Academic Explorers Ltd.
Embark on an exploration of China through the intensive study of martial arts and Mandarin Chinese. Guided by experienced instructors, participants will quickly grasp the...
Academic Explorers Winter Program
Submitted by Magnus - Beijing | December 15, 2015
When I first read the reviews about this program on various go abroad review sites, I didn't believe it was real. Having spent a lot of time online, I was used to the fake reviews for infomertical-esque web products, but confounded as to how a go abroad program could've gathered so many good reviews.
So I researched the program more and spent dozens of emails back and forth with Sabrina who runs the program.
After more questions, I took a Skype call with Sabrina and by then I was definitely sure the reviews weren't fake and Academic Explores was something I'd like to do.
And boy was I fortunate to not have disregarded the program because I thought the reviews were fake ... The time I spent in Beijing on Academic Explorers has been some of the most rewarding, challenging and interesting period of my life.
I went from speaking very little Chinese to in 3 months being able to have good conversations with local Beijingers I meet in my daily life. I hadn't done any serious martial arts before I came to the program, but 3 months later I knew several different types of martial arts and half a dozen different martial arts routines.
Those are the tangible things I learned when on the program, more importantly is the intangible things I learned when spending 3 months in Beijing on the program. I changed drastically as a person to the better, became more independent, more open to others, and generally a more healthy, happy person.
All in all, I would recommend Academic Explorers to those who truly wants to improve themselves. This program is not for everyone. It is for those who are not content with being alongside the chumps of the world playing the world at standard pace. If you are want to work hard, learn crazy amounts and become a better person, Academic Explorers is the best thing out there.
Unforgettable Immersion in Beijing
Submitted by Will Cabaniss - University of Chicago | September 15, 2015
Academic Explorers provides one of the most comprehensive, intense cultural immersion experiences of any program in China. I participated in the program during the Spring of 2014 on a gap year. The program connected me with a vast array of experienced languages teachers and skilled martial arts masters. But beyond that, the language skills you'll develop during the two-hour Mandarin classes will guide you through your experience and Beijing (and help you conquer any college class). The martial arts classes you take will inform your experience in China and enhance your understanding of Chinese culture. This is a program that changed my life. It has the potential to change yours, too.