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China experience for summer school students

At the Temple of Heaven, Beijing.

At the Temple of Heaven, Beijing.

Students enjoyed a ‘life-changing’ experience when they immersed themselves in Chinese culture for the University of Portsmouth’s first ever overseas summer school.

The University joined forces with Shanghai Maritime University to offer 28 students the opportunity, which saw them spend two weeks in the city learning about Chinese society and business, and enjoying sightseeing trips to world-famous attractions.

The students attended daily classes, where they learned about the culture, economy and institutions of modern China. They were also taught Mandarin, kung fu and calligraphy, and visited major tourist destinations including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City – the 15th century imperial palace that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. They also spent a weekend in Beijing, the Chinese capital.

Senior international marketing officer Laura Knowles, who accompanied the party, said: “It was an amazing experience, and a life-changing one for many of the students. We saw so many incredible sights, including the Summer Palace and Shanghai Museum, and learned a lot about Chinese culture. We ate some incredible food too – although chicken’s feet and mouldy eggs proved a bit of a challenge for some!”

Visiting the Great Wall.

Visiting the Great Wall.

International Director Joe Docherty added: “It’s an amazing privilege to be able to spend time in the vibrant cities of Shanghai and Beijing and to see the Chinese economic and social miracle at first hand.

“It’s very much part of our strategy commitment to provide a range of career-enhancing opportunities to all our students.”

Another overseas summer school will take place next year. Email for more.



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