals in your field could lead to future research collaborations, career opportunities, or further academic pursuits.
  • Improve future job and academic prospects. The Summer Research Internship program can enhance your resume and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

How to Apply


  • a valid passport
  • a current master’s student or recent graduate of a master’s program

Application Documents 

  • A photocopy of your passport
  • A Personal Statement of approximately 1,000 words, written in English.  The personal statement should include an explanation of motivations for doing a research project at Westlake, the reasons why you would like to do research in the laboratory you are applying to, and which Westlake faculty you would like to intern with. Your personal statement should also outline how doing an internship at Westlake will help you with your personal, professional, or academic goals
  • All transcripts (original or notarized copy in English or Chinese language) showing your studies for bachelor’s degree and master’s degree (Note: Westlake accepts unofficial transcripts for this program)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Academic research achievements
  • Certificates of awards for extracurricular scientific and technological activities

*** Important Note: to apply to this program submit all application materials as one PDF file.

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🏫About Westlake University

Join Inspiring People

At Westlake University, you will learn from and be mentored by their world-class faculty. Over 95% of our professors hail from top-notch universities including MIT, Caltech, UC Berkeley, and Stanford. In addition, all our senior leadership have studied and/or held positions at distinguished institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, UIUC, and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden). You will work and collaborate with these brilliant scientists and engineers changing their world. You will also be surrounded by enthusiastic fellow students who seek challenges in academics, personal growth, and cultural adventures. At Westlake, you will make lifelong friends and connect with future leaders.

A Community for Future Leaders

Westlake University is an intimate, supportive, and diverse community. Different interests and causes are represented by multiple types of student groups, allowing individuals to explore, create, and lead in their own ways. We hope to facilitate an engaging, exciting, and inspiring student life experience for all.

Westlake University Campus

Our beautiful campus was designed by renowned German firm HENN GmbH and is one of the most sustainable and multi-functional campuses in the world. Our campus boasts 300 state-of-the-art independent laboratories, 13 innovation platforms, and six shared research facilities. Our main campus is in the heart of an expanding university town, between a major technology hub and ancient historical ruins, tea plantations, and Westlake UNESCO world heritage site.

"Go International, Go Abroad"


Westlake university’s goal is to recruit 50% domestic and 50% international students to all undergraduate programs to create a truly international study environment.

Our PhD programs recruit students from top global masters’ programs.


In addition to your international experience in China, all undergraduate students are required to spend a semester or full academic year at one of their 19 partner universities abroad. We have established study abroad programs with leading universities in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia including UC Berkeley, Cornell University, University of Edinburgh, UC San Diego, Monash University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and many more.

PhD students are encouraged to study in short-term programs abroad or to present their research at international academic research conferences and forums. There are ample funding opportunities for graduate international experiences.

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🏠 Accommodation

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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$0 USD

Tuition fee:

0 CNY per week

0 CNY in total

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied a degree in English before
- Can demonstrate a high level of English
- Having an English certificate such as IELTS level 6 or TOEFL 95 and above is an advantage.

Minimum education level: Master's

All students from all countries are eligible to apply to this program.

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

Application step 1

Application step 2

Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • Certificate of Awards for Extracurricular Scientific and Technological Activities
  • Academic Research Achievements
  • English Language Certificate
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Personal Statement Letter or Study Plan
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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