The ETSU Honors College
supported a Study Abroad Summer Experience of
days in China during the Summer 2007. (NOTE:
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What they saw:
Beijing—The Great Wall, the
Forbidden City of the Emperors, Summer Palace, Tiananmen
Xi’an—The First Emperor’s Tomb,
Terra Cotta Warriors.
Shanghai—The Treaty Port-Era
Bund, the emerging Financial Center of the World, shopping
Suzhou—The Old City, Chinese
Hangzhou—The Silk Emporium
Described By an Amazed Marco Polo.
These are just some
highlights; you will see much more at each of the five
What they did:
Attended short courses on
Chinese language, culture, politics, religion, and history;
interacted with Chinese students; gained hands-on
experience by learning Chinese cuisine through cooking;
practiced Chinese-character calligraphy; and witnessed
Peking Opera. Each participant was paired with an
English-speaking Chinese peer while at the host North China
University of Technology in the capital —Beijing.
What they said:
while in China:
"Experience of a lifetime" was what the flyer said and it
sure did come true for me. So many new windows were
opened. I have to close a few of them now and then!
Just a few summary comments:
remarkable intergeneration time.
excellent model for community and educational
institution to interface in cultural exchange, global
awareness, and continuing education.
good flexibility in scheduling. Many lectures and
historic sites and meals and time to rest, reflect,
explore, shop!! in between.
great to have extended time at NCUT and get familiar in
a community setting.
The consideration of our hosts in Beijing NCUT was
overwhelming. All our needs and requests were dealt with
respect and consideration. An inspiration! . . .
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE CHINA TRIP HAPPEN.
I truly loved the experience and have been talking with
folks about it, sharing lots of photos and gifts. Everyone I
talk with wishes they could have been with us. And I'd love
to go back. I am reading more and tune into any media
commentary that relates to China.
When I think of study abroad I think of during the school
year not over the summer. Summer is vacation, work, and
maybe the occasional summer school class. When this study
abroad experience came available to me, to China where I’ve
always wanted to go, I was a little hesitant at first. I did
not want to spend all my time in China in a class room. I
wanted to see everything and anything that made China,
China. I am so glad I decided to go. I am an art major and
all the classes were simply cultural. That was great on so
many levels: history, religion, politics, calligraphy, and
even cooking. Besides the classes we did experience China.
Everything one would go to China to experience, we did. The
Great Wall, all the food, Shanghai at night, Buddhist
temples, rickshaws, and basically anything one would want to
see, feel, or do, we did.
Besides the study issue, I was a little hesitant about the
safety issue. One is always scared of things like that when
traveling to foreign countries, but the Chinese people were
always so giving and nice. I never felt threatened in any
way. The most threatening thing that ever happened was being
Caucasian in a very Asian country, every local would want to
take their picture with you. Because of that I came back
with some very interesting pictures
Overall, this was one of the best experiences I have ever
had in my life. It was very much worth the money, and I
cannot wait to do it again. I hope that everyone gets to
experience something like this once in their lifetime.