China Experience Past Review

By (General Studies, Southwest Tennessee Community College) for

Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS): Traveling - TnCIS in China

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience over there taught me how to be more appreciative as a person and having privileges that they do not have in China.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned how their water system is different from ours. China get their drinking water from surface water that has to go through different treatments to make the water drinkable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration is very strict on being on time.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

China accommodates for any and every dietary restrictions, just make sure that you let your host and hostess know before hand.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The interaction with the other students was very fun!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I think that you should take at least $500-800 while over so that you be able to cover any of your needs especially if you like to shop.


* 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?

The Tai Chi instructor taught us a few words in Chinese as well as our hosts and hostesses. There was not that many people in China that spoke English, so we made sure that we had our hosts and hostesses to help translate for us.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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? When going to China do not get caught up in buying everything that you want the first day. The last week that you are there is when you will find the best items for little of nothing. Be sure to stop at the tailor shop and get a suit or dress or even a handbag made.