PEKING UNIVERSITY GUANGHUA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS EVALUATION & FEEDBACK FORM (Please use Chinese or English to complete this form. Thank you. ) Name: …Xia Yinyin……………………………………………………………………………… Period of exchange: …2007 Winter………………………………………… Host University/Country: …Queen’s University, Canada………………………… Questions: 1. How does the host university differ from PKU? Firstly, the size of class in Queen’s School of Business is much smaller than that in Guanghua. The average size of a class is 30-40 students. Secondly, group work accounts for a large proportion of the final mark, usually 30-50 percent. Thirdly, Queen’s University encourages students to work on campus. There’re a lot of businesses run by students at Queen’s, such as the printing centre, the bus service and some cafes and bars, etc. 2. What courses do you like the best in the partner school? The course from which I learned most at Queen’s University is the course of Small Business Consulting, which is very challenging and demanding. In that course, we worked for real clients of Queen’s Business Consulting, an enterprise run by the School of Business. Besides very long working hours for research and report writing, this course also involved a lot of guest speakers and brain storming sessions. 3. What is your opinion on the location of the partner school? Queen’s University locates in Kingston, a very small and peaceful place with a long history. The City of Kingston is just on the north side of Lake Ontario. To be honest, other than the Lake, there’s not much to see in Kingston. However, it’s very convenient to go to other big cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal from Kingston. The weather in Kingston is a bit warmer than that in Toronto and it snows a lot in the winter. 4. What is the most impressive thing that you encountered during exchange? I was mostly impressed by the multi-cultural environment in Queen’s University, in Kingston, and also in other cities in Canada and the US. I never felt the world is so small before I went to exchange. 5. What expenses did you incur at the host university for one semester? Estimated Breakdown of Expenses: Items Estimated Expenditure (￥) Airfare (return ticket) 14,000 Travel & Health Insurance 1,600 Accommodation 12,880 (utilities included) Food 8,000 Books & Stationery 800 Clothing 1,000 Miscellaneous (e.g. Local transportation, phone calls, Student visa: 520 postage, student visa, medical report) Please specify. Local transportation is free with Queen’s student card. Phone calls: 100 (I didn’t use a cell phone in Canada.) Others (e.g. extended stay, airfare for tour of Travel costs (food, tickets , neighboring states/countries, etc) Please specify. and accommodation in Canada and US): Around 18,000 (accommodation: around 180 per night in HI Hostel transportation: depends on the distance) Total 56,820 6. Please type a report of your personal experience during the exchange period. (Any style would be fine.) It may include: a) Your overall experience overseas (initial cultural shocks that you encountered, lifestyle, about the university, academic aspects) b) What you learned from the exchange program c) Your advice and suggestions for future exchange students designated to go to that university. d) Anything else that you would like us to know. The first impression I got in Canada was the cold weather. The temperature could fall below -20C in January and February. So warm and heavy coat is definitely necessary. There was nothing to worry too much about living in Kingston. Though it’s a very small city, you can easily get everything you want from food to clothes, and all kinds of entertainment. Queen’s University locates very close to the downtown, so in five-minute’s walk, you can find shops, banks, post-office, cinema, and everything. The people in Kingston are very open and friendly. White people counts for a larger percentage of the total population in Kingston than in other big cities in Canada, such as Toronto and Vancouver (Vancouver is a world of Asian immigrants). There’re also people from all around the world living in the city, as well as studying at Queen’s. To say more about Queen’s, it has a very multi-cultural environment. In one of my classes, we only had six students. However, we were from six different countries. In my study group, I worked with students from Canada, France, Hong Kong, Scotland, and China. I also got to know friends from many other countries. It was really great to share their experience and see how they study and live. The workload of one course at Queen’s was very heavy. Usually, one course will have 12 week’s classes, one mid-term, one final, and 3-4 group assignments or cases. I can still remember the long nights I spent with my partner on our report. And I always saw students studying in the library after 1am. Well, long working hour doesn’t necessarily mean that the work is hard. The professors at Queen’s encourage students to think creatively and practice what you learn in real cases. To sum up, I enjoyed my exchange semester at Queen’s a lot. What I would say to these PKU students who are going to Queen’s in the future is, just don’t worry about the food, the weather, the language or things like that, just experience and enjoy everyday of your stay in Canada, try to make new friends, travel as much as possible, and be sure to bring tons of great memories home! 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