Letters from Our Alumni

Nicola

Upon graduating from GW in 2015 I had one goal: live in China. 

And I’m happy to report that ever since I’ve been doing just that.

How? Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships! I’m absolutely hooked on them.

First, thanks to the help of Professor Liana Chen, I took advantage of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship provided by the Taiwan Ministry of Education to study for the summer at National Taiwan Normal University. After that, Professor Dong and GW’s Confucius Institute helped me land the Confucius Institute Scholarship for a year of language study at Nanjing University. What a year!

And now, courtesy of the Chinese Scholarship Council, this month I am set to begin a two-year Masters of International Trade at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

These three institutions are teeming with opportunity. Their mission is to recruit foreign students to study in their universities as a way to raise their prestige as a loci for learning, and to promote their country’s goodwill internationally.  They’re incentive programs so they’re looking for reasons to accept students - there’s often more funding than applicants!

These fully funded scholarships are meant to encourage Mandarin study, among countless other majors from the bachelors through to the PhD level. Programs are offered in Mandarin, as well as many in English as well. My masters courses are instructed in English, with supplementary Mandarin classes included.

I think above else, I’m a testament that knowledge about opportunities is power. I don’t have a five-year plan or even an inkling of what I want to do professionally. I’m doing this all as I go. But what I do know is that the opportunities generated by these government scholarships are available and highly attainable.

Anyone interested please don’t hesitate to contact me at nicolalicata@qq.com for more details about how to apply, what to expect, and beyond! I’d love to hear from you!

I can’t thank the professors in the EALL department, and the Confucius Institute enough for supplementing my own efforts to get to China - I couldn’t have done it without your support!

Proud to be a Colonial,

Nicola