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More students should experience studying abroad
"Going to school a few hours from home, a state or two away or even across the country will never compare to taking classes in another country. After being on a trip of a lifetime, while fulfilling credits for my major, I learned more than what I was just taught in the classroom."
An excerpt from Samantha Walsh's feature in The East Carolina Opinion section. 

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SNNU visitors observe local school classroom
Cultural Immersion: Chinese students visit ECU, local schools

Student teachers from Shaanxi Normal University (SNNU) in Xi'an, China traveled more than 7,500 miles to spend four weeks at East Carolina University to learn more about the American education system and culture.

ECU's Language Academy and College of Education are hosting the group of 14. While at ECU, they are participating in English language training along with visits to local schools and participating in cultural experiences - including a trip to Washington, DC.

"One of the things I like is that American teachers encourage their students to talk about anything. When I go back to China I want to let my students speak what they think. I think it is very important," said Wenyan Li, who plans to teach Chinese language and literature.

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SNNU students arrive to ECU
ECU Language Academy hosts visitors from China
ECU Language Academy (ECULA) and ECU's College of Education have partnered with Shaanxi Normal University in China to host 14 visiting students for 4 weeks. The visitors will participate in intensive English classes through ECULA, have the opportunity to stay with a local family for a weekend, and also observe primary, secondary, and college classrooms facilitated by the College of Education.

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Chinese Festival
ECU and local community prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year

Join us on Sunday, February 10 for a Chinese New Year Celebration for the year of the pig. Festivities will take place in the ECU Student Center on 10th Street. Activities include calligraphy, face painting, Chinese paintings, riddles, and other games. The Stage Show will begin at 3 pm. The day will conclude with a buffet dinner at West End Dining Hall at 6 pm (self-pay at the door). 

Click here for more information.

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Snowy day in Certaldo Alto, Italy
A snowy day at ECU's campus in Certaldo Alto, Italy
This photo makes us want to put on our snow boots and wander through cobble stone streets! Do you want to study in a medieval Italian village for a semester? Space is still available for our ECU Tuscany program for this fall. Click the link below to learn more about the program, eligibility, and application process.

Photo credit: Giacomo Bertelli

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