Students who took part in a pilot scheme offering them a dream trip to China to improve their understanding of new languages and culture have said their experiences were “amazing”.

It was the first time the University had offered this kind of trip and its success means more international visits are now set to be organised.

The University wants to increase opportunities for students to visit other countries with the aim of broadening their horizons, whatever subject they are studying.

Its International Office has recently launched a new ‘internationalisation strategy’ to tie in with Government plans to address global education challenges.

Students blog their trip experiences

Fifteen students took part in the two-week visit earlier this month, staying at Shenzhen Polytechnic, which the University has strong links with, and spending a weekend with a family. They were accompanied by trip organiser Robbie Roberts, the University’s International Officer.

They received Chinese language lessons, martial arts classes and a host of activities, including a weekend in Hong Kong with a visit to Disneyland, a meal at a floating restaurant, and a trip to Victoria Peak.

The students recorded their experiences in a daily blog and photo gallery, which provided interesting updates and revealed their enthusiasm.

Jade Griffiths, who was one of the participating students, said: “It was an amazing experience; we did things we would never have done as tourists. We were all mesmerised and in awe at the things we saw and experienced.”

Further opportunities ahead

University Director of International, Jo Gittens, said: “We have recently launched a strategy to raise international awareness among staff, students and the wider Wolverhampton community.

“This visit is an excellent example of the opportunities we can provide for our students and the important partnerships we have developed.”

The majority of the students who took part now plan to continue studying Chinese and all would like the opportunity to work as an assistant languages teacher at Shenzhen or another Chinese institution after they graduate.

Source: www.wlv.ac.uk