Study Abroad

Study Abroad

MY UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS AND EXPERIENCES

In 1995 I read a small ad in the newspaper in Hilo, Hawaii, for a new study abroad program being developed between the University of Hawaii and Peking University in China.

I called the number and was surprised to be able to speak directly to the Chinese professor, Dr. John H.L. Cheng.

The sincerity in his voice immediately struck me, as he told me, "You go to China – you learn many things – maybe change your life!"

He was right; it did!

I went on to complete a total of nine undergraduate study abroad programs.

In front of Mount Everest, Tibet, in 2000 while on an independent study program through the University of Hawaii at Hilo [click on photo to visit Tibet Photo Journal page].

NINE PROGRAMS ABROAD

Seven of the nine programs were components of my Bachelors of Arts Degree at the University of Hawaii. Thanks to the kindness and flexibility of Professor Cheng, a new Liberal Studies Committee was formed in order to approve a special undergraduate program, Experiential Studies in Chinese Culture and Philosophy.

After graduation, I continued learning abroad during the summer of 2002 in China, and the academic year of 2003 in Taiwan. These experiential learning programs helped me secure a scholarship from the Taiwan Ministry of Education and the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles for my graduate studies.


1. CHINESE SILK ROAD

1995 – Xian, China – The Silk Road [click for more photos]

1995 Summer Abroad – UHH China Culture Study Tour

University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) – Peking University (PKU), Beijing, PRC

The Silk Road – Xian, Jaiyuguan, Dunghuang, Turpan, Urumuchi, Kashgar


2. COSTA RICA

1996 – Costa Rican Surfing Contest

1996 Summer Abroad – University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC)

University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) – National University of Costa Rica at Heredia (UNA)

Campus-based Program – Spanish Language; Central American History

Independent Travel – Panama, Ecuador, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil


3. NORTH CHINA PLAIN

1997 – The North China Plain

1997 Summer Abroad – UHH China Culture Study Tour

University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) – Peking University (PKU), Beijing, PRC

The North China Plain – Exploring the Confucius-Mencius Tradition, Dawenkuo Archeological Site, Tai Shan (Mount Tai)


4. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1997 – Xhosa Culture – Soweto, South Africa [click for more photos]

1997 (Fall) Semester Abroad – Cape Town, South Africa

School for International Training (SIT) – University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa

Arts and Social Change in South Africa

Language Program – Xhosa

Independent Study Project (ISP) – Toponomy of South Africa


5. SEVILE, SPAIN

1998 – The Spring Fair – Seville, Spain

1998 (Spring) Semester Abroad – Seville, Spain

St. Bonaventure University (SBU) – College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) – International College of Seville (ICS), Spain.

Campus-based Program – Spanish language; Culture and Society of Spain; History of Spain

Independent Travel – Cordoba, Granada, Rhonda, Marbella, Madrid, Segovia, Mallorca, Portugal, Morocco


6. SOUTHWEST CHINA

2000 – Zhangjiajie – Southwest China [click for more photos]

2000 Summer Abroad – UHH Chinese Culture Study Tour

University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) – Peking University (PKU), Beijing, PRC

Southwest China – Exploring Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province; Jiuzhaigou and Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Independent Study in Tibet – Lhasa, Xigazê, and Gyantse fertile valleys of Tibet; Rongbuk Monastery, Mount Everest; Kathmandu, Nepal


7. SILK ROAD, CHINA & PAKISTAN

2001 – Kashgar Bazaar – Xinjiang, China [click for more photos]

2001 Summer Abroad – UHH Chinese Culture Study Tour – China, Pakistan, India

University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) – Peking University (PKU), Beijing, PRC

The Silk Road (China) – Exploring Xian, Jaiyuguan, Dunghuang, Turpan, and Urumuchi.

Independent Study (China, Pakistan, India) – Kashgar, Xinjiang, China; Gilgit, Taxila, Islamabad, Harappa in Pakistan; Deli and Agra, India.


8. SOUTHEAST CHINA

2002 – Hakka Culture – Southeast China

2002 Summer Abroad – UHH Chinese Culture Study Tour

University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) – Peking University (PKU), Beijing, PRC

Southeast China – Exploring the Yellow River; Shao Lin Temple; Hemudu Archaeological Site; Hangzhou; Wuyishan; Yongding Earth Houses; Xiamen; Quanzhou

Independent Travel – Macau and Taiwan


9. TAIWAN

2003 – Taiwan Opera – Taipei City [click for more photos]

2003-2004 Academic Year Abroad – Taiwan, ROC

University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) – Ming Hsin University of Science and Technology (MUST)

Campus-based Exchange Program – Chinese Language, Culture and Philosophy

Independent Study – Chinese Language Program (CLP) at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taipei


Thank you for visiting my Study Abroad Programs page.

I hope other students can benefit from my story and explore their own international education opportunities.

Steven A. Martin

Photo: Costa Rica 1996 – University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC)