Study Abroad in China or France?
Iʻm pretty stuck. I want to study abroad for a year. I love learning languages, mainly because I like how language relates back to culture and lifestyle. My French and Chinese are about equal--my French is probably a little better. I like the character, culture, and food in China a bit more, though. I havenʻt yet chosen a major.
Given the criteria of wanting an immersive (culturally, not just linguistically) experience where I could make lasting connections over the year, my ideal program would be:
in a second or third tier city in China (ie not Beijing or Shanghai), with a host family with the opportunity to audit classes at a local university and engage with local people my age and form connections naturally that way. However, I cannot find a program like this.
I am considering direct enrolling in a Chinese university for a year instead to really get an immersive experience. However, this would be a gap year because I am pretty much guaranteed to fail all my classes in the first semester. I would be going into this with the equivalent of four years of college Chinese.
Another option is studying abroad in France. My school already has a program with a host family and the opportunity to attend classes at a local university and it isnʻt located in Paris. Itʻs an ideal program, except that it isnʻt in China.
Please let me know what you think I should do, or if you have any suggestions for programs in China!!!
Option 1: go to China with a preexisting program that doesnʻt fulfill my goals for study abroad
Option 2: direct enroll in a Chinese university as a gap year
Option 3: Study abroad in France, with a program that fulfills my goals for study abroad