Master in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Global Leadership
Start Date: September
2 years

Launched in 2017, PIEGL is a two-year program taught in English to cohorts composed of international students from universities worldwide. The program is academically rigorous while incorporating core practical elements enriched by experiential learning opportunities. The program emphasizes global leadership by integrating core aspects of innovation management and entrepreneurship to nurture business leaders. In addition, the program promotes a deep understanding of emerging markets and equips students with the skills to work in multicultural environments.

Leadership and problem solving

The program focuses on building the leadership skills needed to manage global businesses. Based on an action learning model, it offers access to business consulting projects with our outstanding corporate partners.

Corporate engagement and experience

The program offers you remarkable opportunities to foster dialogue with influential entrepreneurs and executives from Chinese companies, including Alibaba, NetEase, and Vanke.

Entrepreneurial approaches to study and life

The program is delivered by ZJU-SOM professors, visiting scholars, and adjunct professors who are internationally recognized experts in their fields. Based in Hangzhou, China’s most innovative and entrepreneurial city, the program enables you to open your mind and broaden your vision.

Global community and learning

The program gathers excellent students with different professional goals, backgrounds, and cultures to facilitate peer-to-peer learning.


The PIEGL program integrates core precepts of innovation management and entrepreneurship to develop outstanding global leaders. Throughout the seven-part, two-year program, you will study, live, and work with an international group of peers, infusing your academic studies with intercultural exchange. A mixture of case studies, lectures, action learning projects, company visits, and cultural events ensures a rigorous and complete learning experience.

Leading for global impact (4 credits)

This part provides you with an in-depth understanding of the key challenges and opportunities in the global market.

Globalization and emerging markets (1 credit)
International business (2 credits)
E-business and China’s experience (1 credit)

Leading for competitive advantage (7 credits)

This part develops the advanced knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage organizations in the global context.

Global strategy and innovation (2 credits)
Organizational management (2 credits)
Technology leadership and intellectual property (1 credit)
Global Leadership (2 credit)

Leading for entrepreneurial spirit (11 credits)

This part equips you with an entrepreneurial mindset and skills necessary for a global career.

Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
Family business in emerging markets (2 credits)
Design thinking (2 credits)
Doing business in emerging markets (2 credits)
Marketing in China (1 credit)
Human Resource Management in Entrepreneurial Teams (2 credit)

General courses (8 credits)

Overview of China (3 credits)
Chinese Language (2 credits)
Management Research Methods (2 credits)
Academic Thesis Writing (1 credit)

Action learning (2 credits)

Students will be divided into different consulting project teams. Together with faculty and company executives, they will have opportunities to provide business consulting services for selected corporate partners.

Seminars (2 credits)

The students are required to attend at least 6 research or practice seminars.

Master thesis

Students are required to write their master thesis under the supervision of ZJU-SOM professors.

How to Apply
Admission Requirements

- International students (non-Chinese citizens)

- In a good health

- A bachelor’s degree or higher

- Under the age of 40 (exemptions may apply)

- TOEFL 90 or IELTS 6.5 (except for English native speakers)
Application Deadline​

February 29, 2024

Documents for Application
1. Application Form for Admission to Zhejiang University pasted with a recent photograph (white background, 35mm×45mmin size). You need to fill in and submit the application form via the online application system first, then print and sign the Application Form produced by the online application system.
Application and Admission System for International Student

2. A photocopy of passport biographic page.

3. Highest degree certificates (photocopy of original document or notarized copies) If you are 4th year university students, you need to provide an official pre-graduation certificate showing your student status and stating expected graduation date. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English must be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

4. Academic transcripts during Bachelor’s degree study, which should be original documents or notarized copies. Documents in languages other than Chinese or English should be attached with notarized translations in Chinese or English.

5. Photocopies of English proficiency certificates (TOEFL or IELTS; except for applicants who are English native speakers and hold a degree delivered in English).

6. Personal statement in English including following sections:


Brief study and work experience


Reasons for application and expectation of the program


Master thesis research proposal/plan


Additional materials (i.e. evidence of awards, social activities or published academic papers, dissertations, …)

7. Two recommendation letters in English with the referrer’s business card/contact phone number and email address.

8. Remittance receipt of the application fee.

Online Interview

-Once application documents are received, Admissions Committee will shortlist the candidates for the interview. Overseas candidates will be interviewed online.

-Interview invitation will be sent to the email provided in the application form.
Admission Results and Registration

The admission result will be made on the basis of competitive selection according to the students’ academic performance, study plan, interview performance and the university’s final review.

Fees And Scholarship
Program fees (2-Year)

- Application fee: CNY 800

- Tuition fee: CNY 73,600

- Accommodation on campus: ~ CNY 18,000 (Zijingang campus)

- International student medical insurance: CNY 1,600. (Relevant medical insurance items can be found at

- Living expenses: approximately CNY 2,000 per month

- Basic learning materials

For more details, please visit PIEGL


You are encouraged to apply for the scholarships which include Chinese Government Scholarship, Zhejiang University Scholarship, and Zhejiang Provincial Government Scholarship.

Please note that application for scholarships will be processed according to the schedules of different scholarships respectively.

For more details, please visit PIEGL

Explore the City

Life in Hangzhou is vibrant and exciting—take a boat ride on the West Lake, hike through the tea fields surrounding the city, or simply enjoy the beautiful landscape of Hangzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featured on the New York Times Places To Go list.

You will be allocated at Zijingang campus, Hangzhou, China

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Events and Traditions

September Welcome & Opening

New beginnings! Receive the warmest of welcomes from ZJU’s program director and faculty.

October National Day Golden Week Explore the country during the seven-day national holiday.
Dragon Boat Competition Supercharge your teamwork skills in a traditional Chinese race like no other.
December New Years Party Celebrate the New Year with the rest of the ZJU-SOM community at our famous New Year Party!
January Winter Semester Exams Winter holidays begins!
February Chinese Lunar New Year Experience the celebration of the lunar new year with your new friends.
March - May Cultural/Traditional Days Explore local cultures from traditional days. 
July-August Summer Vacations Enjoy the summer with family and friends, or take an internship to enrich your experience.
Future Success

Start your entrepreneurial adventure and career in China.

One-to-one coaching

Our professional careers counselors are available to support you in all aspects of your career development, from career planning to crafting your CV and cover letters, improving your interview technique, and assessing job offers.

Professional development workshops

Careers workshops and programs take place on and off-campus, allowing you to experience various industries and career options while honing your job-search and networking skills.

Connecting and networking

Our vast network of employers and alumni companies encompasses myriad industries and ranges from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In addition, you can access on-campus recruitment events organized by our careers advancement team.

Lifelong careers support

As an alumnus, you will benefit from careers services long after graduation, with continued access to individual coaching, careers workshops, and executive education opportunities.

Student Voices

From a young Latvian architect’s perspective, moving to China and studying in one of the world’s top universities, refining my management skills alongside 62 other PIEGL students representing 41 different countries was an enormous but fulfilling challenge. During the past two academic years, a lot has happened. I have been surprised by serendipities I could never have imagined, built intercultural understanding from conflict through better communication about the needs and values of others, and been challenged to fill the gaps in my assumptions and experience. I would live and enjoy every moment of the PIEGL program again if I could. From the minor frustrations to the resounding victories, I have been enriched by all of it. Thank you, Zhejiang University. If you’re considering the PIEGL program, my advice is this: Go with the flow, not against it. Be present in every moment.

- Ervins Gorelovs, PIEGL, Class of 2017

The PIEGL team was chosen as one of 12 finalists out of 203 teams from across the world and went on to represent Zhejiang University at the prestigious SCB Future Leader Challenge in Thailand in June 2018.

Left-to-right: David O’Connell, Ervins Gorelovs, Aisling Maguire, Simòhn Engelbrecht

Immersion in new environments is a vital way to adapt, to thrive, and to understand those environments, especially when they are subject to rapid change. Being a student in the PIEGL program gave me a fresh perspective on working in a multicultural environment and direct experience of China from both insider and outsider perspectives. Beyond academics, representing PIEGL on the International Student Council and in the SCB Future Leader Challenge in Thailand highlighted how giving back is the surest route to new opportunities. I am proud to say I was part of the program.

- Simòhn Engelbrecht, PIEGL, Class of 2017