Above, Jason Cashmore, College of Lake County biology professor, left, explains native species to Chinese student visitors from Xi’an International University on a hike through the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve. – CLC
A total of eight students and a professor from China’s Xi’an International University (XAIU) enjoyed and learned at College of Lake County this summer for a three week exchange program that lasted through August 4.
The exchange marks the first visit to CLC by students from the Xi’an university, a school that CLC has built close ties with over the past eight years.
In 2012 Xi’an university opened the CLC-Xi’an American Culture Center. CLC was one of 12 American colleges and universities—and the only community college—to be selected by the U.S. Department of State to establish an American cultural center in China, according to Li-hua Yu, a native of China and emeritus CLC sociology professor.
In addition to an abbreviated English language instruction course, the visiting Chinese students have heard faculty presentations on U.S. politics, history, arts, the environment and more. They also have toured various sites in Chicago and Wisconsin.
Since 2008, CLC has offered six semester abroad opportunities at XAIU, with CLC students and faculty participating. Since 2001, CLC has offered 10 short-term field study trips to China. For information on CLC’s range of international programs, including study abroad opportunities, visit www.clcillinois.edu/cie.
Photo caption: Jason Cashmore, College of Lake County biology professor (left), explains native species to a group of Chinese student visitors from Xi’an International University on a hike through the Ryerson Woods Forest Preserve.