Incredible experience & environment to learn Chinese econ dev and tech Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/03/2019 to 12/21/2018 with

New York University: Shanghai - NYU in Shanghai

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was everything I wanted from my study abroad experience, and more. It's hard to sum up everything, but here are a few: as an econ major interested in tech I received a deep dive on modern Chinese econ and tech developments from courses, lectures, and trips (for example to Shenzhen). I also got to live in Shanghai and get to know the vibrant, high-growth, and international city, which was simply a dream and this trip made me resolute to eventually return to Shanghai to work. I also took the time almost every other weekend to take a trip to some other area of China (rural and urban, first, second, and third tier) to gain a broader and more realistic understanding of the country. I also reconnected with my culture, from reexperiencing traditions and local foods to getting more confident in my Chinese which is an asset for me now that I want to work there in the future. I also got to work closely with professors in a super well-run department and program and made friends that will last a lifetime.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Academically rigorous, interesting courses offered, amazing academic resources and department community. Also well-connected with the city and comprehensive offerings of group trips for study abroad students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Admin, academic counselors, and professors were all super helpful in a timely manner. Program was very well-run and organized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great dorms, great facilities including kitchen and gym. Clean, new, and had security guards so felt safe at all times.

* Food:

No complaints, great Chinese food. Western food offerings were pretty good too.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

A part of my background is in China so I naturally felt integrated with the location and culture, and got used to the things new to me very quickly.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

School has health services and counseling services, which I both used in my time there. Both were amazing, even better (more comprehensive, helpful, timely and easier to book appointments) than even my home school.

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe on campus/in dorm/in the city.

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)

Very easy. School housing and meals were cheaper than my home school's. Also the food and home goods in China are cheaper.


* 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

The program professor was amazing. It inspired me to pick up Chinese again and seriously improve, rather than to just do it for the requirement. I learned so much and feel more confident in my language abilities.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The professors were top-tier and the departments and admin were super well organized and well-funded (many staff and TAs) and well-run
  • The city (Shanghai) and the ability to travel cheaply to other provinces
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • I wish I were able to take more courses! I left wanting more!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing really, I did my research before going so I knew it was going to be great in the areas I wanted and these indeed turned out to be true.

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An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.