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Dalian University of Technology Program on the Chinese Economy and Language Studies
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Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black

Paterno Fellow
Majors: International Politics (International Relations Option), Asian Studies
Minors: Chinese and History
Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

This study abroad program was mentioned to me by my Honors Advisor, and I later looked in to the courses that were offered at Dalian University of Technology during this program.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience was incredibly eye-opening. The weekend trips, some organized by the program and some independent, were crucial. I enjoyed seeing all the different aspects of China: the industrial cities and huge population, the rice paddies and farmlands, and China's fantastic High-Speed Trains. The hosts were extremely kind and accommodating, and the courses were engaging from the perspective of many different academic tracks.

"I learned a great deal about the Chinese economic system via the courses, but simply speaking with professors and people at the university was incredibly helpful."

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, this program reinforced my interest in China. It allowed me to hone in on the areas where my studies need to intensify, and satisfied the parts that had been lacking. I learned a great deal about the Chinese economic system via the courses, but simply speaking with professors and people at the university was incredibly helpful.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I plan to attend graduate school in the foreign affairs field with a focus on East Asia and China. This program had a significant impact by showing me where my true interest lies in regard to China, and where I need to invest more time and effort.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this program, but would caution that it is not the best option for learning Chinese if that is your goal. All told, this is a great program!

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