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 make it anywhere. Read on to find out why you should attend a summer exchange in Shanghai.
- It’s Great for your Future Career
There are highly advantageous links between studying abroad and increased employability, with most employers believing that employees who have studied abroad have notably stronger teamwork, communication, decision-making and organisational skills. When coupled with an overseas experience like summer exchange in a country as vast and diverse as China, you become an extremely valuable asset in many industries. This is because more and more companies continue to invest and break into the Chinese market as it continues to prosper.
Being one of the world’s oldest cultures, there are many social nuances and etiquette requirements that can be difficult to navigate for an outsider. By having an understanding of the Chinese people, you open up the door to creating strong business relations, which unquestionably provides you with an edge in comparison to your peers. Additionally, as a student on a summer exchange in Shanghai, you are exposed to many global companies who likely have offices in the city. In the future, you may even find yourself interning or working for one of them after the end of summer exchange.
- Learn Chinese and Understand the World’s Largest Population
Simply learning Chinese is already a big reason to attend summer exchange in Shanghai and there is no better way to learn the language than to spend a few weeks (or longer if you’re lucky) immersed in the culture.
Mandarin is one of the most spoken languages in the world, with 1 in 6 people being native speakers. Coupled with the expanding reach that China continues to achieve in the global economy, it is undoubtedly becoming the most important language to know. It definitely is not the easiest language to learn, so even a basic understanding of how to communicate will provide you with a clear advantage. If you can understand the Chinese culture and their common behavioral traits, you understand nearly 20% of the world’s population!
3. New Skills and Experiences
By studying abroad in Shanghai, you are also exposing yourself to a melting pot of international cultures, with the city boasting a large expat community. So while you will learn the Chinese language and its people, you may also come home with knowledge about other cultures that you never would have expected to come across. This is what makes Shanghai such a fantastic city to experience – your worldview will certainly change and expand while on summer exchange.
While studying in China, you will see vast differences between here and your home, so you will need to learn to be patient with others and yourself as you continue to grow. Shanghai can also be a challenging city to manoeuvre through at times, so you will quickly find your problem solving and navigational skills improve here. Being able to negotiate is also important wherever you are in the world and whatever industry you decide to pursue. There is truly no better place to improve your negotiation skills than by getting yourself to one of the bustling markets of Shanghai! Your confidence will surely grow with every bartering experience.
- Personal Development
Studying on a summer exchange in such a fast-paced and passionate city like Shanghai, it’s easy to get inspired and you will quickly find out what you’re made of. If you’ve been feeling a little lost in your career aspirations, you may even discover what you want to achieve! This is the incredible effect that summer exchange in Shanghai can have. It’s also a city steeped in so much history that you will learn so much with each step.
Attending Shanghai Summer School will positively throw you from your comfort zone and it’s here that you will acquire new habits, make incredible friends and learn about an abundance of new cultures. All in all, it’s experiences like this that add to your overall growth as a person and as a successful global citizen.
- Create Lasting Memories
Our summer exchange alumni rave about their experience in Shanghai, with many saying it’s the best summer they have ever had. Much of this is due to the amazing people you will meet along the way and the lifelong bonds that you will no doubt make. You will find yourself in an environment that wants you to grow as an individual and while each person comes from a different path, Shanghai Summer School is a place where you can share your culture and ideas and feel accepted no matter what.
Although some memories may be a bit blurry (the nightlife in Shanghai is pretty great!) you will come away with so many unforgettable stories and experiences from your summer exchange which you won’t be able to stop talking about.
Shanghai Summer School strives to provide you with a summer experience unlike any other. The summer school is primarily about learning the Chinese language in an immersive way, but it’s also about going out and discovering a new culture and making meaningful connections with its people. We would even go as far as to say that delving headfirst into the bustling metropolis of Shanghai will allow one to adopt a new and expanded worldview, and a deeper understanding of cultures different than our own.
The knowledge of new languages combined with heightened cultural sensitivity and awareness has become ever more important in the global world we live in today.