Past Review

By (History/Poli Sci, SUNY - Binghamton) for

SUNY Binghamton: Shanghai - Chinese Business Language & Culture at Fudan University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
In spite of difficulty, learned and improved alot

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Fudan
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

All but two professors were poor, impatient and unwilling to adjust material to the level of the students. Those two professors however were excellent and I learned greatly from them

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The material and components of the program lived up to expectations

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Tonghe Student Village, Yangpu, Shanghai <br /><br /> Location and facilities were adequate and worth the rent paid.

* Food:

Food was good, higher chance of illness in said area though. Use common sense in eating at street vendors or hole in the wall restaurants

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There was never a dull moment

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Avoiding shady areas and travelling in groups is common sense.

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? approx 300yuan (45USD)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? none come to mind


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

Practiced Chinese through daily interaction with locals

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be very confident with reading, writing and speaking chinese or its an uphill battle