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Bridget Devery writes about her recent experience at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Summer Chinese Business Program.
In July 2016, I travelled to Shanghai, along with a classmate, for the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Summer Chinese Business Program. Overall it was a wonderful opportunity that enriched my language learning and cultural understanding.
I was selected by my lecturer in Chinese 6 to apply for the program. The application process was straightforward, needing a valid passport, basic information, and a short essay (In Chinese) explaining why we wanted to attend.
The scholarship provided covered tuition, accommodation, most meals, transport around Shanghai, 1500RMB spending money and several excursions. Out of pocket expenses were flights, visa costs and travel insurance.
The highlights of the trip included meeting people from all over Europe who studied Chinese, visiting famous firms around Shanghai, learning from some amazing lecturers and plenty of spare time to explore the city of Shanghai.
I have some incredible memories from my time at SUFE. I formed a very close bond with my roommate and made friends among my classmate who have remained a part of my life even though we went back to our respective homes on other sides of the world.
The HongKou Plaza was walking distance from our accommodation and was the most amazing shopping mall I have ever visited. It blew my mind as a kid from regional NSW!
I would never have been able to afford overseas study without the generous scholarship. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teacher at the time, Dr Yanyin Zhang, for informing me of this course.
• Study a CBE major such as International Business, Finance, or Accounting (but especially relevant to finance)
• Have a Chinese level of Modern Chinese 5 or above
• Are looking for an overseas study option that doesn’t involve a huge financial or time investment
• Have a non-Chinese background
Then I highly recommend you ask your Chinese teacher about this opportunity.