The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute recently hosted a group of students from Xi’an Gaoxin No. 1 High School in Shanghai, China. The students were participants in an annual camp hosted by the UK Confucius Institute in which Chinese students are given the opportunity to experience both American and UK culture. See images of the visit here.
During their time on campus, students had the opportunity to sit in on a variety of courses and tour UK facilities. Students also enrolled in short-term, intensive ESL classes, in which they worked to strengthen their speaking skills. Several faculty members also took part in the summer camp by speaking to students about the work they do on and off campus. Students also took part in college application workshops to better understand the U.S. college application process, as well as the specific process for applying to UK.
The summer camp also included several stops at attractions unique to Lexington, including the Henry Clay Mansion, Lexington Farmer’s Market, Ramsey’s Diner and a Lexington Legends baseball game.
After leaving campus, students spent a few days in New York City before flying back to Shanghai, though students will carry memories of their Bluegrass experience for a lifetime.
“We really had a good time at the University of Kentucky. I really loved the warmhearted people in Kentucky and I’ll miss my time here,” one student said.