immersed! Past Review

By (Chinese Studies., Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/29/2012 to 12/14/2012 with

CET Shanghai

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I want to live in China again. Yes it was worthwhile, especially for the time to travel and Chinese roommates and internship experience

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful and on top of things. Except for the reimbursement policy...that was never clear to me.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Loved living with a Chinese roommate!

* Food:

Donghua's food was a great value and tasty, otherwise I just ate out!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never was sick...

* Safety:

China is a very safe place.

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


* 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)

Shanghai is a pretty expensive place!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe $100?


* 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

There was no language pledge but I forced myself to speak Chinese all the time

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Chinese 300 level native speaker class
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Chinese roommates
  • Living situation
* What could be improved?
  • time management of student schedules
  • not having class for 11 hours some days
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how busy i was going to be and also how much time id have to travel on my own

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Advanced Chinese

Course Department: Chinese Language
Instructor: Pan Laoshi
Instruction Language: Chinese
Comments: Our teacher was still a grad student who had never taught before and she was a very unsuitable fit for the highest level of Chinese. She did not make good use of our textbook materials and I did not get as much out of the intense language course as I absolutely should have.
Credit Transfer Issues: