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Being student in China: An amazing cultural experience

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Editor's note: We have asked expats living in China to share their stories about the cities they work and live in. Natalia Bak is from Poland and she is now a student at Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance.

China definitely stands at the forefront of innovation and technological advancements, which is an ideal destination for anyone who is seeking a cutting-edge education.

Its universities consistently rank among the world's best, offering a spectrum of programs spanning various disciplines.

I am currently a student at Shanghai Lixin University of Accounting and Finance (SLU), which has a history that dates back to 1928, when it was founded by Pan Xulun, a famous educator honored as the "Father of Modern Accounting in China".

The name itself, "Lixin", comes from a saying from the Analects of Confucius – "Without credibility, you won't have a place in the world."

I believe that Lixin is a great university that offers a range of opportunities and attracts excellent students from all around the world.

I also believe that studying in China enriches the possibilities of future employment and allows you to gain skills essential for a competitive edge in today's globalized world and makes your CV extra special.

China opens doors to boundless career prospects. I, myself, have attended many different networking and business events in Shanghai.

Another advantage is the country's global influence and the burgeoning economy that provides a place for students to engage with multinational corporations, startups and industry leaders.

As a result, I can say that studying in China offers an unparalleled blend of cultural richness, academic excellence and vast opportunities for personal and professional growth.

China is a global center for education that beckons students from around the world with its dynamic learning atmosphere and diverse educational options.

I studied Mandarin for two years before coming to China, but only after my arrival did I finally get the opportunity to put my knowledge into use and start using the language on a daily basis.

China is a perfect place for cultivating proficiency in Mandarin, which will enable you to have a deeper understanding of Chinese culture and history – allowing you to forge long-lasting friendships and have a better cultural exchange.

Another aspect of being a student in China is the cultural diversity. China is one of the largest countries in the world and therefore it is culturally diverse, encompassing a vast array of ethnic groups, traditions, languages and customs across its expansive geography.

Natalia Bak (right) attends a tea ceremony wearing a traditional hanfu costume. [Photo provided to]

The Han ethnic group constitutes the majority of the Chinese population, but China is also home to 55 ethnic minority groups, each with its unique cultural heritage.

China's size also results in significant geographical variety. From the subtropical regions in the south to the northern provinces, every region has its own unique dialects, cuisines and even architectural styles.

For example, the delicate tastes of Cantonese food are very different from the bright and spicy flavors of Sichuan cuisine.

Students who immerse themselves in the diverse culture of China find themselves at the nexus of modernity and tradition.

The nation provides a variety of experiences that promote culture steeped in history but quickly changing – from the majestic Great Wall to the busy streets of Shanghai.

While traveling around China you will also have an opportunity to discover the rich tapestry of art, ranging from traditional Chinese opera, through regional folk dances or tea-making ceremonies.

Chinese universities are also very much involved in engaging students in different cultural activities. They organize themed trips, invite certain professionals and help you discover the cultural heritage of the nation.

Natalia Bak (second from left) takes part in the first International Students Cultural Festival with her friends at SLU on Oct 25. [Photo provided to]

I would like to mention about the friendships and lifelong memories that you will acquire during your study period in China. It is definitely a journey brimming with many new friendships with people from around the world, cultural exchanges and amazing experiences that you will never forget.

Additionally, the warmth and hospitality of the Chinese people is truly great and you will definitely be able to create a long-lasting memory.

As a whole, studying in China opens door to a world of possibilities — an opportunity to broaden horizons, meet people from different business and cultural backgrounds, embrace a rich cultural heritage and acquire skills that propel future success.

It's not just an educational endeavor – it's an adventure that shapes individuals into global citizens poised to make a meaningful impact in an ever-evolving world.

Additionally, a piece of advice that I can give to someone who is planning on studying in China is to travel, delve into small streets, try the food at the local restaurants and interact with local people, who are extremely nice and helpful.

Try to discover China during your study period, discover different cuisines, learn about the cultural differences, history and enjoy your time here, as it will definitely be one of the greatest experiences in your life.