An awesome way to experience China! April 23, 2018

By (Utah State University) - abroad from 03/01/2018 to 03/12/2018 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 more about the history, culture, and HR practices in China. It was definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

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.

Loved this program. I learned so much about human resources in China and had a wonderful time learning about the culture, food, and history!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our guides were fantastic. They were willing to help us however we needed and were so great to interact with.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Both hotels were so nice and such great places to stay during our trip.

* Food:

Most of the time the food was great, but there were a few meals in Shanghai that were not very good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like our trip did a very good job of immersing us in the culture and life of China.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any issues with healthcare while there.

* Safety:

There were a few times when I didn't feel very safe. But for the most part, it was okay.

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

The guides were fantastic and so willing to take us wherever we wanted. They gave us great insight to China and helped us have a fantastic time!

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? around $300 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy stuff you don't need. Don't buy junk at the tourist traps.

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 were encouraged to use common phrases and they were extremely helpful.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • Local guides
* What could be improved?
  • Some of the restaurants we went to were not very good.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Buy day passes for the subway if you are going to be doing a lot of travel in that 24 hour period. It is going to be much cheaper.