Where did you study?
Name of program
China Summer Law Study
Why did you choose to study there?
An interest in China and an introduction to
What courses did you choose to enroll
The course is set and is an overview of Chinese law with
many comparisons with American law.
How did you pay for your study abroad
All loans :(
Did you use some sort of financial
aid, scholarship or fellowship?
What was your living situation?
We stayed at a hotel in the "Global Village" of Peking
University. The village is "westernized" for the
University's international visitors. It's a westernized
hotel and pleasant. I shared the room with 1 roommate
and the toilets were western which is key. We had our
own bathroom and internet access. No complaints really.
Tea soaked hard-boiled eggs with pickled stuff and a cup
of coffee was my standard breakfast for the 3 weeks.
What did you do for fun?
Went sightseeing mostly. The program has a bunch of
trips incorporated into it that hits a lot of the major
points. The allocated times given can be awful short
though so we'd stay at the place and let the bus go
without us to fully explore. My favorite visit was to
Beihai Park for sure and the trip to Xi'an was an
Favorite aspect of your trip?
Being introduced to Chinese culture and its history. I
really didn't know much before I went on the trip. I am
glad my first time to Asia was in a class room
experience where I learned about some of the history
involved. It made the experience for me even if some of
the material was dry.
Challenges you faced?
The *constant* everything. There is always a ton of
people and noise around ALL the time. It's hard to feel
Advice or helpful tips for future
Don't pack jeans - it's too hot. Pack fabrics that flow.
Again, it's hot so pack lots of shorts, skirts, and
sandals, but the classroom is insanely COLD. Get a suit
made - I didn't but wish I had now. It seemed like too
much of a time commitment then. Get your gifts as you
see them, getting back to a particular place is time
consuming & can cut into other excursions. By pearls
with Nancy : ) Go to the Symphony or Opera. Plan your
free weekend asap & bring a Chinese law student along!
Make some time to study for the exam; it's harder than
everyone says it is. Be ready for some HUGE jet-lag on
the return. It was painful. I started my summer
internship 2 days after returning home; I don't
recommend doing that.
What is one thing (if anything) that
you would change about your experience if you could do
I wouldn't have missed my out-going flight :) DRAMA
Funny or memorable story?
The train to Xi'an was quite memorable. Running around
in the train station with huge packs was an adventure.
Taxi's didn't want to pick up a bunch of Americans with
packs that weren't going to the airport so we were a tad
rushed. The toilet is nasty and the compartments for
sleeping are tiny - it's like being on a plane were
everybody moves around, plays cards, and smokes. I
strongly suggest buying the deluxe sleepers if possible.
The extra 4ft can make a nice difference. They're rare
so just be sure to book a sleeper; sitting or standing
for 12hrs is your other option. It's a quick weekend.
12hrs there, 12hrs back and about 1.5days to see the
terra cotta soldiers.
Something interesting you learned
about the town you lived in?
I learned EVERYTHING about China's history not just
Beijing. I wish I could have gone out into the
countryside a bit, but there was no time. Watch the
"Last Emperor" if you want some insight into Chinese
history, especially Beijing before you go...