Overseas Chinese students shown what it’s like to study in America

This is a great article about Chinese students being shown how Americans study and sharing their experiences…

A group of Chinese exchange students visiting Springdale High School got a crash course in the life of an American student a day at school, pizza on a Saturday afternoon and an evening of bowling.

They plan to tour Pittsburgh on Sunday, including a trip up the Duquesne Incline to Mt. Washington, a visit to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and a meal at Primanti Brothers.

The group of 10 middle school students and two teachers from the city of Shijiazhuang, in the northeastern part of the country, arrived late Thursday evening. Each is staying with a host family in the area.

On Friday, the exchange students went to class with the students with whom they’re staying, ate a cafeteria lunch with them and participated in gym class.

That evening, they attended the Springdale basketball game.


lived a day in the life of your average Springdale kid, said Springdale history teacher Nick Spehar, who helped organize the visit. I think that was the best possible thing, rather than doing something like a tour of the school.

The trip is part of the China Exchange Initiative.

A school administrator from China visited Allegheny Valley School District in October 2012. Janice Nuzzo, the district’s director of student achievement, and Spehar went to China separately in 2013.

Saturday, the exchange students and their host families gathered for lunch in the high school cafeteria.

Afterward, the Chinese students, who speak English with varying proficiency, confidently gave short presentations. They ranged in topic from culture, dress and religion to the importance of family and how young people support and care for their parents once they grow older.

Then the students gathered in small groups to discuss the environment, pollution and recycling.

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Jason Brown

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  1. I see you are sharing interesting content on your website, I’d love to study abroad! I can’t wait to read more of your great articles.. Thanks!

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