Culture In-Depth: Chinese Students at the U of M

Mingzhi Li, International Student and Scholar Services

Like many other higher education institutions across the U.S., the University of Minnesota has seen a significant increase in the size of our Chinese student population over the last ten years. Approximately half of the international students at the University are from China, and these students bring unique experiences and curiosity to our campus.

During this workshop, a panel of Chinese students will share their personal stories about interactions on campus. From their discussion and other interactive exercises, you will learn about the academic choices Chinese students make and how unique aspects of Chinese culture (such as collectivism, face saving, and shame) impact the student experience. Walking away from this workshop, you will be better able to connect with Chinese students and help bring their talents and perspectives to the forefront in the classroom and student life.

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the contextual factors influencing the Chinese student experience
  • Appreciate the cultural values that Chinese students bring, including collectivism, face saving, and shame
  • Develop a set of approaches that will increase your effectiveness with international students
Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
Heller Hall, Room 1210