My First Visit to China Past Review

By (East Asian Studies, China Studies, Western Washington University) for

Western Washington University: Beijing and Kunming - Faculty-led Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It made me certain that I want to continue to study Chinese and to live in China for a longer period of time in the future.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was similar but more personal and more intensive.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very competent and responded to issues well.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a fairly nice dorm room but there were some maintenance issues.

* Food:

It was good and cheap!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved being in China and especially the times I got between classes to venture out on my own and use what I was learning in real life. I want to go back as soon as I can.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There were no problems.

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)


* 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?

The courses and tours were all in Chinese which was valuable, but unfortunately most of my peers were uncomfortable only using Chinese when talking amongst ourselves. If possible, I think it would be even better to pair us up with Chinese students in the dorms.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Learning much more Chinese and becoming more comfortable with it.
  • Living in Kunming
* What could be improved?
  • If possible, to have more language placement that would allow for more classroom levels.