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The Beijing Center - November 2, 2018

WELCOME TO THE TBC’ERS OF FALL 2016!

The Beijing Center - October 11, 2016

Spring Break: TBC Style

The Beijing Center - April 11, 2017

FR. GENE

During the closing ceremony for the spring 2015 semester, TBC’s Dean of Academics and Faculty, Russell Moses, addressed the students for a final time. When thanking certain faculty members, Dean Moses described TBC’s Academic Advisor, Fr. Eugene Geinzer, SJ as “the heart of TBC.” In my opinion, this could not be a more accurate statement….

GREEN BEANS

In my opinion, one of the best parts about living at the University of International Business and Economics, TBC’s host university, is the street right outside of campus’s East Gate. Every night from about 6-10pm, the street is always bustling with street vendors and a myriad of delicious restaurants. If you are looking for a…

LIVING IN A HOMESTAY

Living with a Chinese roommate during the spring ’15 semester was one of my favorite aspects of TBC. My roommate and I became extremely close by the end of the semester. It was sad to move out once the semester ended, however my summer internship at TBC has given me a new living experience: living…

THE BEST SUMMER JOB: INTERNING AT TBC

My study abroad experience in Beijing was, at the very least, everything I could have hoped for. About midway through the semester, I decided that four months would not be enough time in China and I quickly started to make plans of staying in China this summer. After struggling to find a suitable internship or…

MAKE-UP CLASSES: A REASON TO GET OUT

At TBC, classes are scheduled very simply: aside from Chinese classes, each class is held just once a week, for two hours and forty-five minutes. The time slots are 1:30–4:15pm, 4:30–7:15pm, and 7:30–10:15pm. While two and a half hours may seem like a really long time to sit in class, every professor is understanding about giving one or…

Reflections on Yunnan

By James O’Brien During a two-week break from Beijing and classwork I experienced the incredible diversity of China’s southwestern Yunnan province. I bonded with my fellow TBC students while there. We were brought together through an extraordinary and trying experience. During our orientation the week prior, TBC staff told us that our time in Yunnan…

China: Adjusting to an Extraordinary and New Environment

By James O’Brien It is a privilege to study here; I feel truly honored and humbled by my first several weeks in China. I have been so hospitably received that I feel that 对外经贸大学 (University of International Business and Economics) has already become my home. These past weeks in China I have experienced new things…

China: First Impressions

China. It didn’t seem real. As the plane landed, the grogginess of my jet lag, slowly faded away. Am I really here? Is this really where I will be for the next semester? Waves of anticipation and nausea hit me, making my stomach churn. The weeks of preparation and studying, slowly vanished as I took…

Two Down, Two To Go!

你好! I have officially been living and studying in Beijing for two weeks and have two more weeks to go! I have to admit that I can’t believe it’s already the third week, it really has flown by. I have looked forward to going to China for as long as I can remember and thanks…

Última Entrada Desde Beijing

By Laura Rojas-Aponte El aeropuerto de Beijing tiene tres terminales; la uno, la dos y la tres. La tercera es para vuelos internacionales, la primera para uso exclusivo de los miembros de la élite del partido y la segunda para vuelos domésticos y algunos destinos cercanos. Yo estoy en las segunda con Lance, Stephanie, Victoria…