About Study Abroad in China
Study abroad in China: Centre has an exchange with the University of Shanghai for students to study Mandarin in China. Students travel to the University of Shanghai where they live on the spaciaous Yanchang campus, in a city containing more people thatn eveyone living in KY, TN, AR, adn MS put together.
Study with Centre-in-China Fall 2010!
This past fall, the second group of Centre students traveled to China to study at the University of Shanghai—located in a city containing more people than everyone living in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi put together. The courses taken while in Shanghai are Chinese Conversation (Mandarin), Chinese Culture, and Asian Economics. Students live on Shanghai University’s spacious Yanchang campus in newly refurbished suites with four single rooms, one central living area, two bathrooms, and three showers.
This exciting new program is open to all Centre students. It will be of particular notice to students interested in international studies, financial economics, modern languages, history, or anthropology—or who are thinking about future careers in areas where spoken Chinese would be extraordinarily helpful, such as government, business, public relations, commerce, marketing, travel, etc.
The cost is the same as studying in Danville, with the exception of a $350 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and a portion of the airfare. Centre subsidizes the airfare for this program so that students going on it pay no more than if they were studying in Mexico or England. In addition, students with low EFC’s (Expected Families Contributions) and large “gaps” may qualify for additional help from the Davidson Fund.
Learn more about this program at a meeting on January 7 at 4 pm in the Davidson room of Carnegie. Several students who have previously studied in Shanghai will be there to answer questions. Meanwhile, please enjoy reading excerpts from the email blog of Jason Boldt, currently studying in Shanghai and also check out the travel journal of Brock Klein on the Centre website.
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Shanghai is awesome - but really crazy at first. It's absolutely huge - one could ride the metro from end to the other and it would take over 2 and a half hours. The craziest thing so far has been the sheer amount of people. Crossing one of the big roads is always fun - there are special bike/mo-ped lanes that are literally like a river - so full they never stop. Also, there are lots of fighter jets that fly low over the city quite frequently. I guess it's the government’s way of saying, "Don't forget we're watching you! Learning Chinese has been really fun (or, rather, finding ways to communicate). I will be a charades master when I return home. When we don't know how to say something in Chinese (basically everything), we act it out and point and so forth. This has happened a lot when I go shopping. The most fun one to explain via hand motions was Ethernet cord. Yeah, it was tough. However, I'm learning a lot of Chinese very quickly. It's not as hard as one might think. There are no genders, so adjectives can be tacked onto basically any word and it will agree. Also, there are no indefinite or definite articles (the, a, an). There's no singular or plural, or different time tenses. So, when you're saying something, you just transliterate it as closely as possible. For instance, I just say "I hungry", "I don't want", "give less money." It's easy in that sense, but the tones make it tougher. The Chinese people really appreciate it when you try to use Chinese - they are receptive, helpful, and some of the nicest people I've met.
During the holiday, I did two of the coolest things ever - rode a bamboo raft down a river, and biked through a beautiful karst mountain range. Before I get ahead of myself though, I'll back up a little. We left Shanghai on October 2 and headed to a city in southern China named Guilin. Guilin is most famous for being one of the most beautiful places in China. The back of the 20 yuan note sports a beautiful rendering of the Guilin landscape. Legend has it that the gods once called the land of Guilin home, leaving behind the form of heaven for humanity to enjoy. Elephant Trunk Hill, the symbol of Guilin, is a monstrous hole in the side of a cliff that hangs over the Li River at the center of the city. As a Chinese man told me on the street, one of the gods in heaven, allegedly shaped like an elephant, grew too greedy and was expelled to the earth. On his way down, he crashed into the cliff, leaving the huge hole and a fantastic tourist opportunity.
Application forms and faculty recommendation forms can be printed off using the link accessed on the study abroad page on Centre’s website. You should give the recommendation forms to your faculty recommenders early in January. Turn in your completed application at the Study-Abroad office no later than 4:00 on Monday, February 8th. You may not email your application in. The selection committee may interview all applicants. You will learn of your status by e-mail on February 25th.