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Daniel Saldanha | Meet our Global Family

2020-01-27T13:36:10+00:00

This time we catch up with Daniel Saldanha from Porto, who joined Shanghai Summer School’s Global Family last year. For most of our participants, their time at Shanghai Summer School was the first time they’d visited China. Daniel, however, had visited China twice before and still found much to love about the city of Shanghai. Read on to see Shanghai Summer School from a slightly different perspective. 1. What was your reason for joining Shanghai Summer School? Was it an ambition to get a good grasp of the Chinese language or was it a desire to experience living [...]

Daniel Saldanha | Meet our Global Family2020-01-27T13:36:10+00:00

Oumaima Jyetoukoum | Meet our Global Family

2020-01-27T13:37:17+00:00

Oumaima was a girl in search of a travel adventure, and she found it last summer at Shanghai Summer School. On top of being able to travel to and experience a completely different country, she learned to converse in basic Mandarin Chinese, and found herself in a traditional Chinese garden in Suzhou, strumming on her ukelele and singing along to Jessie J with her newfound friends from all over the world. This autumn, Oumaima will return to China, this time as an exchange student in Suzhou, and she couldn’t be more excited about it. Oumaima, how did you come across Shanghai [...]

Oumaima Jyetoukoum | Meet our Global Family2020-01-27T13:37:17+00:00

Here’s to you Shanghai, stay amazing!

2020-01-27T13:36:54+00:00

Written by Luka Smajila, Shanghai Summer School 2018 Alumni I truly believe that spending four weeks in summer with Shanghai Summer School is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself this year. Let me tell you why. In life, one thing is for certain, and it is that change is the only constant. So there I was, scrolling through my Facebook feed last March. I stumbled upon an advertisement for a Shanghai Summer School presentation coming up. Being unsure about what I wanted to do with myself and with my life at that time, I thought "why [...]

Here’s to you Shanghai, stay amazing!2020-01-27T13:36:54+00:00

Emiel van Der Molen | Shanghai – The City that Stole my Heart

2020-01-27T13:37:04+00:00

In this new series of interviews, we catch up with Shanghai Summer School Global Family members to see what they have been up to since they attended Shanghai Summer School. First up, we have Emiel, an ambitious young student from the Netherlands, whose time at Shanghai Summer School kick-started his love affair with China and Shanghai. Craving for more after the summer school, he returned to China soon after for a language exchange. When we contacted Emiel for a chat, we were pleasantly surprised by news of him landing an internship at a Shanghai-based blockchain startup, and that he had just [...]

Emiel van Der Molen | Shanghai – The City that Stole my Heart2020-01-27T13:37:04+00:00

Elias Mayer | An experience that shook my world

2020-01-27T13:37:31+00:00

Elias is a student coming from Munich, Germany. He’s the last one to share about his Shanghai Summer School experience before application period closes down. Before joining summer school Elias didn’t know what to expect. The experience opened his horizons and helped him to get a job at a Swiss multinational. He’s now doing his best to be able to move back to Shanghai.   1: What made you apply for Shanghai Summer School? I didn’t plan on applying for Shanghai Summer School. I remember googling for something for an exam I had the upcoming week when I came across an ad [...]

Elias Mayer | An experience that shook my world2020-01-27T13:37:31+00:00

Andrea Mancini | Attending Shanghai Summer School was the best decision I made in my life.

2020-01-27T13:37:56+00:00

Continuing our series of interviews with Shanghai Summer School Global Family members, we took a two-hour ride to Hangzhou, where Andrea from Italy is now doing his semester abroad. So Andrea,  how do you like Hangzhou so far? Marco Polo called it “The finest and most splendid city in the world”! I like it, though not as much as I like Shanghai. Hangzhou is also a big city, with about 10 million people I think. It is a very green city with a lot of nature, but it is slightly less exciting compared to Shanghai. I guess it all boils down to [...]

Andrea Mancini | Attending Shanghai Summer School was the best decision I made in my life.2020-01-27T13:37:56+00:00

Eva Leitner | The best things in life often happen unplanned!

2020-01-27T13:40:10+00:00

Eva from Austria is the next Global Family member to share about her experience at Shanghai Summer School. When Eva joined Shanghai Summer School, she was only a freshman at the university. Now she’s about to graduate with a master's in tourism management. Eva plans to travel Asia for a year after she’s done and number one on her list is, of course, China.  Read on to find out why she plans to return again and again!   1. So Eva, what made you apply for Shanghai Summer School? I guess it was the opportunity to spend a productive and different [...]

Eva Leitner | The best things in life often happen unplanned!2020-01-27T13:40:10+00:00

Embracing Change and Venturing into the Unknown

2020-01-27T13:40:00+00:00

Written by Matic Pilko, our friend and 2016 Shanghai Summer School Alumni As they say, change is the only constant. In my humble opinion, the best way to live is to embrace change and make the most of it. And which country knows about change better than China? China has opened its doors to the world and experienced exponential economic growth, grown from rural villages to mega-cities pulsating with energy, made a move from its long reliance of coal as an energy source to transiting to renewable energy. China has undergone a change like never before in the past decade but [...]

Embracing Change and Venturing into the Unknown2020-01-27T13:40:00+00:00

It’s not a “Goodbye”, it’s a “See you soon Shanghai”

2020-01-27T13:38:42+00:00

By @petragingera, Shanghai Summer School Alumni 2017 I am sitting on board the Shanghai-Guilin high-speed train (which by the way, is a technological marvel that goes up to 306km/h, making it one of the world’s fastest!), speeding by the countryside of Jiangxi Province. With only one week out of our month-long Shanghai Summer School journey to go, my friends and I were finishing the last of the pâté we had brought from home. We were also trying out some random Chinese snacks we had gotten. Amongst the many things I’ve learned during my time here, is that life is like a bunch of [...]

It’s not a “Goodbye”, it’s a “See you soon Shanghai”2020-01-27T13:38:42+00:00