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The China FAQ

 
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During a recent Skype call with my family, I suddenly had an epiphany. I used to think it was just Chinese people who used to ask the same old questions about my time in China, but in reality, us Westerners are equally guilty of it too. As I sit here in the office listening to this weeks band of choice (Mumford and Sons) on a quiet Monday I figured I’d answer these questions once and for all. Partly because it would make a good blog, and partly because next time some old family friend starts up the familiar template of questions, I can just pass them a card with a link to this blog and talk about something more pressing like ‘how Crystal Palace’s season went’. 
 

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Choosing The Right Study Abroad Company

 

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Despite your confidence in where you want to take your studies, now’s the time to think more proactively about WHO you want to study in China with. (Who? Like my friends? My mom? My grandma?) No, no, no. What we mean is… what company you’d like to study in China through.

As of now, there are three main ways you can study in China:

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Reflections on Studying in China

 

 

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I'm a third generation Malaysian Chinese who's been living in New Zealand for the past decade. The three main languages that I know are English, Malay and Mandarin - ranked specifically in that order to reflect my level of proficiency in each. I’ve been to quite a few places but the prospect of coming to China scared me even more than when I went to an ex-Soviet country for 2 months (I stuck out like a sore thumb as I could barely read the Cyrillic alphabet). Last year, I had a gap in between my jobs so I decided to bite the bullet and go to Beijing for 3 months to work on my kindergarten-level Mandarin.
 
I’m so infinitely glad that I did because I loved the experience so much more than I thought I would have.
 
Why? Well…

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Xian Trip Spring 2015

 

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For those of you who pay keen attention to CSA on social media, you might have noticed a slight surge in marketing for our Xian trip in recent weeks. Well, I’m very glad to report a successfully delivered trip to the city, which first ignited my passion for ‘all things China’. For those of you who didn’t go however, all is not lost, for we have a wealth of

 to show as well as a timely write-up provided by my good self.

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Five biggest challenges to overcome in the classroom.

 
confused-studentAs I am sure we are all aware of by this point, learning the Chinese language is no walk in the park. In some ways, Mandarin learners who move to China to study have their work cut out for them – after all, your entire environment presents learning opportunities. Easy peezy, right??
 
However, in our excitement for moving abroad and anticipation of how living in China will do wonders for your language skills, we tend to overlook the number of real challenges that face students in a Chinese language classroom.



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5 misconceptions students have about studying in China

 

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Studying in China is not for the faint hearted. Not only are you battling language barriers left and right, you’ll also be tackling an entirely different education system, one that’s heavily reliant on examinations, repetition, and face - and that’s after you’ve squared away your registration, housing, and placement tests!
 
For those first-timers coming to China, the easiest route to go will be to arrive with a study abroad organisation (like CSA, ding ding ding!) or through your home university. If you’ve done the short-term study thing and are looking for something with a little more meat, you might very well be able to organise a year+ long program directly at a Chinese university. However, be aware of these (sometimes hard to swallow) truths about life in China for students:
 

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  • Beijing

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    3610 Capital Mansions,
    6 Xinyuan Nan Road, Chaoyang
    Beijing, 100027
    Phone: (+86) 10 8468 3799 
  • London

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    154 Bishopsgate
    London EC2M 4LN
    United Kingdom
    Phone: (+44) 0207 377 84 
  • Hong Kong

    China Study Abroad Ltd
    Rm 604-7 Dominion Centre
    43-59 Queen’s Road East
    Hong Kong
    Phone: (+852) 800 968 924 

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