Japanese student find cultural immersion at ECNU
Updated: 2017-04-14

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Japanese students chat with their counterparts from East China Normal University during their visit to the school in March. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Some 30 college students from Japan enjoyed a unique spring break as they set out on a cultural trip to Shanghai's East China Normal University (ECNU) in March.

The students mainly came from schools such as Yokohama National University, the University of Tsukuba, Doshisha University, Aichi Prefectural University, and Okayama University.

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Japanese students visit the Meiji chocolate factory in Shanghai on March 15. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

During their two to four week stay in Shanghai, the students not only brushed up on their Chinese skills, but also paid visits to companies, scenic spots, and historic sites in Shanghai and surrounding cities.

They felt at ease with the welcoming environment at ECNU, making friends and taking part in various campus activities.

The Okayama University visiting group were mostly enchanted by ECNU's lively campus landscape and rich learning atmosphere, especially a fair selling second-hand books from students -- a convenient and cost-efficient way to "exchange ideas".

They also enjoyed face-to-face exchanges with ECNU students, from popular internet buzzwords and memes to various cultural differences between the two sides.

Apart from taking in regular Chinese language classes, the group of nine from Aichi Prefectural University immersed themselves in a distinctive medical atmosphere, learning Chinese medicinal terms and paying visits to local hospitals.

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Students from Okayama University linger on the campus of ECNU and are interested in the fair selling second-hand books. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Students from Yokohama National University (YNU) took full advantage of the school's academic strengths in economics and management. They were the first from YNU to have short-term study experiences in China. The two schools will continue to open up more exchange programs in important majors.

Upon leaving, the students expressed their appreciation for the living and studying experiences in Shanghai, and hoped for more visits in the future.

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Students from the Aichi Prefectural University pose for a group photo with their certificate issued by ECNU for their living and studying experiences at the school in March. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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