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American high school students studying in China face such a rigorous program that some refer to it as being ‘like a prison’

he 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."
12 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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