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					                             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!

Please complete this form carefully and send to hufanlin@gsm.pku.edu.cn. Thank you!

				
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