How do I choose between travelling and improving my employability?
If you’ve ever found yourself asking this, then the Study China summer programme might be the answer!
Study China is an exciting collaboration between the University of Manchester, the Department for Education, and universities in Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing. Study China empowers students to travel, study, and thrive in one of the most diverse and interesting countries on earth.
You’ll spend an intense and rewarding 3 weeks in Hangzhou, Shanghai, or Beijing, learning Mandarin, delving into Chinese culture, and exploring the country through excursions with your peers. You don’t have to speak Mandarin to apply! Study China alum, Luke, recalls that
“Study China was genuinely one of the best experiences of my life. Words and videos don’t even do it justice – you need to be there to really experience and appreciate the beauty of China, its language and heritage. 3 weeks might seem like a long time, but you’ll soon come to realise it’s far from it.”
You can read more testimonials on their website.
The UK government funds your accommodation, airport transfer, language tuition, and organised activities BUT you’ll have to fund your flights, visa, travel insurance, any vaccinations you might need, and spending money. Study China has funding information on their website, and don’t forget that King’s has awards and travel scholarships – you can apply for Travel Awards and make sure you check our other opportunities on the funding database.
Employability (you knew we were going to mention it)
Not only will this experience be rewarding, challenging, and exciting – it’ll look great on your CV and encourage you to think reflectively about your career path!
Your employability is made up of your Knowledge, Attributes, Skills, and Experience. You’ll develop your Mandarin skills, your cultural adaptability, your resilience, and communication skills (employers love this).
You’ll also learn more about yourself and what experiences you value, which will be invaluable when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.
If this isn’t the right programme for you, keep checking back for more upcoming opportunities and events!