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East China Normal University

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4.08 / 5 based on 32 reviews
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dtkemon
Furman University, Greenville, SC, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Languages
Language of instruction: Chinese
Was learning Chinese a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Chinese
How much did you improve your Chinese?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The beauty of the backstreets did not unveil itself to any of the other students that I was with. I personally did not affiliate with them at all...in doing so, a whole new world invited me in. I acquired language sponsors; backstreet restaurant owners who would pull me in off the streets, sit me down, put food in front of me, and make me listen to/speak with anywhere from 2-30 native Chinese speakers speaking nothing but Chinese and Shanghai-hua. It was a truly wonderous and unequivocal experience.
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dtkemon
Furman University, Greenville, SC, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
Personal savings
Work opportunities:
I didn't want/need to work
Personal spending habits
I spent less because everything is so much cheaper...plain and simple.
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Food, Overall, Travel, Housing, Nightlife, Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Everything is negotiable.
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dtkemon
Furman University, Greenville, SC, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Academic
Course recommendations
I didn't have a choice...my University had a private arrangement and courses were prearranged.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
For my program, no.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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dtkemon
Furman University, Greenville, SC, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Overall
I wish I had known...
No...but an appreciation for/understanding of Confucian ideology, Chinese philosophy, Chinese cultural history, and qi will assist those unfamiliar with China beyond articulation.
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In my opinion:
I loved it but I'm not sure everybody would.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
1
Activities
1
Campus life
1
Party / people
1
Weather / location
1
Personal recommendation
ECNU is not a setting for social butterflies to flourish. If you truly desire to learn something about yourself, contemporary China, and making the most of what you've got, Hua Shi Da is an unrivaled opportunity.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
You're only as alone as you want to be in China...travel alone (if you have self-confidence). Not only will you not be tied to anyone, but if you truly make attempts to learn the language, the Chinese will approach you and take care of you in ways that you cannot begin to fathom. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced anywhere else in the world.
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dtkemon
Furman University, Greenville, SC, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Moon festival, the Long Bar, movie night with the US Marines.
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dtkemon
Furman University, Greenville, SC, United States
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Home university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Being on campus provided access to the backstreets and a plethora of international students. Who could ask for more of a Chinese University?
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
There was not a great deal of fitness equipment available and the rooms were relatively small. It was a University in China, though...what can one expect? If you value your space, privacy, and cleanliness, China (Hua Shi Da, anyway) is not the place for you.
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