Gayane Gyulnazaryan/ Beijing Language and Culture University / Chinese-English

March 17, 2016
The number of Armenian students studying in China is increasing annually. The Chinese Government Scholarship Program as well as scholarship programs offered by the Ministry of Science and Education of Armenia and many other such programs offer a wide range of opportunities for Armenians who wish to study in one of the most powerful countries in the world today. China’s economic development is based on government investment in education, and a period spent studying in China offers a unique chance to learn the language of the world’s second largest economy. For this edition of ChinaHAY newsletter, we interviewed Armenian students to find out why and how they came to China, the advantages and disadvantages of studying in China, how best to overcome any difficulties and what their visions are for the future. Gayane Gyulnazaryan/ Beijing Language and Culture University / Chinese-English IMG_1608 I won the competition organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia to get my scholarship to study at Beijing Language and Culture University. One advantage of studying in China is, first, the chance to study in the intensive Chinese learning system, which allows you to get great results in a relatively short period of time. I also think studying abroad provides great opportunities to meet new people and to interact with the different cultures they represent. It is an interesting process. It is also a difficult process because you may experience culture shock: the huge difference between the culture and customs you bring from your country to China may make you feel quite uncomfortable for a while, but fortunately I was lucky enough to be able to overcome this and adjust. The Armenian Students’ Union in China is a support platform for anyone with difficulties. It is also a platform to share knowledge and information, care and support, to help each other and to feel united. My wish for Armenian students is that they are strong and self-reliant, that they study well and that whatever happens they can always overcome their difficulties. My advice to newcomers is to be organized, to be hardworking and strong and, of course, to uphold the reputation of Armenia. Source "ChinaHay Newsletter," No. 3, p. 9., 2015. i
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