Thousands of students from
over 100 countries have chosen to study, intern or travel in China with CSA. Check out what a few of them had to say about their experience...
My CSA experience was brilliant! Living away from home for the first time, I thought it might be a bit scary but the staff were lovely and I made some amazing friends right from the beginning. School was a bit intimidating at first as I started out knowing no Mandarin, but as I grew more confident with the language, the lessons started to become much appealing. Overall, I had the best month ever making some great friends and I hope to be back in the next few years.
From the time I arrived until the time I left, CSA was there to help. I instantly made a fun group of friends to discover Beijing with. Breaking my shoulder within the first month of my arrival, I was extremely grateful to be part of CSA. A staff member was at my dorm within 10 minutes to take me to the nearest hospital. I would highly recommend joining the CSA programme. With its awesome weekly tours and super friendly staff, Beijing quickly became one of my greatest experiences.
Every weekend CSA organize trips or activities for their students. It was just one fun activity after another. What impressed me even more about CSA is how international it was. I love to meet people from different cultures and I think CSA is like a melting pot. The CSA staff is AWESOME! At times I forgot that the staff were CSA’s employees because they were all just cool like that. Overall, I think I got more than I expected and will definitely go with CSA again.
CSA was awesome! It brings you together with a lovely group of people so you never feel alone or lost. The staff are fun, friendly and very helpful and will be there to help you out with anything that arises. They can help you out with anything from finding a homestay, to opening a bank account or taking you to the doctor if you get sick. I would have been lost without them. The tours they do are amazing, they took us places we wouldn't have easily gotten to on our own.
Through CSA, I travelled to China to study Mandarin for one year full-time, dividing my program between Kunming, Beijing and Shanghai. CSA tailored a language program to meet my goals and located accommodation to suit my requirements. The language program at Yunnan University has been made even more beneficial by the one-on-one tutorial session provided by CSA. I thoroughly recommend getting in touch with the CSA team to discuss tailoring a Chinese experience for you!
It was my first time traveling to China, therefore I was feeling pretty anxious. Luckily I had CSA to help me from start to finish. From selecting a program and answering all my questions to picking me up at the airport at 1am, CSA was always there. I met great friends through CSA and had a lot of fun on the excursions. Because of CSA, my first experience in China was everything I wished for and more.
My experience at CSA has been what some may call life-changing. If I had not joined CSA, I don’t believe that I would have ever tried sleeping at the great wall, going to a circus next to a bird’s nest, or trying some crazy foods that I didn’t even know you could eat! To me, CSA is my easy button. It’s the place I can go to for all my problems, no matter what time it is. I couldn’t have managed China with them!
CSA provided me with an unbelievable experience. They placed me with an excellent family and helped me get set up with school and provided me with an excellent tutor. They also helped me plan out a trip to Shanghai, they got all the tickets for me and when things got messed up, they were there all along the way. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to go to China.
CSA is everything you want in a study abroad program, and much more! I was very impressed with both the professionalism and organization of the entire experience, and above all, CSA knows how to have a great time.
The best gift the creator has given us is perhaps memory, for it allows us to playback, rewind, and fast forward things that have happened in our life. My memory with CSA is unique. While I was studying in China I was surrounded by an international community that reminded me of my time spent studying in the US. I had a great time studying in China and CSA played a substantial part in making my stay a memorable one. Thanks CSA for being warm, friendly and responsible in taking care all my needs there, both academically and with outside activities.
CSA got me to China in a week and a half. I rang up on a Wednesday and arrived 12 days later, on a Monday. My accommodation and course were excellent and I don't have any qualms about recommending the organisation. Most importantly though, the staff at CSA are the most helpful, friendly people you could ask for, always on the phone when you need anything and eager to get you to make the most out of your time in China.
For most students, their study abroad experience begins once they arrive in the country, but after 4 days of trying to get to China, mine started a lot sooner. Through many flight delays and cancellations, CSA was very professional and understanding and, even though I was 4 days late, had someone waiting for me at the airport. During my whole stay in China, CSA staff were easily accessible and more than willing to help (even if it was 1am and we were lost in Beijing). I was concerned that it would not be worth traveling to Shanghai to study for just 5 weeks; however, CSA helped make each moment an incredible experience. I have an innumerable amount of memories from my summer in China, and it was all possible because of CSA.
CSA was like a survival pack for my boyfriend and I. Having been the first time coming to China, not speaking the language and not knowing a single person, CSA Cormac was a friendly face who greeted us at the airport and made us feel less lost and 'foreign'. The entire CSA team is ever so helpful and will always greet you with a smile. You won't regret getting to know them.
Thanks to CSA, I had one of the best experiences studying overseas. Particular highlights was the homestay, one on one tutoring, and being introduced to people who were also studying the language. I am very greatful for the environment they provided to make learning Chinese as immersive as possible!
CSA is an excellent program and I would highly recommend the program to anyone who wants to learn more Chinese and learn more about China. It was awesome living with a Chinese family and really getting to know the people and their culture. Their classes were intensive and engaging and had immediate practical application. My teachers were very enthusiastic and have great strategies for helping you to use the material. My tutor was well trained and will help you to learn more Chinese than you thought was possible. I learned so much about China and I have a completely new perspective from when I arrived. The excursions with CSA were perfect for learning about historical sites, culture, and the food. Even if you want to go exploring on your own CSA's team knows all of the best places to visit. From camping on the Great wall, to bargaining in the Pearl Market, to foot massages, and the dinner table conversations I had with my host my trip to China was an experience that I will never forget.
From The moment I arrived in Beijing I was greeted with friendly staff from the CSA office (even though it was 2am!) and was taken to my dormitory and made sure I had everything i needed for my stay. I always had someone to call if needed as CSA provided me with a phone and contact numbers for any eventuality. I enjoyed studying at the university and loved the atmosphere with other CSA colleagues while exploring Beijing and the nightlife. I look Forward to coming back in a year with CSA for more learning and adventures.
So, banking in China… It might not seem the most interesting of topics, but its something every foreign student / expat in China needs to know.
After speaking with a lot of my fellow 同学们 (tóng xué men – class mates) about how they access and save their hard earned Chinese RMB, I was surprised to hear just how many of them didn’t hold bank accounts in China. Now, as a resident in China now for over 20 months, I found this very interesting, as I genuinely couldn’t imagine my life without my trusty Chinese bankcard. The general consensus amongst those without Chinese bank accounts was that they thought they ‘didn’t need it’ or thought that it was too much of a ‘hassle’ to get one. While the latter might be true at times, I genuinely feel the benefits far outweigh the negatives. To demonstrate this, I figured I’d tap out a handy blog for anyone thinking of coming to China and worrying about how they would cope financially.Read more ...