As an international student in Xinyu University

Published: 14-05-17 On: From: : Hits:

I begin my article with this quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” —- Mark Twain

These words were what a friend wrote to me as I left Ghana for study in China, getting acclimated to my new life as a study abroad student in Xinyu , Jiangxi China, including Asian toilets, boiling water, chopsticks, and culture and customs has a really been intriguing. First of all I would like to talk about how I deal with the language difference:

Generally Chinese people are very open and offer you a good environment to practice your language. I keep talking, asking, watching movies, listening to the Chinese music, and making many friends. I also practice Chinese writing through SMS, QQ, Weixin and so on... Chinese people are often shy when they approach foreigners but they like talking, playing with foreigners using their “Chinglish”. I really love it. “Chinglish” means “Chinese-English”, which is a mix of Chinese and English. For example: In Chinglish they say “I very love china”, in English we say “I love china very much”. hehe... they are friendly, interesting and lovely people.

My teachers and the program directors are not just exposing me to new cultures, teaching me a new language, and offering me adventures; I have realized they are helping me to become better acquainted with and more comfortable with myself, as well as constantly surrounding me with a group of people as passionate about learning and cultural exchange as I have always been. China is a place where I laughed, loved, and lived as a life I never had before.                                                                                                     

Every day life is just new and fulfilling. Living and interacting with local Chinese and immersing myself in Chinese society provides me with a new way of visualizing the world and giving me the kind of insight that just doesn't come from textbooks.

In Xinyu University, students are expected to stick to their timetable and attend every class. Good manners are important and it’s traditional to raise your hand to answer questions – one benefit of this is that teachers never randomly ask you anything! However, professors also promote and avidly participate in class discussions. A lot of teaching is delivered using Power Point presentations which really helps a lot in understanding.

Chinese food is also one of the great cultural shock experience.The Chinese eat nearly everything with chopsticks, in the case of soup, something resembling a small ladle is giving. the food on campus are mainly spicy and I personally like the "hot" taste.

During my leisure times, I spend time with my Chinese friends or watch some Chinese movies and of course they are in English subtitles. This is also one way to improve my Chinese. “Baoshi Park”, “Yantiangan Mountain” “Shidi Park” and other places are where I sometimes visit with my Chinese friends to play and have fun.

 Studying and living in China is not only academically and culturally fulfilling, but also fosters personal growth. I never regretted being here.

To sum it all up, choosing China, specifically Xinyu University for a higher education is a way to expand your horizons.







在和外国人接触时,中国人总是显得很害羞。但他们喜欢用中式英语和外国人交流。我很喜欢这种方式。中式英语其实就是中文和英文的混合。比如说,他们在表达“我非常爱中国”时会说 “I very love china”,而在英文中应该说 “I love china very much”。呵呵,他们都是友好、可爱、总能给人带来快乐的人。








/Eben(慕容彬) /单倩倩