Berkeley Summer Abroad: Business Chinese

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Advance your Mandarin language skills while taking your business career to the next level in Taipei, Taiwan's capital and largest city. You will hear from local experts on the broad history, politics, and economics of Taiwan. You will also attend lectures to better grasp the innovative range of Chinese culture, including calligraphy and the arts. After taking this course, you will be armed with the language and professional skills to succeed in business.

On this program, you will:

** Enhance your language skills and interact with locals in Taipei
** Tour the National Palace Museum, which houses thousands of ancient artifacts from as many as 8,000 years ago
** Observe the flourishing business market in Taipei through tours of government offices, industrial parks, and international companies

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Woai
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience in Asia Ever.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Taipei with Berkeley Abroad. Academically, they place you on the first day and then you're put into 3 different classes, 2 language-focused ones and 1 business Chinese textbook (they use the one written by a Penn professor, chenggongzhidao based on case studies). Apparently this program's been around for some 20+ years, and it was well-organized. The faculty is great, the teachers are TOP NOTCH, and the TA's (they organize out-of-school day and weekend trips) are genuinely caring. This is Taipei, so food is not only cheaper but BETTER (than Murican Asian food), the shopping is great, I love Night Markets (lingxia yeshi ftw!). The only trouble I encountered, actually, was monetary incidentally because I only brought about $500 in spending money--that to cover 6 weeks of shopping for the year (tips for shopping: clothes, stationery stores and agendas, food). People in Taipei are courteous.

There are lots of different levels of Chinese; I was already fluent beforehand, but I still felt challenged and learned quite a bit of new things. The classes are small, under 10, and the teachers go to great lengths to have you learn. (It's quite a bit of work on your part too.)

For those of you interested in business in Asia, understanding the culture, as well as challenging yourself in language, this is the program for you.

What would you improve about this program?
I would actually say if we got to interact with even more NTU students, but it being the summer, we did get to interact on an informal basis (we went to see the Leonids). It was interesting to hear what they thought about American culture (shows, music) as well as karaoke!
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