Introduction: CIEE Shanghai

Since the end of the CET Harbin program until the start of my next study abroad program CIEE Shanghai, I have actually not left China and do not plan on going back to the US until December. In total, my whole entire study abroad venture in China is just over six months. Two months in…

Give me a minute…

Reflecting back on the past two months in Harbin, my time in Harbin has completely flown by. Looking back to the beginning of the program where I could barely exchange simple information in Mandarin to now confidently telling a Chinese person who is trying to cut a line to buy a train ticket to go…

What did you have for dinner?

Since I have been to China before, I forget to share major differences between Chinese and American culture, so I want to share and talk about a few different Chinese cultural habits that I have come across in Harbin and my previous travels to China. The first one I wanted to share and I have…

Learning How to Cook Chinese Food

While I have been here in Harbin, I have been taking four different Chinese language classes: a one on one, one on two, conversational seminar, and a newspaper reading class. The one-on-one class, I can study a topic of my choice and I decided to study finance and investing in China. The topics I have studied…

Feng Huang Mountain

Not too long ago, I had a really great opportunity to travel to a place outside of Harbin for two days called Feng Huang Mountain which is about four and a half-hour drive outside of Harbin. Feng Huang Mountain is a big tourist destination where people all around China come to Feng Huang Mountain and…

Language Pledge & Reality

Before arriving in Harbin, my expectations for the program to be a little academically challenging study abroad program where you can have plenty of free time and can tour around every other day. But, I was wrong. I am in the classroom much more than I expected and I find myself studying most of the…

Dorm Life in China

Hello everyone! I am finally here in Harbin! I have been here in Harbin for two weeks as of today and I am just about fully acclimated. It has just been over a week and a half since I have started my Chinese language pledge. Yes, you heard me correctly, a language pledge, where I…

Introduction: CET Harbin

Hi there everyone, My name is Sean Laufer and I am currently a sophomore here at the University of Pittsburgh double majoring in Finance and Chinese with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Asian Studies. Why Chinese? Ever since I was a little kid, I watched my dad travel all around the world…