Study Abroad in China: C.V. Starr-Middlebury in China in Beijing – Alumni Reviews

“This program was absolutely the most well-spent year of my life. It was a life-changing experience.”

“The program improved my Chinese beyond my wildest expectations.”

– anonymous comments from a program evaluation, Middlebury in China, Beijing, Spring 2014

C.V. Starr Middlebury in Beijing alum Jihad HajjoujiJihad Hajjouji
Middlebury College
2012 Fall, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China, Beijing
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I am Jihad Hajjouji, a national of Morocco and a senior at Middlebury. My interest in China goes back to the time I spent in South Africa as a student of the African Leadership Academy, where Sino-Africa relations was a widely debated topic. After four years and an intensive summer course of Mandarin studies between Johannesburg and Middlebury, I finally got to see the real deal when I enrolled myself in the MIC program in Beijing last fall. This experience was full of highlights, but my fondest memory is of the weekend I spent at my Chinese roommate’s home. Sharing stories over some delicious home-made food was an amazing cultural experience and a real test for my Mandarin Chinese.

C.V. Starr Middlebury in Beijing alum Alex LevineAlex Levine
Fordham University
2012 Fall, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China, Beijing
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I don’t put on makeup often, but when I do, I prefer to engage in full-contact Peking opera face painting. I must say this was a major takeaway from my study abroad semester in the Chinese capital. Aside from that, I dabbled in the local customs of foot steeping and rote character memorization, and I perfected the double-handed peace sign to whip out for photo ops with lightning speed.

C.V. Starr Middlebury in Beijing alum Brian YehBrian Yeh
Ohio State University
2012 Fall and 2013 Spring, C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in China, Beijing
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I am a senior majoring in economics, and I studied at the School in China’s Beijing campus during the 2012-2013 academic year. One of my favorite memories from my time abroad was traveling solo to Hohhot, the capital of Inner Mongolia, during the first semester.