Orientation & Debriefing

A pre-orientation package will include selected readings on China and Intercultural Studies from a variety of sources.

The first three days of the program are devoted to orientation to acquaint students with all aspects of the program and their new home on campus. Students will meet program staff and be introduced to Shanghai through lectures, excursions, group discussions, films and social gatherings.

The Resident Director covers topics such as housing, transportation, recreation, and health and safety. Students will learn about the program objectives, discuss their personal and academic goals, and attend group meetings that address issues of cross-cultural living, learning and adaptation in China.

During the final two days of the program, students participate in a debriefing and program evaluation session to discuss their experiences and the outcomes of their learning and have the opportunity to do more local touring and visiting with new friends. Students will also acquire strategies for integrating their overseas learning in their lives and studies back home.