Outgoing: a year in China for Fanny
Fanny Asei Dantoni, 20 years old, is following a Bachelor degree in Law and Political Science. She carried out her third year within the framwork of an exchange program at the China University of Political Sciences and Law.
Why did you choose to partake in this exchange program?
When in high school, I studied Chinese for three years and in my final year, I partook in a school trip to Beijing. The language, the culture, the country… I loved it all! China is a country like no other and its marked differences make it all the more special. During my second year of legal studies at the University of Bordeaux, I learned about the exchange program with the China University of Political Sciences and Law (CUPL). Such an opportunity – to improve my English and Chinese, learn about a different legal system and discover a foreign culture – was not to be missed. It represented not only a great academic experience, but, just as important, a great human experience too!
What are your impressions of the China University of Political Sciences and Law?
The China University of Political Sciences and Law is a well-reputed establishment, ranked one of the top three Law universities in China. It is quite small (just 14,000 students in total) which makes it easier to get to know your fellow classmates. The professors here, all of Chinese origin, are cultivated and highly dedicated to their mission of transferring their knowledge and views about Chinese law. Students come from the four corners of the world which favors open attitudes, a global culture and always ensures interesting and lively discussions!
What are the main differences you have identified between studying in France and studying in China?
For sure, there are some differences between studying in France and studying in China. In France, universities avoid selection criteria and welcome high numbers of students. However, once admitted, the real test starts as the actual academic cursus and exams are very demanding. On the other hand, in China, only a few places are available within the universities. Candidates must thus pass highly selective, difficult entrance examinations. Once in, the student failure rate is very low and the academic cursus is, in general, easier to follow.
In terms of the teaching styles, I have remarked that in China the focus is placed on strictly studying each and every concept while in France the emphasis is on forming a strong, personal opinion.
What have you learned from this international experience so far?
Only half-way through and I’ve already learned so much from this experience! I’ve obviously learned a lot about Chinese culture and, thanks to my Chinese friends, now have a true vision of Chinese people. I have of course improved my language skills in Chinese and English, and it has made me realize the importance of learning foreign languages in order to open up to the world. By talking and exchanging with so many international people, I have discovered not only Chinese culture but a global culture. Such an experience really opens your mind and teaches you the value of tolerance.
To sum up, thanks to this exchange program, I’ve learned a lot about myself, how I wish to lead my life, how to be independent and, last but not least, how not to be afraid of the unknown.
CUPL key figures
The China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is a multidisciplinary research university directly under the Ministry of Education. The University focuses on law, accompanied with a variety of other disciplines such as philosophy, economics, literature, science and management.
CUPL has 14007 full-time students, including 8,414 undergraduates, 4,324 postgraduates and 248 overseas students. It currently has a faculty of 898 members, among which 109 are doctoral advisers, 587 are professors or associate professors. 83.7% have master’s degrees of above.
The University has established international relationships with about 100 other universities of more than 20 different countries or regions.