Campus life In A Chinese University
There are hundreds of international students on our campus from more than 16 nations. As you look at them living on our campus, you might wonder how life would be in universities in different countries. Thus the interview was conducted with an exchange student from South Central University for Nationalities in China, which is one of the universities we received the most exchange students from. Let’s hear from her how Chinese campus life is.
Q: Can you introduce yourself briefly?
Liu: Hi. My name is Liu Mong-jiao, from South Central University for Nationalities in China. This is my second semester in Korea. I’m one of the eight students in CWNU from my university. I’m majoring in advertising.
Q: Tell me about your alma mater.
Liu: My university is located in the center of China, and is one of the main universities in the Hubei province. Since it’s a university for nationalities, there are many ethnic minority students. There are over 27,000 students and close to half of them are ethnic minorities. You can make friends from everywhere in China. Because there is a huge number of students from different provinces, the university has a great dormitory area. There are more than 50 resident buildings, which might look like a small town. The campus is nearly twice as big as CWNU’s. I heard that CWNU’s campus is one of the biggest campuses in Korea, but my university is not considered big. In fact, my university is very special to have all 55 ethnic minority students. I believe that only 2 universities in China have every ethnicity.
Q: What is the most special thing about your previous university?
LIU: The most famous majors of my university are ethnology and traditional dancing. In ethnology, you can study all different kinds of ethnic minorities. Some of them are very unique, with only thousands of people left. In traditional dancing, you can learn historical dancing from ethnic minorities. My school’s dance team had a great honor to play on the CCTV (China Central Television) for the Chinese New Year’s Eve ceremony, which a billion people have watched, 3 years in a row. It included different kinds of historical dancing, costumes and music. They were such gorgeous concerts.
A festival for ethnic minorities is held every year in my university. You can try their traditional foods, and you can find a place to put on beautiful traditional clothes too. Also traditional games are prepared. If you are athletic, you can try to get a reward!
Q: What was the biggest difference between studying in Korea and China?
LIU: I would say the grading system. I found that most classes I took in Korea included a presentation, and mid-terms are very important. In China, the final exam takes up nearly 90 percent of the final grade. Presentations are required only in few classes. There are not many other things that really affect the grade, including the attendance. Students can take advantage of this by traveling for days and weeks during the semester.
Having one major ethnicity on the campus is quite amusing to me. If you come to my school, you will see there are lots of people from different cultures. Especially, you can find so many kinds of foods in the cafeteria, reflecting different religious background. All kinds of meat are prepared.
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by Han Si-In, cub-reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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