Thursday, April 3, 2014

HNC Students on Spring Break

HNC students visit SOHO headquarters on the Beijing Career Trek
This week is spring break at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center!  Students typically take advantage of this week to travel around China or the region (last year a group went to North Korea!), or to participate in the HNC's Beijing Career Trek.  As part of the Beijing Career Trek, 20 HNC students, along with HNC's Career Counselor Robbie Shields, traveled to Beijing to meet with employers largely focused in media, non-profit, and government.  Among the employers they are visiting this week are Greenpeace, the Gates Foundation, the US-China Business Council, the US Embassy, and Weber Shandwick. 

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center follows a Chinese academic calendar with American characteristics.  Students have a one-week break over the Chinese National Day holiday in October, a one-week fall break that typically falls over American Thanksgiving, one day off for Christmas, and 4-5 weeks off for Chinese New Year, which is also the break between fall and spring semesters.  In addition to the Beijing Career Trek held over spring break mentioned above, there is typically an Asia Career Trek to Shanghai and Hong Kong held over winter break.  For an idea of how some students spend their winter break, click here.  During second semester, there is a one-week spring break and sometimes a day or two off for other holidays like the Dragon Boat Festival or Qingming Festival, depending on how the lunar calendar and academic calendar align each year.

We encourage incoming students to start considering possible travel destinations!