Great Semester in Shanghai August 28, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 02/17/2019 to 08/16/2019 with

The Education Abroad Network ( TEAN ): Shanghai - Fudan University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I loved being in Shanghai and experiencing the every day life there. Improved my Chinese a lot, made many friends, and learned so much more by being there than I would have in a classroom.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Semester classes were pretty doable; only met once a week except for the Chinese classes. Not a lot of readings.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment was really nice and in a great location. Only complaints are that it needed significant renovations (leaking roof, poor drainage system) by the end. Also, the owner frequently hosted open houses for prospective buyers without warning us.

* Food:

Cheap, delicious authentic Chinese food, need I say more? The school canteen alone was amazing and dirt cheap.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Shanghai is super safe; no worries about walking around late at night as a woman.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I had a wonderful experience but my particular program was a bit too disorganized for my taste.

Finances

* 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)

It's China; everything is cheap.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take the metro, not taxis. Cook or eat street food; split bills with friends. Learn how to bargain.

Language

* 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

We took classes, but otherwise, there was no immersion requirement

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Chinese 301
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Great location/neighborhood
  • Making friends
  • the city itself
* What could be improved?
  • The administration and organization of the study abroad provider
  • More excursions/integration with the local community
  • Visa process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The study abroad provider mislead me as to which visa I should apply for and because of that I had six months of visa headaches. I really wish TEAN had been honest with me about which visa I would be likely to receive and given me the paperwork they promised they would receive. But instead, they changed on me last minute, barely a month before my semester, hence the ensuing six months of headaches.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.