Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming

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Located in Southwest China and close to several countries in Southeast Asia, Kunming is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”.Kunming’s parks—combined with the temperate climate of Southeast Asia—make it a very livable city with a strong “outdoor”... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.1
Based on 33 Reviews
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I got to experience local life after making friends with a group of local brewers, and got to increase not only firm up my conversational Chinese, but also develop vocabulary in topics of my own choosing. As an avid craft beer enthusiast, my decision to pursue China's emerging craft beer scene as a one on one topic kept me inter... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming
I gained a much more solid economic, cultural and political understanding of China. Learning about the Chinese lifestyle was mind-opening. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Outside of the classroom I had a fantastic experience, it was worthwhile but could have been done better. - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
Gained chinese language skills and a much deeper understanding of Chinese culture/ history. Wish i had more time to see the country as it was my first time in China - Tufts University View Entire Review
Studying at Middlebury's Kunming program was definitely worth it because I got to improve my Chinese and in a beautiful city! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 10, 2018 Cultural Integration
I learned about the local culture and many social issues in a lesser-known part of China. - Cornell University View Entire Review
Language was the biggest gain obviously. But I learned so much about art and ethinic minority art and history and their relationships with the Chinese government. I also personally was awakened to my religion after needing to turn to God given how ridiculously difficult this program was on me in the beginning. - Bates College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. Language and I began to understand the culture in a daily life and tangible ways rather than textbook lessons. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I have always felt that speaking is my weakest area in studying Chinese, but after speaking only Chinese every day it improved so much. I now feel comfortable applying my language skill to professional tasks and can explain myself clearly on many topics. Using only Chinese gave me the unique opportunity to learn about Chinese cu... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I improved my language skills, and made some friends. I enjoyed learning about the Yunnan culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I feel more confident in my ability to live anywhere or navigate any other city. I was extremely proud of myself for finishing. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I significantly improved my Mandarin proficiency, learned a lot about Chinese culture firsthand, and grew as an individual - Johns Hopkins University View Entire Review
Studying, living, and traveling in a foreign country boosted my self-confidence in a way that nothing else could. I am coming back to my life in the States as a more confident, articulate, and compassionate person having experienced a new culture, successfully created a life for myself, and gained a new perspective on the world.... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
August 02, 2019 Awesome!
Yes. There is a lot of opportunity to learn, explore your interests in the target language, and learn about China. - Kenyon College View Entire Review
January 23, 2019 A Semester In Kunming
Beyond the sheer amount of information learned in class, there are so many intangible learning experiences which you have while abroad which teach you how to be an international citizen - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Valuable friendships, global perspective on certain issues, more confidence in my Chinese. - Pomona College View Entire Review
Extremely worthwhile. Challenges your language abilities, and allows for personal development. - Duke University View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile, I improved my language abilities and confidence when speaking and also became more knowledgeable about China's history and culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming
I saw an incredible province at a crossroads of explosion with growing importance as a transportation and shipping hub, dealing with all sorts of problems but taking pride in their environmental grandeur and fantastic food. Also interesting as a whole province renowned for travel for both domestic and international tourists, goe... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Language skills How to explore How to relate with people places and cultures that are very different and that you don’t understand completely How to love your best life during a great once I the lifetime opportunity How to be in close relations with locals and other students How to work in a group How to balance and mak... - Hamilton College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming
Going into this semester I wanted to improve my Chinese, but even more than improving my linguistic and cultural competency I wanted to familiarize and humanize for myself a country which is poorly understood by Americans. I certainly made huge strides on language, but for all the knowledge and unforgettable experiences I gleane... - Oberlin College View Entire Review
Chinese skills, maybe worth it - Middlebury College View Entire Review
June 14, 2018 Grounding
I gained an understanding and frame of reference for how regular people live their lives in Kunming. Definitely worth it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
March 14, 2018 A Semester To Think
Worthwhile is one of the main words I use to describe the experience. My Chinese got a lot better, I loved getting involved in the frisbee scene in China, that was really special to me. I pushed myself to travel to far away/hard to get to places, lived in a foreign language, and got through hard/lonely/boring times and it was al... - Williams College View Entire Review
- Chinese friends - what living in China feels like - deeper understanding of modern Kunming and China - Colby College View Entire Review

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Located in Southwest China and close to several countries in Southeast Asia, Kunming is known as the “City of Eternal Spring”.Kunming’s parks—combined with the temperate climate of Southeast Asia—make it a very livable city with a strong “outdoor” culture. Kunming is very multicultural, clearly demonstrating the influences of the 26 different ethnic groups living in Yunnan Province. Our host in Kunming, Yunnan University (YNU), is centrally located in Kunming’s charming and bustling downtown area, adjacent to the Green Lake and its adjoining park.  As a comprehensive university, YNU has programs in most academic disciplines but is particularly recognized for its departments of anthropology and environmental studies.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Chinese - Mandarin
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Chinese Language, Literature
  • Chinese Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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