Date registered: December 2, 2010
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Here's my experience with higher education here in Chengdu: I started as an "extension student" at the undergrad program in 西南民族大学. I did one semester of classroom instruction, then switched to their tutoring program for a year. After that, I went on to the grad school at 川大.
Sichuan University has a language program, but it's rather... well, rigid. It might not quite suit your specific needs because what they offer is a more complete program. I'm not sure you could just jump right into it, and I'm not sure what, if anything, they could do with you. They really seem to want students who will commit to a whole degree-oriented program.
I'm a grad student at Chuan Da, so I'm not 100% sure all this, but it seems to me that they really want people to take a full 2 or 4 year program for the undergrads. I'm not sure, I might be mistaken, but that's the 感觉 I get.
If you're looking for something a little more supplimental, then I'd go with 西南民族大学. They offer something where you can just take six hours of one on one tutoring a week and they'll provide you a visa. The merits of having a tutor are that you can study at your own speed, "hog" the teacher all to yourself and guide him/her in the direction that you want. Six hours of tutoring, I found, was much more effective than fifteen hours of classroom instruction. Also, six hours of class-time a week would leave you plenty of time to pursue other endeveors, like finding a job. The only risk is if you get a crappy tutor, it's a really annoying experience.
As for student loans and stuff, this tutoring option at 民大 is accreditted, so you should be able to get your loans deferred.
That's what I'd recommend, based on my experience.
Oh, and in terms of scholarships, you should really check out the Chinese Government Scholarship. http://en.csc.edu.cn/ I don't know how they'd work it out, but you might be able to get that for your time here.
Let me know how things work out!
It sounds like your dog turned aggressive after he suffered that traumatic visit to the hospital. How much time did you spend with him when he was there? Any? It seems to me that after this experience your dog doesn't trust you to protect him, so he's lashing out because he thinks he has to constantly defend himself. I have two dogs myself, and I know how scary it can be for them to go to the vet's. I also know how cruel Chinese veterinarians can be sometimes. In the future, make sure that you always accompany your little guy to any new or scary experience and let him know that it's ok. You have to let your dog know that you'll defend him and take care of him and never let anything bad happen to him.
Ok, so now that he thinks he's on his own and he can't trust you, I agree with iron rabbit. The best course of action is discipline. You have to get back into that positive of "alpha dog." Make it very clear to him that you will absolutely not tolerate any biting, barking, etc. Keep him on a leash ALL THE TIME, even at home. Whenever he does anything you don't like, grab the leash and let him know that that wasn't acceptable and you aren't going to take it.
Also, most importantly, don't be afraid of him. If he knows you're scared of him, then he's the dominant one, and he's made you the submissive one. You need to communicate to him clearly who's in charge, and then get into that calm, assertive state (yes, I've watched a lot of Cesar Milan). When he sees that you're calm, but not taking any of his crap, then he'll respect you and start to trust you again. And after he respects and trusts you, he'll realize he doesn't have to take care of himself, and will be that same, happy, friendly dog who used to cuddle with you at night.
Be aware, though. This will take time and consistent effort on your part. You can't let him break the rules one day, and enforce them the next. It's confusing. Let him know right now what you expect of him and enforce the rules all the time. He'll come around gradually.
Also, remember: he's not a bad dog; he's confused and scared and doesn't know what to do. Not "bad."
I hope everything works out for you two! Let us all know how things turn out!
I've heard mixed things about sichuan university's Chinese program. As with all large class settings, it has its draw-backs, I'm sure. I'm a grad student at Chuan Da right now, and it seems to be ok. I know that the foreign languages deaprtment there seems to offer a wide range of classes and they seem to be pretty good.
Let me explain the pros and cons of studying at Chuan Da (or any such language school in China)
Pro: You are really in the target language environment, so you have lots of opportunities to talk to the people, which is the only real way to learn.
Con: They'll segregate you into a foreigner-only school, so it's easy to avoid contact with other Chinese students.
Con: At the university, you'll be taught in Mandarin. On the streets, everyone speaks Sichuanhua, which is a very distant counsin of Mandarin, and people might not always be willing to switch into Mandarin for your sake.
Pro: Chinese people will probably immediately take a liking to you
Con: This relationship might be a little more for their own benefit, and all this affection might not necessarily be educational. The people will probably always keep you at some distance, and you will never be accepted into their society.
Pro: Small class sizes, especially at the more advanced stages, which means that you'll get more time and attention from your teachers.
Con: As with all teachers, there are good ones and bad ones, and the bad ones don't necessarily get weeded out.
And yes, you can absolutely work while studying.
Pro: There's lots of work to be done and lots of money to be made if you are interested in teaching English. It will also be part-time work, so you can reserve lots of time for studying.
Con: The pit-falls of teaching English in China. There are so many bad schools and bad job opportunities where you will be the "foreign-ape," just there to give the school face or hold up the charade that they are "innovative" and "internalitionalised." You have to be really careful and really picky when choosing employment.
Hope that's helped!