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UNCG’s Kinesiology Department hosts students from the Shanghai University of Sport

SUS students show off their newly-learned lacrosse skills

The Kinesiology Department at UNCG welcomed a group of 20 undergraduate students from the Shanghai University of Sport (SUS) to our campus this summer. The students, led by Dr. Xiaobo Che, a professor in the College of Physical Education at SUS, were in Greensboro for three weeks, from July 1 to July 21, 2013. The group was one of three groups from SUS visiting universities in the US this summer.

The program was designed as a cross-cultural immersion project between UNCG and SUS. Plans for the program were first set in motion when Provost David Perrin visited SUS in November 2012 to discuss expanding collaborative efforts between our two universities. During the Spring 2013 semester, Dr. Penelope Pynes (Associate Provost for International Programs), Denise Bellamy (Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs), Dr. Sandy Shultz (Professor, Kinesiology Department), and Dr. Ang Chen (Professor, Kinesiology Department) met to finalize the decision. A SUS alumni, Dr. Chen was the program’s primary organizer and overseer, programming the courses and itinerary, recruiting instructors and staff, making living and meal arrangements, making transportation arrangements, organizing a pre-trip orientation in Shanghai, and overseeing the SUS students’ activities during their visit. We would like to thank him and everyone who contributed for all their hard work in ensuring the program was a success!

Jerry Loflin (first-year PhD, Pedagogical Kinesiology; left) teaches SUS students how to play golf

During their visit to our campus, the SUS students learned about American sports, American sporting culture, and American culture in general. In addition to attending summer courses in the Kinesiology Department, they also learned how to play American sports such as lacrosse, golf, and football. They were also invited to attend and participate in several fun events and trips, including an Independence Day parade in downtown Greensboro, shopping trips to Charlotte, NC, a hiking day-trip at Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County, NC, and tubing the Dan River in Rockingham County, NC.

After leaving our campus on July 21, the SUS students visited Washington, DC, from July 22-28 before returning to Shanghai.

This is the first time the Kinesiology Department has hosted students from SUS. In the future, the department is looking forward to growing the program and eventually hopes to send UNCG students to SUS as well.

Fall 2013 Study Abroad Expo

Kaitlin Ritchie (Director of Incoming Exchange, SAE Programs) talks to interested students about their study abroad options

Zachary Painter (Senior, English/German) was one of the students who volunteered to share his study abroad experiences with others at this semester’s expo

On August 28, 2013, UNCG students paid a visit to Stone Lawn on College Avenue to check out the Study Abroad Expo, a day-long event dedicated to educating interested students about Study Abroad and Exchange (SAE) Programs at UNCG. The event was extremely well-attended and showcased the wide range of available study abroad programs and UNCG exchange partner schools around the world. Attendees were able to talk to IPC Staff, former study abroad students, and international students studying at UNCG about study abroad opportunities, financial options, the application process, and how studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. The IPC holds the Study Abroad Expo at the beginning of each semester.

Zachary Painter, a senior double-majoring in English and German, was one of the students who volunteered to help with the expo and encourage others to pursue opportunities abroad. He studied abroad in Germany at the University of Heidelberg, an experience that opened his eyes to an entirely new perspective. “I come from a pretty sheltered background,” he says, “and without even realizing it I had developed a tunnel-vision worldview. Going abroad helped me open my mind. I made friends with so many different people from so many different cultural and political backgrounds, and they helped me discover new ways of thinking about the world.” Zachary’s experience abroad has also led him to consider a career in International Education. He is especially interested in teaching English abroad or working in education abroad.

IPC would like to thank everyone who helped make this semester’s expo a success!

Missed this semester’s Study Abroad Expo? Want to learn more about study abroad? IPC will be holding a Study Abroad Info Session as part of International Education Week 2013 on Thursday, November 14, from 1:00-2:00pm in EUC Joyner. Hope to see you there!

You may also visit the SAE Homepage or contact Denise Bellamy at dlbellam@uncg.edu.

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