4th Year Student
I spent my time at Beijing Culture & Language University, where I studied the Mandarin Chinese dialect. While it was definitely work-intensive, it was also instrumental in helping me improve my abilities in Chinese. I had two great teachers that would teach me two hours each from Monday through Friday, and I would also frequently go to the Chinese Corner to practice speaking Chinese with others.
Hello, this is Dominic LaPere. I am a fourth-year student enrolled at Huron University. For my third-year, I decided to embark on a journey I had never experienced before: that is, the most-populous country in the world, China!
My time in China was relatively short, spanning from mid-February to early-July. However, during that time, I managed to learn and experience a lot about the region’s culture, people and ways of life. Thanks to Huron’s Exchange Program, I visited The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, urban streets and rural roads. Throughout my travels, I recognized China as an impressive land of contrasts.
I spent my time at Beijing Culture & Language University where I studied the Mandarin Chinese dialect. While it was definitely work-intensive, it was also instrumental in helping me improve my linguistic abilities. I had two great teachers who each taught me for two hours from Monday through Friday. To build upon their lessons, I would also frequently go to the Chinese Corner to practice speaking Chinese with other people.
While a large portion of my time was spent on schoolwork and studying, I also engaged in hobbies that I thoroughly enjoyed. I really liked walking around the streets of Beijing where I was able to observe common daily life. I took the subway to visit certain parts of the city every once in a while. I admit I also had a bit of an obsession looking through Taobao, which is essentially the equivalent to our eBay, to see what there was. Some of the items were…interesting, to say the least!
I liked my classmates quite a bit. We would often visit parks and eat together. Sometimes, we’d do something entirely different like going to the Beijing Zoo. The best part was, from Canada to Korea, my class incorporated students from around the world.
Of course, every experience can’t be all roses and there were some aspects of my exchange I needed to adjust to – such as the climate. Additionally, the censorship of the internet was something I had to learn to work around. Overall though, I would say my experience was definitely a positive one. I would absolutely recommend others take advantage of the opportunity to travel abroad during their studies!