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Tips to study abroad in China without speaking Chinese

2020-01-27T13:29:07+00:00

Spending an extended period of time in China without knowing the language can sound a little daunting. You may be nervous about starting your study adventure with zero Chinese language skills. But don’t worry! Here are some tips for surviving study exchange in China even if you don’t speak a word of Mandarin! Embrace body language Let’s start simply. Not being afraid to wave, point, gesture, etc. is important. This includes taxi drivers pointing “right here, or left?” and 7-11 employees signaling “15 yuan”.  If you want to be prepared to gesture like a pro - learn the Chinese hand [...]

Tips to study abroad in China without speaking Chinese2020-01-27T13:29:07+00:00

Things only students who attended Summer School in China will understand

2019-12-19T10:15:52+00:00

I think we can probably agree that choosing to study in China, be it for a summer school or a semester abroad, is quite a gutsy choice to make. Hardly comparable with other more mainstream study abroad options. I remember when I first went to Shanghai to study years ago. When I told a friend that I was going for a study exchange in Shanghai, he laughed and said, “Couldn’t you find somewhere more obscure?” Well, his reaction is unfortunately a common one, because most people know so little about China due to how distant it is in terms of [...]

Things only students who attended Summer School in China will understand2019-12-19T10:15:52+00:00

Traveling Makes You a Happier Person

2019-12-11T10:17:36+00:00

Traveling Makes You a Happier person:  When you think about spending your hard-earned money on traveling abroad, you might say to yourself, “I’m better off buying some shoes that will last me a long time”, but science says that it is actually quite the opposite.  We buy things to make us happy, but happiness lasts only for a short time as we quickly adapt to our new iPhone. Dr. Thomas Gilovich from Cornell University says that we buy things to make us happy, but the happiness lasts only for a short time as we quickly adapt to our new [...]

Traveling Makes You a Happier Person2019-12-11T10:17:36+00:00

How to Include International Summer School Participation in CV

2020-01-03T11:09:15+00:00

While most students look forward to spending their summers by the beach or pool, summers can also be a great time to pursue personal growth and experiences. One way to do so is to attend a summer school abroad. In addition to making great summer memories, attending a summer school is also a great opportunity to develop soft-skills such as communicating in a foreign environment, problem-solving, and being adaptable to unusual situations. These days, more and more employers value the international experience gained during semesters abroad due to the belief that being abroad, especially for an extended period of time, allows [...]

How to Include International Summer School Participation in CV2020-01-03T11:09:15+00:00

5 Reasons to attend summer exchange in Shanghai

2019-12-15T09:54:26+00:00

In today’s interconnected world, it is crucial to understand the world on a global scale and one of the best ways to learn is to do a summer exchange program. From new languages to differences in cultural norms and expectations, having the ability to communicate thoughtfully with others has become a necessity and there is no better way to expose yourself to new cultures than by studying abroad in a thriving city like Shanghai. This is especially considering the fact that China is fast becoming the biggest player in the world’s economy, so if you can make it here you can [...]

5 Reasons to attend summer exchange in Shanghai2019-12-15T09:54:26+00:00

8 Things to Take Note of before Going to Study Exchange in Shanghai (China)

2019-12-23T11:08:13+00:00

Shanghai is China’s most developed and international city, which makes it a breeze to travel to…mostly. If you’re heading to Shanghai or China soon, be it for an study exchange semester, for summer school, work, or simply for a visit to find out what all the fuss regarding Shanghai is about, we recommend that you take note of the following points so as to make your experience as carefree and fun as it can possibly be. Applying for your Study Exchange Visa – A bureaucratic pain, but absolutely necessary Depending on where you’re from, what you’re in China for, or how [...]

8 Things to Take Note of before Going to Study Exchange in Shanghai (China)2019-12-23T11:08:13+00:00

11 Applications you’ll absolutely need if you study abroad in China

2019-12-10T20:25:39+00:00

In a world where you can hardly imagine life without a phone, China is definitely the pinnacle of mobile technological development. In China, people can leave their homes without their wallets, but not without their phones. So if you’re planning to study abroad in Shanghai or China in general, whether for summer school or an exchange program, here are some mobile applications we definitely recommend that you download to ease into life in China from the get-go. Photo by William Hook on Unsplash The Essential study abroad Apps WeChat – Chinese super-app a.k.a remote for life in China Without [...]

11 Applications you’ll absolutely need if you study abroad in China2019-12-10T20:25:39+00:00

Why study abroad?

2019-12-23T11:54:08+00:00

We all know how eye-opening and amazing traveling can be, but it doesn’t quite give you all the benefits that studying abroad does. If you study abroad, you’re spending an extended time in one place with what will soon become a close-knit group of peers coming from all different backgrounds. While studying abroad you’re forced to create a routine for yourself in a foreign place and soon enough, you start living and breathing just like the locals, and these are only a few benefits of studying abroad. Benefits while studying abroad can be divided into different types of experiences, which we [...]

Why study abroad?2019-12-23T11:54:08+00:00

8 Reasons Why You Should Apply for Shanghai Summer School

2019-12-23T11:43:16+00:00

There are countless reasons why you should spend this summer with us at Shanghai Summer School, but here are 8 of the best ones! Winter is about to be over, the days are getting longer and warmer, and everything is starting to buzz with life and activity. Already thinking about what to do for the upcoming summer? We might have just the thing for you. Experience Shanghai, the city that doesn’t even sit down. The legendary Chinese metropolis of Shanghai is the most dynamic city on the planet and right now, it is the place to be. Amongst other superlatives [...]

8 Reasons Why You Should Apply for Shanghai Summer School2019-12-23T11:43:16+00:00

Spotlight: Donghua University, a clear winner.

2019-12-11T10:17:02+00:00

Out of the many universities in Shanghai offering Chinese-language programs, Donghua University, Shanghai Summer School’s university partner, stood out above the rest with its Chinese teaching expertise, its openness to international students, its excellent location, and its complete campus facilities. Shanghai Summer School offers two programs in partnership with Donghua University – the Classic Four-Week Experience, as well as the Intensive Two-Week Experience. The expertise of Donghua University’s Chinese language program, combined with Shanghai Summer School’s activity-packed program makes for a fruitful summer experience like no other. The partnership between Shanghai Summer School and Donghua University has grown from strength-to-strength, and in [...]

Spotlight: Donghua University, a clear winner.2019-12-11T10:17:02+00:00