During the summer session, from June to August of 2017, I went to study at Fudan University, located in Shanghai, China. I took three different courses: Chinese Mandarin; International Investment Law; and Political Culture & Public Opinion in Contemporary China. Fudan University’s building contained not only the school, but also a five-star hotel, restaurants and dormitories. At first, the school seemed intimidating, but the locals were very welcoming.
|Cheikh at Fudan University|
|Friends from around the world|
The classroom experience was very surprising. The technology used was very advanced and we learned while using automatic smart-boards. The students in the classroom were from all cultures and customs. These people were from Canada, England, Singapore, Sweden and the United States, among others. Everyone was serious about learning. In addition, the professor was very helpful and engaging.
Through the study abroad program, I was able to take part in viewing historical sites in China. One site that I visited was in Hangzhou, which is 2 hours away from Shanghai by bullet train. Once arriving close to the site, our class had to take a boat to get to the destination. I went to a Chinese temple on top of a pond. Inside were photos and icons of the Buddhist religion.
Travel is incredibly important--and I'm just beginning. In the Spring of 2018, I'm off to Florence, Italy for another adventure!