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I had a great experience here. It made me more independent, braver, and helped me make friends from all over the world. I met my really good friends in my Chinese Media and Politics class and International Law, and the materials and professors and TAs were so helpful and kind to actually made me get a better grasp of the content of the courses. There are also many cats in the campus. I really love them. If you want to meet some really good people, learn some interesting stuff, and pet very fat cats, come to Fudan.
I come to FISS because I study in China Studies at my home university, and I want to know more about this country and look for more different insights from other courses I can’t attend at my home university. I really like the cultural activities from FISS besides classes. They are creative and also give you more insights from other topics you usually can attend only in your free time. It was a great time here, I really enjoy it.
I come from Belgium, 23 years old and majoring in Finance and Economics. I came to SH to broaden my experience and I can share with you SH has done that. Shanghai is a lovely city and I can compare it to nothing else. I think it’s the best in the whole of China to be. I used to live in Chengdu for one year, and it was a very different experience from SH. I think Fudan is the best university to be if you want to study in SH. So I am very glad I could have this experience and I’m eternally grateful for being able to apply for Fudan.
I join FISS because I want to see what Shanghai is like. I’ve been living in Hong Kong now for seven years. It would be interesting to see how financial centre operates in the world. I am grateful to find a community of friends. People in FISS have a very open-mind, and they are also seeking new friendships. It’s interesting to have people from all over the world. Thankfully, I’ve been able to meet people from Mexico, there are not that many in Hong Kong. Now here I’ve been able to have a wide range of friends, from different parts of my country and allow me to learn from different cultures within my country, something I would not have seen if I hadn’t come to FISS. It was a very big surprise and that’s why I would recommend for anyone to come here. You will find great people and amazing friends here, very open-mind and interested in learning as well as exploring the city.
I think the overall summer session was very nice, I got the chance to take the courses that are not included in my major studies and this helps me to broaden my horizon. I could acquire knowledge that I am interested in, which is a great opportunity for me. The syllabus and topics are great and fun to learn.
At first, I was hesitant to take up any virtual programs having done 3 other exchanges face-to-face. But I'm glad I came across Fudan University International Summer Session's (FISS) virtual offerings where I was able to fast-track my studies across 6 weeks through taking up International Trade and Elementary Chinese courses. The classes were fun and interesting. It was a space where I felt like I was able to genuinely challenge my assumptions. One highlight was in International Trade class, where teaching staff hosted a Guest Speaker lecture to deep dive into a topic and initiate interactive forum discussions which I found insightful. I also enjoyed the group tasks, it was very collaborative, it taught me about working with different time zones, and find common ground with others.
My time at Fudan was really enjoyable and I can’t believe the current session is almost over. I met a lot of amazing people, took part in interesting classes and learned some mandarin as well. The Fudan ISS is a great experience!
I came here with my brother. We've both had a wonderful time here. We've got to learn a lot of new things. The teachers have been super helpful, super friendly as well as very knowledgeable about all the topics that we've been learning. Our Chinese has also drastically improved. My brother and I are from Myanmar and we are both very proud to experience how China's influences are growing around the world with other international students here at Fudan.
I come from Denmark but I study in London, England. This has been a much more substantial experience than I could have ever imagined. Though time seems to pass really fast, we actually manage to achieve so much! I found my favorite course was International Law. My professor, Zhang Naigen, was super helpful. I always had the impression that he was there to support us. He was always very clear about what he wanted us to learn. As an International Relations student who is interested in International Law but never has it taught before, I thought this was really a meaningful introduction and I really gained a new interest in it.
In this one-month program, I have got a chance to take a close look at Shanghai, the Oriental Pearl. It is my first time in Shanghai. When I got to Shanghai, I found that I preferred to walk in the ordinary streets to observe and participate in the local lives rather than go to the attractions. I take a sociology course and we have to do group projects. So I have four group mates and they are all very interesting. We talked about philosophy, values of life, etc. with controversy. So I think the life of spending time with these friends is very interesting. And the teachers' assistants are very helpful and supportive. They always send the announcements and important notices to us in time so that we don't have to worry about missing important events.
I will definitely recommend them to come here because I believe it is a once-in-a-life opportunity to get to know the Chinese culture with your international friends. Actually there are people from all over the world living with you and discovering this super-rich-culture country. And we have very good professors also from all over the world. It’s very interesting.
To sum up the Fudan International Summer Session in one word, it is amazing. It was really crazy. It’s one-month really intensive courses and the professors are extremely well-trained. I am someone who is interested in management and arts, it was also a great opportunity for me to go out in Shanghai to explore the city.
I chose Fudan Summer Session sort of out of curiosity. To be honest, I have never really had a course on China in university so I am definitely not a China expert. The only thing I knew was from the news. Fudan offers a wide range of courses from all kinds of disciplines that you can choose, also language courses and sports courses. The summer session just seemed like a perfect opportunity to get some insights into how living in this country actually is and what the people are like.
I feel that I have been beyond fulfilled of this because it has gone far beyond my expectations in terms of exposures to the language and the culture. I think anybody that comes here should step out of their major and make progress to take something that will give them new perspectives on China. Even more it is the people I have met in this program. The most striking thing to me about the program is how friendly the international students are.
It’s been a really interesting experience being in Fudan University. The instructors’ English is very good. I was not certain what to expect but I was not at all disappointed. I took 2 Chinese history courses. Honestly, they were really helpful in my understanding of Chinese history and culture. I feel like I really have a much better grasp now than I first came.
I like the International Trade course because it is very theoretic and the way the course is taught is very standard just like in Canada. I also take the Cultural Resource course. That one is much more open because it’s more artistic and creative and we did a lot of field trips to learn more about Shanghai, infrastructure, culture, history and the Shanghai resources, the brand of the city. So in that case the course is very different and diverse. So it is standard to certain degree but it is also more creative.
My favorite course is Topics in Development Economics because the professor always stimulated us to think more. He asked some critical questions so that we can learn more about the economy. Meanwhile we can train our critical thinking. I think it is very important for university students to learn how to think critically. This course has really stimulated my interest towards economy.
The lectures were deep and insightful. It offered a good analysis and discussion on the Chinese economy and society, packed in two month. It is invaluable especially when all the lectures and economics concepts are applied specially to the Chinese context with cases, including the company visits. * Comment about the Lecture Series on Chinese Economy and Society.
The Fudan summer program has been a fantastic experience. I feel that I will leave Shanghai knowing a lot more about China than I did when I arrived! The diverse activities we have participated in, including tai chi, acrobatic show, visits to Hangzhou and Tongli and many others have enriched the experience. I also learned a lot about the Chinese business environment and modern economy through my courses.
I really enjoyed this summer program!! Not only did I get to study in one of the most prestigious universities in China for a whole summer, but I also got to meet a lot of international friends who have the same interests as me. I learned about Shanghai and how beautiful it is and have had such a great time in the extra-curricular activities, such as the acrobat show and making jiaozi. This really is an experience I will never forget!