Culture Immersion March 28, 2018

By (Utah State University) - abroad from 08/28/2017 to 04/26/2019 with

Utah State University: China - International HR in China, Hosted by the Asia Institute

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about the culture itself and not just business in China. It was great to get out on my own or with a partner and experience life there firsthand without guides at times.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I would have liked to have had a mask for poor air quality provided. Or it would have been nice to know that it was highly recommended (at least in Beijing).

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at the smaller "hole-in-the-wall" locations.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Experiencing a lot of the culture.
* What could be improved?
  • Visiting more cities instead of just 2.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to use the subway system. We learned quickly but it would have been nice to learn earlier.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.