It is hard to overstate both the academic and personal growth that I experienced during my time studying in Shanghai at Fudan University.Studying at one of the most prestigious learning institutions in China, as well as living in one of the most vibrant and dynamic cities in the world alongside fourteen other Queen's students and fifteen Fudan students afforded an unmatched opportunity to delve into the past,present and future of Chinese culture and society. Through field studies, lectures and a professional internship at a local of international non-profit organization, I was able to both learn about and actively participate in the process of development and change that is so remarkable in China today. Most of all though, the connections and friendships that I made with local Chinese students will last far beyond my time in Shanghai.
- Stephanie Rudyk, ArtSci ‘13
The program is a very good opportunity for students from both countries to make good friends with each other. From all the lectures,internships and field trips, not only can Canadian students get to know more about the development and the state of Chinese society, but we Chinese students have gained more knowledge and understanding about our own country. In an era of globalization, we should develop a global perspective. Studying in a different culture in your 20s will benefit you in the long term.”
- Julia Jin, Fudan ’13
“There is something extraordinary about the experience this program offers, and it is difficult to put into words for those who have never been through something
similar. We were given the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a completely foreign environment – and even better, one that was our focus of study. For those of us who dove heads first, absolutely everything became a learning experience worthy of discussion and reflection, whether it was interning in a professional environment, listening to the input of our Chinese counterparts in tutorial, or even eating in a local Shanghai restaurant. Our five months in China challenged me to think more critically and act more responsibly, and while the program is over, the perspectives I was exposed to have stayed with me.”
- Janet Xi, ArtsSci ’12