This summer, 10 UFV students and Study Abroad Coordinator, Jag Deol, will take in 4,000 years of civilization in three weeks through the China Study Tour, organized in collaboration with Wuhan University, one of UFV’s partner universities.
“This is going to be a complete cultural and language immersion experience,” says Jag, who has been working with UFV Abroad for two years. “For me personally, it is a milestone. I’ve helped sent dozens of students abroad, but now I get to go, study Mandarin, and have a firsthand cross-cultural experience.”
The group will have the opportunity to learn about ancient and modern China, and receive instruction in calligraphy, Tai Chi, and Chinese paper cutting. There will also be daily Mandarin classes, which will entitle students to three UFV credits. The tour includes sightseeing excursions to Beijing and Shanghai.
Interested students can also participate in a paid co-op opportunity and deliver English language courses to students in Wuhan University. Not only can participants gain teaching experience, but also engage with Chinese students to deepen their exchange experience.
“I see the power of an immersion experience every time students come back from a stint abroad with new energy and insights,” Jag says. “I have no doubt that this trip will enrich me both personally and professionally.”
“When I talk about UFV Abroad,” Jag continues, “many people assume that study exchanges are only for students. That is what I thought myself when I first came to UFV. But that is not the case: just like me, staff and faculty can also travel, research or teach abroad.”
Opportunities for staff and faculty exchanges exist with partner universities. UFV Abroad can also assist if you would like to develop your own exchange or research abroad experience. Get in touch to discuss your ideas and learn more.