Take ADVANGTAGE of this program! May 15, 2020

By (California State University - Northridge) - abroad from 05/30/2019 to 06/10/2019 with

California State University: China- Sino-US Trade War Effects on Business, Hosted by the Asia Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about various business operations in Chin and gained a deeper understanding of the culture. It was really worth doing this program.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was a great educational experience. I learned about various businesses established in China and got a tour of their facilities.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The hotel we stayed at were clean and the staff were really friendly as well.

* Food:

The food provided and the ones I personally bought were amazing!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I had an amazing experience talking to business owners, students, and local bystanders. Our tour guides Eena and Biying did an amazing job helping me navigate through this.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Our tour guides Eena and Biying were amazing and I am sure they will continue to do a good job.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

It did not take much money to have an amazing experience since our University covered most of the housing and plane ticket fees.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent around $300 US dollars on food and souvenirs
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save as much as you can. Make your own food at home instead of buying food outside. Do not buy coffee/tea from Starbucks and brew it at home. Little things like that can help you build your savings.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? N/A
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Learning about the Chinese culture
  • Meeting various new people
  • Tasting local dishes
* What could be improved?
  • I really did not have any complainants
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Maybe just finding out this program sooner

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.