Three incredible weeks in China – Peking University Summer Programme

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Nick shares his experience at Peking University, Beijing as part of the Summer Programme.

I had the most incredible three weeks in China at the end of 2016, and I am forever grateful that I was able to participate in the Peking University Summer Programme. I strongly believe that three weeks of summer school overseas can teach more life skills than an entire year in the classroom.

For the duration of our programme we were based on campus at Peking University, where we were constantly amazed by what the campus had to offer. Upon our arrival on campus we were greeted by a Colour Run that spanned the campus and showed just how picturesque Peking University is  in winter.

On campus we attended various workshops and seminars in Peking’s School of Foreign Languages, which were both informative and culturally enriching. I was also able to meet a bunch of international law students and attend classes with them, giving me insight into life on campus for an international student.

Beyond the campus, we were provided with many opportunities to soak up the rich history and culture of Beijing, allowing us to put our classroom knowledge into perspective. One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the Great Wall of China. It is one of those things that the pictures can’t do it justice: you really have to experience it to understand just how incredible it is.

I also thoroughly enjoyed exploring the city in my down time, which is where I felt I developed an understanding of the heart of Beijing. Personal highlights of my exploring include: navigating the subway system, ordering hot pot in a hutong street alley, discovering hidden markets, and taking a bullet train to Tianjin. It is these experiences that undoubtedly broadened my horizons and taught me many important life skills.

China is an incredible country, and I’m eager to return in the future. I can’t recommend the programme enough to anyone who is thinking about applying, as it has hands down been the highlight of my university experience so far.

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