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UCL students Study China

16 March 2009


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  • Five UCL students from Philosophy, European Social and Political Studies, the Institute of Archaeology and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) will be taking part in the Study China Programme this Easter.

    The students will be based at East China Normal University in Shanghai, and at Beijing Normal University in Beijing. A departure briefing was held at UCL on 12 March 2009 for students from the south of the UK who will be taking part in the Study China Programme.

    The Study China Programme is a three-week study programme in China that presents an opportunity for UK undergraduates to learn about China's languages and cultural history while experiencing university life in Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejing, Shangdong, Fudan and Sichuan. As part of their itineraries, students will take an intensive course in Chinese language and be immersed in cultural and social activities.

    Daniel Wells, a student from the UCL Institute of Archaeology, will be spending his time in Shanghai at the East China Normal University. He said: "The Study China programme is a unique opportunity to immerse myself in a society that has fascinated me since before I came to university. It is now an appropriate time in which to visit China because the instability of the global economy, as so much of the media has reported, means an increased need for the awareness of international relations between the world's economic communities. The chance to visit China will be an invaluable way to increase this awareness and to strengthen ties between British graduates and Chinese business organisations, promote the understanding of Chinese traditions and to enhance British student's appreciation for the international community."

    Students at the briefing for the Study China Programme

    Sophia Schaller, also a student in ESPS, added: "I am generally very interested in different cultures and languages and I have travelled quite a lot in Europe and also a bit in Latin America, but China has a special appeal to me which is why I applied to the Study China programme. China is so different from the countries I have visited till now, not just with regards to its amazing historical heritage, but also because of the different way of life. On the whole this programme is a great opportunity and I am already very excited about leaving in less than 2 weeks!"

    The Study China Programme is run by the University of Manchester, and is funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), the Scottish Government, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. The programme started in 2007 and runs twice each year. To date, a total of 420 UK undergraduates have taken part, including 24 from UCL.

    Image: Students at the briefing for the Study China Programme