Looking Back on 8 months in China

Hey Everybody, I made it safely back to the United States around a week ago and it seems like a good time to reflect on what has been an incredible experience. After spending the whole summer in Dalian, China, I followed that up with a semester in Shanghai. In Shanghai I studied at East China…

Finishing up in China

My time in China is finally wrapping up and things are coming to a close. I just finished up my time at my internship with Arpin International Group which is a shipping company in Shanghai. I had great coworkers and I did a lot of different work and projects. I think that finding out what…

Things to know before you come to China

So the first time arriving in China can be a bit overwhelming even for the most seasoned traveler. Everything is different; the language, culture and food. I have created a list of the things that I wish people had told me before I got to China. Leave the manners at home: I have always grown…

Top 3 Things to do in Shanghai

Hi Everybody, Only 2 weeks left in Shanghai, so I have been trying to do everything in the city before I leave. What I have found with Shanghai is that many of the main tourist sites are very so-so. If you google top things to do in Shanghai I am sure things that will pop…

Weekend in Wuhu

Hi Everybody, I just got back from a trip to Wuhu which is in the Anhui province. I would think that almost all Americans have never even heard of this city. It is a city without any tourist sites, it’s not particularly large and there isn’t a ton to do. So the question is why…

Life in the Paris of the East

  Hey Everybody! Things have been fantastic in Shanghai, but definitely staying really busy. I have always heard that study abroad would be a fun trip with more of a focus on having fun then on the studies, but it seems my adventure is the opposite. The school aspect has been pretty manageable with my…

Arriving in Shanghai

Hey Everybody! My semester in Shanghai has begun. I am going to school at East China Normal University (ECNU). This school is one of the top schools in China known for their teaching program. I decided to do the Business Language and Culture program because it allows me to take a wide range of classes…

Semester in Shanghai

Hey Guys! My name is Michael Andrews and I am Junior at the University of Pittsburgh. I am double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management with a minor in Chinese. So I guess it is easy enough to deduce where I am headed; Shanghai. Shanghai being the financial capital of China and one of…

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…