Time to say Goodbye!

Previous Friday we had the Commencement for our Summer Session II students. It was hosted by one of our high school students. The opening speech was held by Associate Director Ms. Sara Luo. She reviewed with a slide show the events and highlights of the Program.

Commencement opening speech by Associate Director Ms. Sara Luo
Student speech at the Commencement 

We invited our students to share some of their experiences and challenges in Chengdu. Every time it is great to listen to their unique experiences and how they felt when they stepped for the first time on Asian ground. One of our students is also a great singer and gave us a demonstration of her amazing talent.

Amazing live performance by one of our students
Commencement Summer Session II Group Photo

Within the last week a Delegation from Norwich University visited the Center to explore further cooperation possibilities. The guests were Provost and Dean of Faculty Dr. Sandra Affenito, Professor and Director of Nursing Paulette Thabault and Assistant Vice President for International Education Thy Yang.

Visit of Shenton Health Clinic together with the Norwich Delegation

Aside from meetings and business related visits, the Delegation was as well able to visit some local cultural sites. Starting with the Wide and Narrow Alleys and a Tea House over to the Panda Base and not to forget the local food.

In terms of developing, they had several meetings with the G-MEO team and some faculty as well as one with the students. The members of the Delegation were very happy to meet 4 of our current students and to get some first hand experiences.

They also enjoyed the visits of Tashui Community and the Parkway Health Clinic.

Visit of the Rose Garden at the Panda Base together with the Norwich Delegation

Visit of Tashui Community together with the Norwich Delegation

Within the meetings and discussions the G-MEO team had with the Norwich Delegation, it was possible to develop a brand new Nursing Program in cooperation with a local clinic. Aside from that Norwich will offer several general courses in Chengdu as for example mathematics and physics and as well, opportunities for students majoring in International Business and International Studies and a reshaping of the Criminal Justice program.

Upon this, and to strengthen the relationship and cooperation, both parties agreed on the name of “City Lab in Chengdu –Learning Laboratory”

This are wonderful news for both sides and we are glad to have such a great partner and hope that everyone enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed hosting the Delegation .

Thank you for coming, we are looking forward to a successful collaboration.

The Delegation from Norwich University at the Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad together with students, faculty and staff




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We keep exploring Chinese culture!

Walking through Chengdu, you will often find people who are practicing Taichi right on the street, in parks, close by the river, everywhere! It is practiced for defense training and for its health benefits. It was originally a form of martial arts and performed for competitive reasons.

TaiChi is also a part of Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy and symbolizes the fusion of Yin and Yang. The origin of this tradition is disputed and follows several possible roots, but it has existed for more than 400 years.

Students practicing Taichi at Qingcheng Mountain

Previous weekend was one of the colder days in Chengdu, this was highly appreciated by our students who climbed Qingcheng Mountain on Saturday. Together with a group Taichi Masters we explored the Mountain and practiced this wonderful art in the mountain.

Taichi at Qingcheng Mountain with a Master

The Master showed the students the basics, and they followed his lead. For most of them it was their first experience with Taichi and the combination of beauty and the spirituality of the place made it perfect.

Group Picture!

Students at Qingcheng Mountain

One of our Norwich students with Yin & Yang a fundamental element of Taichi

After the exhausting ascent on Saturday, we invited the students to a KTV place on Tuesday night. Especially our internship students love this traditional Asian leisure activity.

Students at KTV

The English Corner field trip on Thursday night, led by Cross-Cultural Psychology Professor John Dulmage was a great success. At the local community he shared the importance of cross-cultural communication and how it raises the awareness and a better understanding for other cultures and beings.

Introduction of G-MEO at Yizhou Community by Ms. Sara Luo

English Corner Attendants at Yizhou Community

Yizhou Community thanks Professor John Dulmage for the presentation

The community did not only thank him with a bouquet of flowers but as well with a great children’s performance. Thanks to John, the Community and all the attendants!

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Highlights of week 2

The time in the Summer Session is always quite limited and running fast, we already have half-time!

Nonetheless, our students are trying to get the most out of it. Just this weekend, a group of students headed by themselves to Leshan to see the Giant Buddha. The other day G-MEO took them to Huang Long Xi the famous Ancient Town, close by Chengdu.

Students at Huang Long Xi Ancient Town
Tickets for the Giant Buddha! – Excited Students
Students exploring the Giant Buddha by themselves

Our two incoming Harvard students Perri Smith and Phillip Jones organized our annual non-profit event with the header “Youth Leadership Talk”, on Tuesday night. Among other things, they discussed the “11 Leadership Principles”, the “14 Leadership Traits” and Design Thinking. The later one, especially helps to structure your own life and to lead it actively to the point where you want to be in a few years.

Associate Director Sara Luo is introducing G-MEO
Youth Leadership Talk Participants
Clarification of further questions with Chief Operating Officer Dr. Sherry Sun
Clarification of questions with Perri Smith

With Phillip’s military background and Perri’s on hands working experience, both could convey a good picture and a comprehensive message.

The Chief of International Office of Chengdu Educational Bureau Mr. Yan Yisheng, Chief Operating Officer Ms. Dr. Sherry Sun, Deputy Director General of Chengdu Educational Bureau Ms. Lai Shimei, Associate Director Sara Luo 

Chief Operating Officer Dr. Sherry Sun and Associate Director Sara Luo are these busy with visits and meetings. This week they visited among others, the Educational Bureau and together with Norwich Professor John Dulmage the Chengdu Social Workers Association.

The Professor’s Cross-Cultural Psychology class is cooperating with the Chengdu Social Workers Association. His students volunteered to visit their sites once a week to help out and get some hands-on experiences.

The Cross-Cultural Psychology Class

First impressions

Students interacting on-site

Students interacting on-site

Within Summer Session I this project already brought promising results and a phenomenal feedback of the students, the professor and the Association itself. We hope to keep up a long-lasting  cooperation.

Visit of Chengdu Social Workers Association

One of our current students from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Erika Marohn, hosted this weeks’ English Corner. She explained how our daily life companion, our Smartphone, can be used in its best way as a camera. She herself has traveled more than 30 countries and keeps record in form of pictures.

English Corner hosted by Erika Marohn

Erika explained some small but very important details to get the best shot. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

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A new beginning – Summer Session II

We just started into our second Summer Session, it will last for four weeks. There are 10 incoming students from American universities. The 12 students participating in the internship program also are still in Chengdu.

Here are a few impressions of our Orientation:


Playtime: Orientation Games

Playtime: Orientation Games

Playtime: Orientation Games

Don’t forget the Group Photo! Welcome everyone to Chengdu, no matter if you are coming home from the states, discovering China for the first time or just want to add it to your list of visited countries. Two other, very special local students, are high from high school No. 7 and experiencing college courses for the first time.

G-MEO presents: Summer Session II

G-MEO and the experiences you have here will always stick in your mind. Many of our students are drawn to come back to visit, especially our foreign students who tend to visit from time to time. We are very glad about that and are welcoming whoever stops by! Sarah Butcher was a student in Spring 2015 and has worked for some time now as an English teacher in China. Before heading back, she traveled with her father through China and wanted to say “Hi” to the Center’s staff.

Alumni Sarah Butcher from Caroll University visited the Center with Assocate Director Sara Luo (left) and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Sherry Sun (right)

The rest of the first week was relatively calm. The Sunday after the Orientation, we took the students to the Panda Base but had to go back earlier due to the heavy rain. On Tuesday, some of our students went together with Professor John Dulmage from Norwich University to watch the Sichuan Opera.

Sichuan Opera

This weeks’s English Corner was hosted by our German intern, Christina. She gave an interesting presentation about an important part of her daily life, gliding. Gliders are those crazy planes that fly without any engine.

Aerotow of a glider


English Corner attendants

Growing up on an airfield and holding her license since the age of 16, Christina could explain a lot and was glad answer all the attendees’ questions. Some of the participants shared also their hobbies and dreams, such as traveling on a horse for longer amount of time or riding a bike all over Asia.

Follow your dreams and don’t allow anyone to keep you from them!










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Finals and Speeches – Week 5, Time to say Goodbye

Safe travels home and see you again! We have completed our last week, and it ended not only with the final exams but also with a Commencement celebration on Tuesday. The event was opened by G-MEO’s Chief Operating Officer Dr. Sherry Sun. Jim Mullinax, the Consulate General of the American Consulate, and two students gave wonderful speeches about their own experiences and accomplishments. 

Opening remarks by Chief Operating Officer Dr. Sherry Sun

Commencement - speech by Jim Mullinax, Consulate General

Commencement - speech by Chinese student representative

Commencement - speech by foreign student representative

All of our students received the G-MEO Certificate for successful participation and completion of Summer Session I. In addition, the Foreign Affairs Office issued the Chengdu Overseas Ambassador for Friendly Exchange Certificate to our foreign students. The certificates were issued by Jim Mullinax, the General Consulate, Xiong Min, the America-Oceania Divison deputy division chief of Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, and Zeng Hanlu, the Coordinator of Student Scholarship of Chengdu Education Overseas Exchange Center. The professors who taught for the first time with G-MEO received the Chengdu Overseas Ambassador for Friendly Exchange Certificate as well. 









Chengdu Overseas Ambassador for Friendly Exchange Certificate for professors

Many thanks to all the attendees and our great guest speakers and thank you Andy for the wonderful summary and the thoughtful closing remarks!

Closing Remarks by Professor Andy Guth

An event without group pictures lacks some memories. Here we go!

Summer Session I

Commencement - Faculty & Guests

Guests with the G-MEO Team

Beginning Business Chinese class with their Professor Jane Kuo

Thursday night was the last English Corner in Summer Session I. Michele Barto gave an introduction on “Follow Your Passion.” She shared her experience as a teacher, both at the elementary and the college levels. Those in attendance introduced themselves in small groups and discussed their hobbies and passion. Great job Michele, thank you!

Thursday night's English Corner

Thusday night's English Corner

Thursday night's English Corner

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Birthday in China, Tea House Experience & Student’s Voice – Week 4

Due to all the birthdays we had during our Summer Session 1, we decided to organize a party for all together. Therefore, we met on Tuesday night at a local KTV house and enjoyed some panda cake and gifts.

Birthday Celebration in a Chinese KTV House

Birthday Celebration in a Chinese KTV Hous

Another great cultural experience we had this week in the Center was the Tea House Session, lead by some locals. They introduced the Chinese international students just as the foreign students and faculty in the traditional art of making tea and the differences within the different kinds.

Tea House Experience

Tea House Experience

Tea House Experience

Tea House Experience

This week’s English Corner was led by our new intern Phillip Jones, an incoming graduate Harvard Business School student. Who conducted a leadership workshop for local High School and College students, as well as some local people and attending students from our program.

Tuesday night's English Corner

Tuesday night's English Corner

Tuesday night's English Corner

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Jannice Santiago: When in China

My name is Jannice Santiago and I’m a Hospitality Major at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus. I arrived in Chengdu June 1st for course studies and Internship (11 week program), since arriving it’s been the experience of a lifetime. The programs at G-MEO are thoroughly set up, from the amazing team of professors and their curriculums, to the outstanding, helpful and very patient G-MEO staff.

Being here in Chengdu was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I felt I needed to be part of and I’m so happy I could be here. So far I have had the privilege of making new friends with students from the states and Chengdu, Chinese natives. I have also participated in a handful of scheduled events such as; English Corner, Panda Base Visit, Sichuan Opera and Dragon Boat Festival (Holiday).

                                  Fairmont Hotel – my internship location
                                                                 Such a cutie! 

I am an intern for 5-star luxury, Fairmont Hotel and I have to say it’s been a true honor. Adjusting to new life here has been tough for me but with the help of my colleagues and being surround by delicious and eye catching foods/ creatively designed cocktails all day at ‘The Cube’, Fairmont’s tri-level restaurant, bar and lounge…how could a girl not be happy?

Being here in China has really made me feel part of the culture and it’s building my character and understanding for other people from different parts of the world. Everyone should come to Chengdu at least once for this life changing experience, no better feeling than to be able be to say, I DID IT!

                                                               After work fun! 


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Week 3 – Mid-terms, Taichi experiences and Holiday Explorations

Last week on Friday night, we sent or students and faculty to discover the Sichuan Opera.

Sichuan Opera

Sichuan Opera

During the holiday of the Dragon Boat Festival, lots of our students took the chance to travel around Sichuan Province and discover beautiful places. They shared a few pictures with us.

Students exploring Emei Mountain on their own

Students exploring Emei Mountain on their own

Students exploring Long Huangxi, Ancient town on their own

The current G-MEO Summer Session 1 faculty met for a get-together in the J.W. Mariott Hotel for a nice and exclusive dinner together with the Center’s Director, Jingyu Wang, and the Associate Director, Sara Luo.

Faculty get together in J.W. Mariott Hotel

This week we also welcomed Jason Scorza, Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He visited the Center to witness the academic quality and to develop new cooperation opportunities.

Lunch with Jason Scorza, faculty and staff

For one of our activities we organized a renowned, local Taichi Master to come to the Center and to teach our students and faculty more about this ancient art. He brought some of his students to help him instruct the class. Aside from participating, Jane Kuo our leading Chinese teacher did us a favor and helped with translating the instructions.

We just received the great news that we will be able to offer a Credit-Based Taichi and Chinese Kung Fu course in the future, beginning in Spring 2019.

Group picture of the Taichi participants

The Taichi Session

Professor John Dulmage and Jane Kuo during the Taichi Session

The Taichi Session

This week’s English Corner was led by our current intern Perri Smith. She picked up the topic of the Fifa World Cup and provided the attendees with interesting information around the event. In addition, she encouraged everyone to speak up and initiated small group discussions.

English Corner hosted by Perri Smith

English Corner group discussion

English Corner hosted by Perri Smith

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Exploration, new beginnings, skills and Hot Pot in Chengdu- Week 2

We have just finished our second week with the new students, faculty and staff and it seems like it has already been months since everyone arrived! Every week we have lots of activities going on, here are some impressions about this week’s events:

Students enjoying the famous local Hotpot

Students exploring Chengdu on their own with the famous Jiuyanqiao Bridge in the background



Professor Stephanie Honchell practicing Calligraphy

Calligraphy is a traditional Chinese art, our Professor Stephanie Honchell (first picture in the last row on the right), from Fairleigh Dickinson University, brought her “Silk Road” class to the activity and made it part of her lecture. We are glad to be able to cooperate with such great staff and think it is a great idea! Thanks as well to the Chinese teachers and staff who lead this event.

Jannice Santiago, from Fairleigh Dickinson University, at her internship at Fairmont

Michaela Jarvis, from Nazareth College, at her internship at International School Chengdu

Xiaoqin Gui, from American University, at her internship at 遛狗匠 (Liu Gou Jiang)

Alfredo Bastini and Guanhao Wu, both from Stevens Institute of Technology, at their internship at RYDIT

Students taking part in our internship program have started their internships within the last few weeks. Not all of them have provided us with photos yet, but we will keep you updated! So far all of them seem quite happy with their current positions and tasks.

Our new intern Perri Smith trying her first HotPot

We are glad to welcome as well a new face to our team, Perri Smith from the United States will join us over the Summer. She is an incoming graduate student at Harvard Business school and worked most recently for Accenture, an information technology consulting firm in Washington DC.

Cross Cultural Psychology class visit of Chengdu Social Workers Association

Cross Cultural Psychology class visit of Chengdu Social Workers Association

Cross Cultural Psychology class visit of Chengdu Social Workers Association

Cross Cultural Psychology class visit of Chengdu Social Workers Association

A project initiated by our Professor John Dulmage, from Norwich University, lead his class for Cross Cultural Psychology to the Chengdu Social Workers Association, accompanied by the Center’s Director Jingyu Wang and the Assistant Director Sara Luo. The project will last for 3 more weeks and we are looking forward to a great collaboration!

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Summer 2018 – Week 1 Orientation

We have started right into a new Summer Program with wonderful new students, staff and faculty. Here are a few impressions:

Welcome everyone in Chengdu!

Opening speech by the Center's Director

Group Games at Orientation

Group Games at Orientation

Mission Impossible.

Mission Impossible.

FOA Trip to Panda Base

FOA Trip to Panda Base

Faculty & Staff

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