Chengdu... Oh, Chengdu. Past Review

By (Anthropology., Towson University) for

Sichuan University: Chengdu - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've made lifelong friends and regained my zeal and hope for new life experiences. I'm embracing mobility as best I can.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Having no homework and a rare few exams to base overall grades on is a drastically different way of learning.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There is a significant lack of update and communication between Sichuan U and Towson U, but that is probably due in great part to the use of PLU as an in-between.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Not a beautiful place to live, but more spacious than local student dormitories. Close to class and several night clubs (and a bar street). Sheets and cookware are best to buy. A great number of maintenance employees (fuwuyuan) also live in the building, something I'm not accustomed to.

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Leshan Buddha. Hot springs. Yesss.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Watch out when dealing with cars and traffic. Global Doctor isn't really good for much; grab a friend and go to a normal hospital. Also, I was experiencing stomach issues the whole first month - don't skip on antacids and pepto bismol.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I'm not sure of weekly expenses, but I spent about $1500 in 3 months.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't set a stipend like you would at home; let yourself live according to local standards and you'll be surprised how much money you save.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

No one - learning Mandarin in Sichuan province is virtually useless. What's best to know is numbers - and most people will try to speak English when they can.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
  • International Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? For the first two weeks, it's good to take advantage of the wealth of information that's been accumulated by student veterans. But make extra effort to make local friends - don't get caught in the bubble, or at least try not to. Either way you'll find yourself there.