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#1 Old 10-03-2011, 07:31 PM
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So I'm thinking of studying abroad next fall semester. I'll be going to China to study the language and maybe take some other classes but my focus will be on the language since I'm already taking it now at my college and I'm doing great in it so far.

Anyone here ever studied abroad? Where did you go? How was your experience? Do you recommend it?

I figure there is no better way to learn a language than to go to the country where the language is spoken everyday. I'm really excited about this and want to do it, but I just hope it's worth it! Thoughts?

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#2 Old 10-04-2011, 02:44 PM
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Studied at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou after leaving the military the first time (not part of a study abroad program, I just went to China and enrolled). I really enjoyed it. Beijing was cool too, probably has better programs, but I enjoyed the environment in Hangzhou so much more. Lots of Korean students if you want to work on Korean as well.

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I studied abroad in Russia for one semester, also focusing on language. My program was run by a third-party organization, so I didn't directly enroll in a Russian university. I was in classes all day with other Americans (which is good, because there was no way I'd understand a real class conducted in Russian.) I earned credit for two language classes toward my major.

I lived with a host family too, which was great for my language. I informed the people placing me with my host family about my vegetarianism, so they placed me with a vegetarian woman. It really was incredible for my language abilities, and at times quite stressful, to have to speak Russian each morning when I got up for breakfast, all day in class, and then again in the evening. My host parents spoke no English whatsoever.

I highly recommend that everyone study abroad.
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I think the biggest question is, can you afford it? Even if it is subsidized, is it a fair enough amount that you won't incur debt from your academic adventure ?
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Whatever it costs, it's definitely worth it. And if you take full advantage of it, it is an investment that will repay its cost very quickly.

Schools like Peking University, Nanjing University, and Zhejiang University are ivy league in China. It is not easy for a Chinese student to get in, and any Chinese student attending is, more than likely, going places. Yet as a foreign student, you need little more than a high school diploma to get into a language study program at these universities. If you are trying to learn the language, and are somewhat extroverted and good at meeting people, well do the math. The knowledge you gain and the relationships you have the opportunity to initiate are worth far more than what you'll pay. I was the only American in my class at Zhejiang University, and ended up with lasting friendships from all over the world. And for every foreign student trying to learn Chinese, there are 100 Chinese students eager to learn English. I'm sure you know what guanxi is. Places like this are where it's developed. If you have the means to go, then stop thinking about it and go! You will only regret it if you're one of those people who sit in your dorm the whole time.

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Yeah student loans/grants will cover it. It costs about the same as one semester at my uni costs right now.

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I think you should ask her permission first. Some broads feel studying them is a disrespectful attitude towards them.

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I spent a semester studying in Spain and it was one of the best things i've ever done. If it's something you can make work you should definitely do it!

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