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…

Back Home… For Now

    My two months in Dalian have come to an end and it really has been a whirlwind. From living in a Chinese family to taking a language pledge only to speak Chinese, I really believe that I made the most out of this opportunity. For my first time visiting mainland China this program…

Green Onions and Good Company

So I have been in Dalian for around seven weeks now (still with no reliable internet), so I think it’s about time to talk about a unique aspect of my program; living with a host family. The only real way to understand and experience Chinese culture is to live with a Chinese family. I was…