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Supportive, educational, and challenging
Submitted by Calli Storrs - Mills College | January 17, 2018
The teachers here in Nanjing put their heart and soul into what they do. So much consideration, planning, and effort goes into the time they spend with you, and they're always trying to think of ways to better their work and themselves too. One of our teachers was giving us tips for how to study, how to approach something we don't know, how to deal with certain unfamiliar interactions up until the last week, constantly trying to improve her teaching abilities and making the time we spent together incredibly effective. Not only are all the teachers in this program very skilled, they are also very warm people, like Thomas said, they welcomed us and we celebrated both U.S. and Chinese traditional holidays together. They push you for academic development, and like Tiara said, they push you for personal development.
To come back to the title of this review, I wanted to make something clear that can seem obvious but wasn't quite so for me. Studying Abroad should/will push you. That is not always a comfortable thing, and there were a few very hard moments, but you will only get out of it what you put in. The teachers and roommates and tutors are very supportive, and you can ask them questions if something makes you upset because you don't know why an interaction happened; there's usually a good reason for it. Don't hesitate to reach out, or accept support. The teachers definitely will check on you -- the classes are small enough they pay a lot of attention and care towards you.
By the end of your time in Nanjing, you will have learned so much, in the classroom, but also beyond the classroom. Nanjing's history as a city goes so far back, and it is a funny mix of both the old and the new, something I love. It honors its past and is excited for the future. You will visit many historical places, some fun, urban areas, and take part in many cultural activities that you could never dream of. And like Thomas said, Nanjing feels very safe. If you like smaller programs with little drama and that have close connections with your classmates and teachers, then CIEE Nanjing fits the bill.
It was an incredible experience, because of the people, teachers, fellow students, and roommates, and because of the places and program structure.
A hidden gem
Submitted by ThomasBoltron - Arizona State University | January 14, 2018
From day one, the teachers and staff are here for you. They truly make the experience personal and genuine, and will help you work through any cultural difficulties or academic struggles. The program usually consists of a small group of students, averaging 8-10 students. But unlike the other China programs in Shanghai and Beijing, there is no real distractions often accompanied with large cities. The cultural lifestyle of Nanjing is very safe and friendly, being a city mostly comprised of students and the elderly. This perfect location makes for a perfect chance to learn and enjoy the culture which can greatly complement your Chinese language studies. The teachers themselves allow classrooms to become a very inviting space for learning and sharing, and often every semester in this program, teachers and students all develop a deep relationship. Whether you're feeling homesick for the holidays, you have nothing to worry about. We celebrated Thanksgiving and Halloween, and even coordinated unplanned hiking trips with our teachers. As evidenced by everyone else writing reviews, the experience you can have in this program will be among the most memorable because of the teachers and friends that you meet here and the experiences you will create together.
CIEE Nanijing Chinese immersion program
Submitted by Tiara Wilson - University of Denver | January 13, 2018
I truly enjoyed studying in Nanjing. The program managed to truly challenge me without leaving me completely overwhelmed. I grew personally, academically, and immensely enhanced my Chinese language skills. The staff and my classmates were all really supportive and encouraging. I'll never forget my time there!
Most memorable experience!
Submitted by Andrew Fig - - | September 26, 2017
My name is Andrew and I studied at the CIEE Rome Institute in the fall of 2016. This experience was one that I will truly remember for a lifetime. Dr. Follo and all of the staff at the Global Institute were the most amazing people one could have asked to have as mentors and faculty going abroad. Going abroad I was a little apprehensive since this was the first semester that the Institute was established, but I hopped on a plane and headed over to Italy. From the first day I arrived at orientation to my farewell dinner the experience provided by CIEE was far beyond what I, or my parents, had expected. The housing provided to us was well beyond what a traditional college dorm would have been and far better! With this housing and the peer mentor provided I developed friends for life, as well as a better understanding of the Italian culture. Our peer mentor was a local who really knew the in's and out's of the city and provided us with the best immersion opportunity we could have. The location of not only the housing, but the school as well, was perfect for everything. Centered right in the middle of Rome in a safe and happening area, we were provided the best of both worlds. The learning experience was one of the best I had ever had, from daily field immersion trips to get hands on with the material we were learning to the group trips we took to learn about the history, I can not express enough how amazing this was for my education. The professors were highly knowledgable and experts in their perspective field of study, which really allowed us to thrive and learn far beyond a traditional class. I can not thank Dr. Follo and the staff at the CIEE Rome Campus enough for the experience and memories for life. This is truly an astonishing experience for anyone and I recommend it to all who are thinking about going abroad.
If you're not sure where to study abroad....go down under!
Submitted by Zachary - University of Washington | September 13, 2017
Australia is one of those places that people often hear about, and associate with beaches and a laid back lifestyle. Well it is that, and SO much more! There is so much natural beauty, adventure, and a lot more diversity than I had originally imagined. The food is incredible, and people are absolutely warm and welcoming. CIEE Wollongong had a smooth and easy process prior to departure, upon arrival, and during the duration of stay. The advisers are beyond keen to help in any way they can, and are always trying to make the stay for students the best one possible. More than just advisers, they have become my friends and international connections, of whom I still keep in touch to date. As for the Uni and academic life, classes are run a bit differently than traditional US schools, but not in a bad way. What I loved most about the Wollongong program was the location. There are some of the most beautiful & non-crowded beaches just down the way, and hiking just down the other way on the beautiful mountain range. Everything is easily accessible via free bus or train. Speaking of train, it only takes roughly an hour to get to Sydney! I literally was there every single week, multiple times a week, because there is SO much to see and do. From new food places, to events, to nightlife and more beaches...you'll never have a boring week. I had the time of my life for a term there, that when I got back to the States, I longed to be back in Oz. So much so....that I went back for a second go! Yes, I did the CIEE program twice, and let me just say it was so worth it! I'd honestly do it again if I could. I highly recommend this program to anyone seeking adventure, a new but comforting environment, and independence in such a unique county and culture.