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Use whatever Chinese you know on the streets as soon as you arrive - that is how you improve!

Grace Thompson
St. Olaf College

Participant in Chengdu, China

 

China Study Abroad Programs

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Currency: Chinese yuan (CNY)

China as a whole is in rapid evolution with the construction of high-rise office and apartment buildings visible everywhere. With a population of 1.3 billion, China has an enormous consumer base which has caught the attention of businesses around the world. The transformation of its social, political, and economic dimensions has also brought a new openness and interest in foreigners. Since English is a required course in schools for children over 12, you will find that many Chinese are interested in practicing their English and showing you their city and country. This is particularly true in Chengdu where Westerners, while not entirely uncommon, are still somewhat of a novelty.

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