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Sun Yat-Sen University, China

This is my fourth week at my host university and finally everything has been settled pretty well. Life here in China is very different from life in Australia, like very different.

I’m not sure about the other universities, but for my host university – Sun Yat-Sen University we have 5 campus, and each has a students’ dormitory. The university has special dormitory for overseas and exchange students which is normally a room for one or two. There are five dining halls at my campus, and you can charge your student card then pay the food with your student card. There are various food choices and if you don’t want to eat at the dining hall, you can also order take-away and it is very convenient. There are shops distributed around the dormitory area and there is a shopping center nearby.

There is also a huge library with a Sun Yat-Sen statue at the square in front of it, a gym, a basketball courts area and a sports ground. The dormitory and the teaching area are separated, and apparently there are school buses that drives you to the buildings this term so you don’t have to walk 20 minutes to the building. The buildings are classified by the courses and there are public teaching buildings for common required course.

The course selection system is pretty much like Australia, you can choose what you want to study and as long as the credit points are enough for the term, and also you can choose subjects from another courses as long as the timetable doesn’t clash. The lessons are 45 minutes per lesson and has a 10 minutes break which is pretty different to how the lessons are arranged in Australia where there are 3 hours per lesson for my course which is pretty long. The course that I chose is Visual Communication, it is a little bit different to what I thought it would be but still it is very interesting and I believe that what I learn from the course is going to help me a lot in the future. The course contains both theory and practical tasks, mostly theory, and it is taught in Chinese, but luckily, I have a Chinese background and can speak fluent Chinese so it’s fine for me. Anyways I’m really looking forward to what I’m going to learn and experience in the rest of my exchange time.

Jacinta Su
Bachelor of Design in Animation
Sun Yat-Sen University

Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant recipient.

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