CAC Students Study at Northeastern University, Shenyang, China

Two CAC students, Ian Cockrill and Cori Villarreal, were awarded scholarships to study in China during the spring semester of 2009. At that time Cockrill was in the Honors Program at CAC’s Superstition Mountain Campus and Villarreal was studying at CAC’s Signal Peak Campus to be a pharmacist. Before leaving, Villarreal, who was doing research on Chinese traditional medicine, said “I can’t wait to get to China and learn about the culture.”  Cockrill, who wanted to study some of China’s environmental issues, said “This trip will allow me to do firsthand work on my Honors project.” 

The students left for Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, at the beginning March and returned the end of June.  Northeastern University has partnered with Central Arizona College in a long-term faculty and student exchange program.  Two Chinese students and one Chinese professor, all from NEU, came to CAC in the fall of 2009 as part of the exchange.  Debbie Foster, a popular CAC professor, also traveled to NEU to teach the fall semester of that year. 

In addition to their independent study projects, Cockrill and Villarreal took Chinese speaking and writing language classes, a literature class, and a cross cultural communications class.  They had the opportunity to work closely with Chinese students who were studying English in the NEU College of Foreign Studies. 

NEU International Sports Competition
Students from around the world come together at NEU

NEU International Sports Competition
Ian Cockrill carrying the flag at the NEU International Sports Competition

Cori Villarreal with fellow Cross Cultural Communications Students
Cori and friends

Cori and Ian with fellow Cross Cultural Communications Students
Friends from different cultures learn from one another

NEU International Students
NEU International Students visit the first "Gu-Gong," or Forbidden City, in Shenyang

NEU professor and students
Ian Cockrill and Cori Villarreal with the NEU professor and students

Cori and Ian with fellow Cross Cultural Communications Students
Students understanding each other's culture

Winter in Shenyang, China
Ian Cockrill on the NEU Campus

NEU International Sports Competition
Ian Cockrill running in the 1000 meter race in the NEU International Sports Competition

Discovering an Intriguing Country and Culture
Ian Cockrill and fellow NEU Students at the Ming Temple in Shenyang, China

Cori and Ian with fellow Cross Cultural Communications Students
Student working together

Cross Cultural Communications Class
Ian Cockrill and Cori Villarreal with their cross cultural communications instructor

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