The program only provides students with more opportunities to apply for American universities.”
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“Only by working hard can they improve and compete with others. Then again, that’s the same for all students, no matter what kind of program they used to study abroad.”
Jiang at Nanjing University also said it can be hard for foundation course students to settle into a foreign campus, including in the US. “It’s like we can’t really fully be involved,” she said.
She said many people who choose this route feel that colleges in China and overseas see the foundation courses as independent, and the students enrolled as somehow different from the others on campus.
“We really hope that the universities can do more to cooperate more closely, so that we can have a real taste of university life in both countries,” Jiang added. Yan Dongjie contributed to this story.