Yifeng Zhao

Yifeng Zhao

With a 2007-08 academic year study abroad grant from CICS, international studies minor Yifeng Zhao enrolled in the Peking University School of International Studies. Yifeng, who hails from Hamden, Connecticut, has a strong interest in U.S.-China relations and had previously studied international relations and international law. Yifeng worked as an English tutor for international students at Peking University and conducted research on the media’s influence on student volunteers in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. When asked to sum up her study abroad experience in China Yifeng said, “I was able to take courses with the local Chinese students and experience firsthand what university life is like in China. It was so interesting to see the way international issues are taught and analyzed outside of the U.S. Taking all my classes in Chinese was also a tough but greatly rewarding challenge. Outside of academics, I was able to travel and see just how diverse a country China is. My travels extended from Beijing to metropolitan Shanghai to the beautiful Southern scenery of Hangzhou and Xiamen. Living in Beijing, I was also able to witness all the pre-Olympic preparations and excitement. It was always a thrill to drive by the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, where so many of the races would be taking place. To be in the city where such a momentous event is taking place was amazing.”