American high school students studying in China face such a rigorous program that some refer to it as being ‘like a prison’
The students, all recipients of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship, describe an intense daily regimen of Chinese language and culture classes from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus an additional required two study hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. One participant concluded this at the end of her experience: "Language learning, especially through immersion, is an arduous process. While on program, I often felt that I was not progressing much day by day. Looking back on the experience as a whole, however, shows me that a lot was accomplished between my dumpling disaster in Chengdu and this conversation at the bus stop."
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