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Communications and Arts Students Head to China

Monday, 19 September 2011


First and second year students from the School of Communications and Arts have embarked on the trip of a lifetime, travelling  to Shaanxi Normal University for a three-month exchange program.

The five students will study Introduction to Journalism and Independent Studies, run by ECU lecturer and team leader, Associate Professor Trevor Cullen, as well as take part in an Introduction to Chinese Media and Introduction to Chinese Language.

Students will also meet with their Chinese counterparts, with Chinese students invited to attend all their classes. 

“This is such a great way to broaden my experience of life by learning and living in another culture,” said second year student Claire Ottaviano.

“This was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.”

Professor Cullen said that the exchange program with Shaanxi University was a great opportunity to expand not only academic knowledge but life experience.

”In the two weeks I’ve been here I’ve learnt so much from both our ECU and Chinese students. They keep you young and optimistic I sense our students have also learnt a great deal about living outside their normal comfort zone,” he said.

This is the second round of students to head over to China this year, with Exercise Science students from the Faculty of Computing, Health and Science spending 13 weeks at the University at the beginning of the year.

For more information contact the Study Abroad/Exchange team.


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