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Peking University (PKU)

68 reviews
3.61 / 5 based on 68 reviews
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patricia g
Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
International Relations, Graduate, Chinese Government Scholarship
Overall
I wish I had known...
Basic Chinese
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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
3
Campus life
2
Party / people
2
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
To improve the living conditions of shao yuan guest house for international students.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
In summary personally i love this experience. China is a beatiful country and Beijing is an amazing city, anyway you can love it or you can hate it..there is no middle point. For china you have to be prepare for everything, be very tolerant because you will face a lot of situations that im sure you will be in shock. The culture is different so the way chinese people see norms of conduct. so be open mind. Other tip, Chineses are very curios about foreigns so dont feel unconfortable if people look at you all the time or even ask personal questions to you at the first time!! And if you dont speak any chinese be aware if you come alone that english is not enough, at the moment only a few chinese people speaks english.
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patricia g
Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
International Relations, Graduate, Chinese Government Scholarship
Academic
Course recommendations
My master program is in English, i had the opportunity to study chinese one year before, but it will be nice if they can add chinese courses, at least for help the students in this kind of program to learn basic chinese.Maybe would be ok if it is an optional choise..but anyway i would love to take it besides my year of study.
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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
none
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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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patricia g
Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
International Relations, Graduate, Chinese Government Scholarship
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: At ease in most situations
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
When I arrived i didnt speak any Chinese, but I thougth my english was enough, big mistake, in china almost no one speaks english. Well with the international students no problems because we communicate in english and spanish but of course doing my daily life with chinese people at the beggining was difficult, a lot of times i feld like a little baby, because everything was very hard, even go to the supermarket, because evertything is in chinese. The only way to communicate was with signals or mimics. But i survived and that help me to push my self to learn chinese faster. It was a need.
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patricia g
Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
International Relations, Graduate, Chinese Government Scholarship
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Government assistance
Work opportunities:
I worked during my study abroad experience
Personal spending habits
The food on campus is very cheap, and at work is for free. The telephone is the same, because i have to buy the cards so i know how much im expending. The housing is free due to my scholarship. The nightlife in Beijing could be sometimes expensive, well actually is more expensive than in my country. Traveling i spent more money because in everyplace I do a lot of tourism.
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Travel, Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Overall, Telephone:
was the same price as at home.
Food, Housing:
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
none
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patricia g
Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
International Relations, Graduate, Chinese Government Scholarship
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Because of the space and my independence
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I live in Shao Yuan is the guest house for internatinal students. The buildings are old, but the rooms are clean, paint and they have the basic facilities. My principal problem was the space, because is a small room and we have to share it with other student, and another problem the bathroom, we dont have our own, we have to share with all the girls that live in my floor. But for the student life is pretty good, because i have everything that i need very close. sometimes is not good for study because at least in my case i need to be alone when im doing a research paper or studying my chinese...but i got use to have someone in the room with me.
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patricia g
Universidad Católica Boliviana, La Paz, Bolivia
International Relations, Graduate, Chinese Government Scholarship
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
In Beijing I have a lot of favorite night spots, but i would say i like Hou Hai, is a place aroun a lake full of bares and restaurants, also the Jiu Ba Jie, is the main street for bares and also restaurantes from all differents parts of the world. My best cafe is Sculpting in time. And places in this city not to be missed are Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, etc.and the markets!!
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