Bluefield University in the News

BC STUDENTS TRAVEL TO CHINA

by | Oct 1, 2015

Students at Bluefield College are getting a quality level of higher education, not only in the classroom, but also through study abroad to places like China.
BLUEFIELD COLLEGE PROFESSOR DR. SHARON PEROT, WHO RECENTLY TRAVELED TO CHINA WITH TWO BC STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN STUDY ABROAD, TEACHES A CLASS OF CHINESE STUDENTS AT JIANGSU SECOND NORMAL UNIVERSITY IN NANJING.

In fact, two Bluefield College students, Walter Gainer and David White, along with BC professor Dr. Sharon Perot, recently returned from a month of study in Nanjing, China, where they learned much about Chinese history, language and culture and returned with greater appreciation and respect for the Chinese people.

“The China exchange program provides our students the unique opportunity to experience a culture, language and society that is very unique and different from our own,” said Dr. Maria Zalduondo, director of BC’s Global Education program. “Through this exchange experience, where our students converse, live and laugh with Chinese students of their own age, we gain an insight into a different culture.”

Bluefield College has been exchanging students with Jiangsu Second Normal University in Nanjing, China, since the fall of 2009. Jiangsu students visit Bluefield each fall for a semester of study, while BC students travel to China every spring.

This past spring, Gainer and White not only visited Nanjing, but they also traveled to Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. During their travels and studies, they said they learned how to cook Chinese food, cultural manners at formal events, and Chinese characters used when writing. They were also introduced to the language of Mandarin in a few of their classes and through interaction with the Chinese citizens.

“The biggest shock to me was that saying ‘thank you’ can be seen as odd,” said Gainer. “If a friend does something nice, you should not always say ‘thank you.’ A ‘thank you’ is used a lot for when something nice is done by a stranger or somebody you are not as familiar with.”

Gainer also mentioned how “the hospitality and the respect (they) experienced” exceeded his expectations as he shared stories of a local man who helped them communicate with a waiter at a restaurant and another local who offered them lessons in martial arts.

“The students we met in Nanjing would go out of their way to travel around the city with us and paid for our taxi even though we told them we could pay for it,” said Gainer. “There is not a single thing I enjoyed the most, because I enjoyed every bit of it.”

Bluefield College will continue the cultural exchange with China by welcoming Jiangsu students to the BC campus this fall.

“Through difference, we develop an understanding of the commonality and familiarity of the human experience,” said Dr. Zalduondo. “As we interact with the Chinese, they become our friends. Our walls come down, and we build bridges of understanding and mutual respect.”

Bluefield University

[email protected]276.326.4212

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231

 

Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor