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CSA: Study Chinese Language at Yunnan University in Kunming
Interview with Justin Turnock, China Study Abroad Alum
GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with CSA at Yunnan University?
Justin: Initially, I contacted CSA with the intention of staying in China for 1 year and wanted to get the most out of it. I had seen the 3 cities program online and thought about Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan but CSA suggested Kunming as an alternative to Wuhan.
I'd never really heard about Kunming before so did a little research. The place looked amazing and the fact that it was so close to Tibet was an even bigger drawcard. I'm really glad I went there actually because I got to experience a totally different side of China and its culture. Kunming is an absolutely amazing place and definitely somewhere I would like to return to.
GO: What made your study abroad experience unique and special?
Justin: Studying a language is difficult at the best of times, so learning Chinese in China made the process a little bit more real in that I was totally immersed in a living world, speaking and breathing Chinese. My 1-year program opened my world to new friends, great contacts, an opportunity to explore famous cities, experience a dynamic culture, and eat the most amazing food. I was particularly blown away by how welcoming the Chinese were and keen to not only share their lives with me but also learn about my background and country at the same time.
GO: How has this experience impacted your future?
Justin: I wanted to learn Chinese for business purposes considering how important China has become as a major economic partner. Having already had a successful career in banking, upon returning home I have gained a huge interest in a range of industries, particularly because of my experience in China and my capability to speak Chinese. There are definitely a lot more opportunities available to me now because of my time in China.
About China Study Abroad
Sign up today with China Study Abroad (CSA) to have an amazing study, teach, or intern abroad experience in China! CSA offers options in locations all around the country, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Kunming, Qingdao, Xi'an, and more. CSA was founded on the concepts that Chinese is best learned through immersion in the Chinese culture and environment, and teaching, studying, or interning in China should be fun, exciting and simple. Signing up with CSA means that four essential services will be taken care of during your trip: accommodation, schooling, excursions & activities, and 24/7 student support. Check out some great program options below!