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 3.9
Based on 23 Reviews
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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
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
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming
It was so worthwhile. It provides an opportunity to entertain diversity. Even for people who know already that the similarities and differences exist, they too get the chance to internalize it all in experience. It also gives students the chance to make connections with all kinds of new people and places, connections that may la... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 18, 2017 Difficult But Good
I am glad that my Chinese improved - Georgetown University View Entire Review
Improved academic Chinese skills - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 26, 2017 Go To Mic Kunming!!
the language pledge forces you to come out of your comfort zone and rely the language to build relationships with those around you. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming
May 21, 2015 Four Months In Km
I definitely learned a lot from this experience. On top of improving my language skills, I learned so much about myself and my own identity and how much I need to work on really cultivating who I am and rediscovering the things that are important to me and important in this life. A lot of deep stuff. Because I looked around me a... - Colby 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
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
I learned so much about Chinese culture and language. Just being in China and making Chinese friends helped me to appreciate learning the language so much more. I also gained experience of navigating problems and thinking critically in a foreign language and culture. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 14, 2017 Insightful
I learned how to deal with mental illness and travel on my own. I'm glad I had that experience but I don't want to do it again in the same way. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about Chinese culture and just ways of living in a place that isn't America or somewhere where I am comfortable. I absolutely think it was worthwhile, but the program was not only academically hard, but very socially hard which I have already explained and which greatly detracted from my experience. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Absolutely it was worthwhile. I improved my Chinese by a lot while living in an amazing and unique country. - Middlebury 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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