Edited By Michael B. Hinner
The Voices of Chinese Students in the 2+2 Programme in China and Germany
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Introduction to The Voices of Chinese Students in the 2+2 Programme China and Germany
By Jun Xu and Eileen Küpper
Jun Xu and Eileen Küpper note that while all students are confronted with challenges when starting higher education, these challenges are compounded when going abroad. The authors examine the preparations undertaken in China by Chinese students participating in an exchange program with a German university of applied sciences prior to their departure. The students were interviewed shortly after their arrival in Germany and one semester later to see whether their perspectives and possible barriers change with time and intervention.
While many joint Sino-German education programs run smoothly in China and attract a large number of Chinese students, many drawbacks also exist. For example, many such exchange programs only attempt to train students on how to pass the German language exam for Chinese students applying to study in Germany. This makes it difficult for students to learn about the real Germany and to become fully prepared for living and studying in Germany. Another problem is that it is often difficult for students to choose an appropriate school and program in which to enroll in.
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