You will never be the same after your semester at the China Studies Program (CSP). From the first time you eat baozi for breakfast till your teary goodbye with Chinese friends, you will see your world view changing in ways you'd never imagined. Dynamic balance is the way the Chinese mind perceives life. It is in understanding that low profile and high expectations, generosity and obligation, sweet and sour, activity and passivity, are opposites that complement each other for a full life.
After spending the first eight days of CSP in Hong Kong, students are then hosted by Xiamen University for ten weeks throughout the semester. Xiamen University is located by the South China Sea in sub-tropical southeastern China. CSP also spends two weeks in the ancient capital city of Xi'an (as part of the History module), a week in rural China for a service project, and a week touring sites in Beijing (the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City) and Shanghai. Overall, you'll spend time in the northwest, northeast and southern regions of China — a wide sampling of a huge and diverse country.
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|Being in China really changed me. I'm a lot more aware of things that I didn't even know existed. I realized that I have a real passion for cultures and languages. It's to the point that living in different countries and learning different languages occupies most of my thoughts at school.
— Jay Meador, CSP alumnus