15 students represented Lancaster University at a three week school program in Beijing this summer.
Organised by Terry Bray and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, the trip took place from June 26 until July 18. It was the third visit to Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) for Lancaster University.
The students stayed in BFSU accommodation and attended three hour lessons Monday to Friday, studying Chinese language and literature in the mornings and filling their afternoons with activities such as calligraphy and tai-chi. Along with the academics, students took day trips to famous landmarks including the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven.
The aim of the scheme is to emphasise the importance of China within the modern world and to strengthen the collaboration between Lancaster and Beijing.
The group described their experience overall as “brilliant” and would “absolutely” recommend the trip to “anyone with an interest in China, culture, or representing your university”. “It was a pleasure for all of us to represent Lancaster University.”