Summer 2013, Volume I
Greetings from Shanghai!
I cannot believe that our summer semester has come to an end! Students finished their final exams, papers, and presentations today and will depart Shanghai on Sunday. We hosted a Farewell & Certificate Ceremony in honor of all our students’ accomplishments throughout the term. Entire Chinese language classes and individual students performed songs, skits, and even Chinese classical drama as a culmination and celebration of what they have learned. The farewell dinner, which will take place during a cruise along the Huangpu River, will be a way for staff, students, teachers, host families, and Chinese roommates to say '再见'.
During the short and intensive eight weeks, students not only became accustomed to daily life through language and culture but also were able to experience different parts of China via our program excursions. This term, our study center staff led trips to Xi'an, Beijing, and Guilin, and students were able to learn more about each city's unique qualities and history. During the weekends, each CIEE student also explored different cities and regions on their own, integrating classroom learning with outside-of-class experience.
When students are not in class, they are navigating different aspects of daily life, from learning the ways of Shanghai public transportation to ordering from a Chinese-only menu. In addition to langauge class activities, the CIEE Shanghai Study Center hosted a few events and activities to help students integrate with the local community.
We have seen record high heat this summer, and I congratulate our 81 students from 37 universities for 'sticking' to their academic, and cultural and linguistic goals!