Study trip China

 Experience China "from the inside
 A study trip of the Studierendenwerk Freiburg-Schwarzwald
 03 to 24 September 2019

Deadline for registration: 31.05.2019

Within the framework of its partnership with Nankai University in Tianjin, the Studierendenwerk Freiburg offers thirty students from the Freiburg-Schwarzwald university region (Freiburg, Offenburg, Kehl, Furtwangen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Lörrach) the opportunity to get to know China "from the inside".

The study trip from 03 to 24 September 2019 offers a wide range of insights into universities, culture, business and politics and enables intensive encounters with Chinese students. In addition, there will of course also be tourist highlights on the programme, e.g. a week's stay in Beijing with a visit to the Forbidden City and a visit to the Great Wall.

The programme is aimed at all students who are interested in establishing contacts with China, a rapidly rising economic power, during their studies and who could possibly profit from this later in their professional lives.

The costs for the three-week stay amount to 1360,- Euro (flight, airport transfer, visa costs and personal contribution for accommodation and meals). Optional plus travel cancellation insurance 35,- Euro (the insurance contract will be concluded on 15.6.2019). The VISA application is submitted by the student union as a group application.

No further costs will be incurred. Accommodation will take place on the Nankai University campus, the programme will be designed and supervised by the university.

Further information and details on the programme are available immediately from Ms Yin Lin on 0761 2101 212 or lin(at)swfr.de. A binding registration and payment of travel expenses will then be required by 31 May 2019.

Students from the Freiburg-Schwarzwald university region are eligible to participate. Participants on study trips in recent years are generally excluded from repeated participation.

Travel language:

German / English / Chinese

Knowledge of the Chinese language is advantageous, but not mandatory.

A German language level of at least C1 is required.

Programme Information:

Intensive encounters with Chinese students will be the centre of the programme, as well as information on:

- China “today” and China “tomorrow” from economic, political, social and cultural perspectives

- intercultural communication: Germany – China

- the Chinese language and calligraphy

- Chinese culture and traditions

- the importance of the Chinese food culture

The city of Tianjin is considered to be the gate to the Chinese capital of Beijing. It is situated about 140km to the northeast of Beijing on the east coast of China and has about 12,3 inhabitants. It ranks among the most important Chinese cities and is, thanks to its harbour, a powerful economic metropolis not far from the political centre of the capital. Tianjin is regarded as an excellent centre of education with a great number of universities of different subject areas. The Nankai University of Tianjin was founded in 1919 and counts among the oldest Chinese universities. It is also one of the top 5 universities of the country.

The programme offers insights into the history and traditions of this vibrant city at the gates of Beijing. We will be visiting the old courtyard, the Tianjin museum, old and traditional streets, Chinese temples and other  landmarks of the town.

Next to the traditional aspects of Tianjin, we will have the opportunity to also get to know the modern side of the metropolis. As many other Chinese cities, Tianjin is in progress of being fundamentally changed and modernised. We will also consider the question of how to create such a change and how to find it in the actual city today.

Another trip of several days' Duration will lead us to Beijing, the capital of China. The capital has around 35 million inhabitants and ranks among the biggest monopolies that modern world politics focuses on. Especially since the 2008 Olympics, Beijing as a modern city has moved to the centre of world attention. On a visit of the Forbidden City, the Palace of the Chinese Emperor, we will be able to touch the 3000 year-old history of China. A visit of the Tian An Men Square, the Square of “heavenly peace” will then lead us to an important place of modern Chinese history. A trip to the Great Wall is also on the agenda. The Great Wall of China is considered to have an incomparable size and symbolises Chinese fortitude in modern China.

To get a description of the programme please feel free to contact Ms Yin Lin (lin(at)swfr.de).

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