Explore Saint Paul University’s Exchange Program!
SPU Conflict Studies Student Michelle Weldon Discovers Taiwan
When Saint Paul University’s fourth-year Conflict Studies student Michelle Weldon discovered the university’s international exchange program has agreements with Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan, she decided to live and study abroad.
The program has grown in popularity over the last years. With agreements in various universities in France, Germany, Columbia, Ireland, the Philippines, and Taiwan, students can diversify their academic experience on an international scale.
Michelle Weldon participated in a semester exchange program in Taiwan for the fall 2012 semester. Saint Paul University’s exchange program allows students to broaden their horizons while acquiring new knowledge in a different cultural environment.
“The exchange program is an opportunity that every student should take advantage of. It’s a chance to expand your comfort zone on an academic and personal level,” says Michelle.
“My favourite aspect about Taiwan is the accessibility to travel to cities like Hong Kong and neighbouring countries like the Philippines and Thailand. My full course load (5 classes) was scheduled on three days of the week. With a long weekend, that gave me time to explore night markets, go on beautiful road trips to Kenting National Park, hike in the mountainous regions, enjoy the traditional Moon Festival activities, and be back for class on time.”
Michelle’s mandatory classes were largely influenced by Chang Jung Christian University as well as the surrounding culture. For her mandatory classes, she learned about Taiwan’s history and Mandarin. Saint Paul University’s intimate setting is shared by Chang Jung Christian University; with classrooms no larger than those at Saint Paul University, Michelle was encouraged and happy to receive the same quality of education.
“When it comes down to it, taking part in SPU’s exchange program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity. You learn how to become more resourceful and independent while appreciating the new culture and perspectives. I really hope students will continue to explore the exchange program at Saint Paul and reach beyond the academic borders for an adventure.”