Bethany Lutheran College and United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China, share an exchange agreement which allows students from both institutions to study on either campus. The UIC students study at Bethany during the fall semester and the Bethany students study at UIC during the spring. The beauty of this arrangement is that students already know someone from the school prior their arrival. Usually the exchange students are very instrumental in helping the next group settle in.
Zhuhai is located in the south of China, a ferry ride from Hong Kong. UIC is an English speaking liberal arts college of approximately 4000 students. The teaching staff is about 40% Chinese and 60% international, with more than twenty countries represented. Two Bethany faculty members have taught at UIC, Dr. Janet Moldstad (business administration) for a semester and Dr. Thomas Kuster (communication) for six weeks through a Fulbright Specialist grant.
business administration major
Alan studied at United International
College in Zhuhai, China, through
Bethany's exchange program.
I lived in a traditional dorm setting with a roommate. It was a good experience to help me get out of my comfort zone and accept the intricacies of another culture. My dorm was located in an area with several universities so I was surrounded by students. This allowed me to meet other students from many different backgrounds.
In what ways did studying abroad allow you to learn and grow?
Studying abroad has helped me to grow into the person that I am today in many ways. It has helped me realize that elaborate goals and aspirations are achievable through hard work and dedication. I would have never dreamed that it would be possible for me to study abroad, and the simple fact that I have been able to do so has been invaluable to me and my outlook on life.
In what ways did you connect with a new culture?
When visiting a different country, everything from the most mundane errands to elaborate trips are full of new and diverse experiences. I felt a complete immersion into a new and different culture.
Describe your best memory from this experience.
The relationships that I have built and continue to maintain have definitely been the most lasting effect of my time in China.