Although a great many American undergraduates embark on study abroad programs every year, still only a small fraction of that number go to Asia. Numerous factors play into this, including cost, geographic distance and language, but many of these barriers are much perceptual as they are real. Dedicated scholarships for study in Asia are now available, and the programs themselves have expanded and multiplied to accommodate students at all language levels (including those with no previous Chinese ability at all), ranging in time from a few weeks to a year or more. Moreover, skilled speakers of foreign languages have found work as everything from the standard English teacher and Chinese translator to magazine writer, TV host, gallery owner and club DJ.
This is one of the fastest-growing – and thus fastest-changing – parts of the world, and for those who want the experience of knowing China viscerally as well as intellectually, you’ll find some selected resources here on where to get started. First, spend a little time on the “Student Experiences” page to get a taste of what study abroad has meant to some students at BC.