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Chinese students expand the international flavor of UNCP

By Yoshi Yung
Guest Writer

The fall semester of 2006 introduced 81 international students to UNCP.              

Among these new faces on campus, 28 of them come from China or Taiwan, according to Robert Schneider, associate vice chancellor for International Programs.

Last year, UNCP signed several exchange programs with major universities in China and Taiwan. Students who take this program will study at UNCP for two years and receive a dual-degree from both UNCP and their original universities.

Bing Pan, left, Yiping Wang, right, are in their first year at UNCP while Wei Hong, center, is in his second year.

Photo By Yoshi Yung
Bing Pan, left, Yiping Wang, right, are in their first year at UNCP while Wei Hong, center, is in his second year.

Before they could continue their studies, they must take and pass the TOEFL exam, the English competency test for all foreign exchange students.

“I came to UNCP because there is a great demand for American degrees in China,” said Jun Yan Liu (Danny), a second year business major from the Guang Dong province of China. He realizes that his experience here at UNCP will better prepare him for the competitive job markets of China.

“This is an excellent opportunity to travel and to learn English,” said Wen Dong, who just got off a plane from China two weeks ago. She finds the students very friendly and enjoys the small classroom environment at UNCP.

The Chinese students are exposed to American culture and hold a high expectation for their college experience in America.

“Pembroke is nothing like San Francisco or New York. We are only familiar with these cities, so we are disappointed with the location of UNCP,” said Jun Yan.

Most of the Chinese visitors had a positive attitude towards UNCP. “I like the people here. They are very friendly.

The professors here are very knowledgeable,” said Wei Hong, another second-year business major.

The majority of the international students live in the University Courtyard apartments, including the Chinese, Swedish, Indian and German nationals.

They all look forward to sharing their culture and language with everyone.
 

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