College partners to open a new study abroad center in Chengdu, China
The center will be located on the Sichuan University campus, in the bustling city of Chengdu, populated by 14 million people. The city of Chengdu is known for it’s spicy cuisine as well as being the home of “China’s Giant Panda”. During their study abroad program, students will have the unique opportunities to visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center and see a live panda cub up close.
A multitude of courses will be offered for students during this semester-long study abroad program in disciplines including business, communication, science, humanities, social science, and criminal justice as well as Chinese language and culture. Due to the Chinese New Year celebrations, the center will run on a modified academic calendar from February 25 to May 29, 2013.
Additionally, students will be able to apply for internships at different Chengdu corporations, home to a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. These unique internships will help students enhance their academic experience as well as their resumes. Students will also be able to take part in service opportunities through local non-governmental organizations.
Patricia Sendall, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Mark Gould, Assistant Vice President, Professional Graduate and International Enrollment Management; and Lauren Bent, Director, International Programs, visit with a friend on their recent trip to China to develop study abroad programs for Merrimack students. This photo was taken at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. For information regarding study abroad at Merrimack, please visit www.merrimack.edu/international.
Merrimack student Mark Koussa, class of 2015, is spending the year studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. He reflects on his experience at the Umbra Institute for Study Abroad.