Activities and Opportunities
Students in this CCIS program live together, two to a room, in a standard dorm room with desks and beds and a private bath.
Students eat meals on-campus cafeterias and small restaurants with Nanjing University students and staff, or off-campus at one of the many nearby cafes.
Nanda clubs, activities, and sports are open to students. Students are encouraged to join!
Out of Class Program Features
As part of the orientation program, the Coordinator matches students with "Orientation Hosts", English-speaking Nanjing University students who want to meet Americans and improve their English. These Orientation Hosts act as a "cultural interpreters" who help U.S. students learn about Chinese culture and modern Chinese society.
There is an active out of class schedule of field trips each semester. These field trips support topics covered in the Culture and Society, History, Geography, and Literature course. Sample field trips may include:
• A one-day trip to Yangzhou to see Daming Temple, Slender West Lake, and to visit a kiwi orchard and local suburban village.
• A two-day trip to Wuxi and Suzhou, visiting the scenic and historic sights around Lake Tai and the major city gardens.
• A visit to the Qixia Buddhist Temple, the Thousand-Buddha Hill, and to the stone tablets, animals and cultural relics that remain from Ming Dynasty tombs.
• During the semester vacation, a trip to Beijing is scheduled (about 5 days), with visits to places such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and other scenic spots and places of historical interest in and around this ancient Chinese capital.
• There are also occasional afternoon field trips to places in and around Nanjing like temples, schools, the Nanjing Museum, a mosque, and other historical and cultural sites.
"I definitely gained lifelong friends. I liked having a small group because it was easier to get to know people better. I felt like I improved in my Chinese proficiency big time. It was worthwhile to go to China because my major is Chinese culture’s language and I got to experience all of this while I was there."
- Lindsey George, Washington College
"What I gained from this experience is more than I can write down. However, I can say that I have seen how studying in China has opened my eyes to something greater than myself. Being able to bridge differences through spending time with Chinese nationals and talking. I learned more doing this than anything else."
- Cheo Rochelle, University of Maryland
"I loved China; my over-all feelings about my experience are positive. My view of the world and my country has expanded enormously."
- Natalie Meyer, University of Idaho
"The best thing about CCIS is that it provides an inexpensive way to go to China and receive credit while doing so. Being in China is awesome; that is what is benefiting me."
- Peter Litman, Richard Stockton College
"The experience was very enriching, definitely worthwhile. I not only learned through school, but more through the students I taught, the friends I made and the fellow program members. One thing is for sure: The people in the program make the trip. We had a variety of students, different ethnicities, likes, dislikes, hobbies, specializations, and religions. Wonderful, I was never bored. It was like being in a U.N. of students. I would, and will, recommend this program, and the whole study abroad experience."
- Mary Jane Bensick, College of Staten Island/CUNY
"The China study abroad program was one of the most worthwhile experiences of my life. I got to see life and the world from an entirely different perspective. Studying the language was a lot of fun, and through exploring China I saw things I never thought I'd see."
- Patricia Quan, Baruch College/CUNY