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Sichuan University, Chengdu, China – University Immersion Programme

Six Post Graduate Law Students – University Immersion Programme 2018Picture of 6 students in China

Rebecca Lalor, Aliyu Usman, Chloe Hannon, Coleen Kelly, Ryan Cox and Annie Keane

We began our journeys to China in early July, all feeling incredibly excited about the opportunity to embrace another culture and to learn from some of the best university professors in the world. During the opening ceremony, over 500 international students and scholars were introduced to variety of Chinese hand crafts, calligraphy, as well as a music and arts exhibition. On the first day of academic activities, participants were welcomed by the Head of School of Law Professor Liu Xinjie. UL students participated in empirical legal research, law and literature, as well as cross-cultural communication classes, among others. Prof. Daniel Kleran from University of Southern California taught us various types of experiments in empirical legal research, where we learned more about the difference between law in books and law in action.  We also were taught the historical evolution of American constitutional rights and English tort law by Professor Michael J. Perry of Emory University and Prof. Donal Nolan of Oxford University respectively.

Aside from the academic programme, we were exposed to new life perspectives and a broad range of valuable cultural experiences. Within two weeks of the program, we made a lot of new friends with both students and staff of the university. The staff and students of the University were so welcoming, and went to every effort to make us feel welcome thousands of miles from Ireland. In our free time, we travelled to various tourists’ attraction centres such as the Chengdu Panda Reserve, Wuhou Ancient Shrine and the Leshan Giant Buddha. The cultural element to the trip was just as rewarding as the educational side. The opportunity to observe the Chinese way of life for almost three weeks was incredible. Studying abroad wherever it may be is a privilege, but China was a life changing opportunity for many of us. Studying in Chengdu has given us unforgettable memories, fantastic learning opportunities and a cultural experience like no other.

For more on the international opportunities for School of Law students, please visit International Opportunities.  


Nicola Hackett (Law Plus) University Immersion Programme 2015

Photograph of Nicola on her immersion programme in Sichuan University"When I first heard about the Sichuan University Immersion Program in Chengdu, I was intrigued by the idea of travelling to such a far-away location to study law on an international level with students from many different universities worldwide. Having never taken the opportunity to study abroad throughout my degree, and as I was coming to the end of my final undergraduate year, I thought that applying for the programme could lead to a unique international opportunity which  would not only be a great attribute to my own personal growth, but to my professional career."

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Caoilinn Doran (Law Plus) University Immersion Programme 2015

Photograph of Caoillin in China"Having been selected to represent the School of Law at the University of Limerick on the Summer Immersion Programme in Sichuan University, Chengdu, China (SCU), I was unsure of what to expect. Upon arrival, I was surprised to see all the colourful lights surrounding each building of the city – It was alive and bustling, and full of cultural diversity that we would get to experience over our two week stay."

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Alan McCabe (Law Plus) University Immersion Programme 2015

Photograph of Alan McCabe with others in China"The University Immersion Program 2015 took me to the far reaches of the Orient, to the highly cultured city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province China. From the beginning, I was very excited and eager to engage with the Chinese culture – trying out Hotpot (local cuisine), traditional Chinese clothing and learning the language."

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Ellen O’Connor (Law and Accounting) University Immersion Programme 2015

Photograph of Ellen O'Connor and others in China"I was delighted to be chosen to go to China with 9 other law school students. My first course was 'Legal Systems of the World'. Our lecturer spilt the class into groups. I had five Chinese students in my group; the group was a good way to learn about Chinese law and to share what I knew about Irish law and the common law system.  I had to learn to talk slowly and find ways of explaining things in simple English, however, at the end of the week I had gotten to know the students well and was sorry that the class had come to an end. Throughout the trip, we benefitted from many cultural experiences. In particular, I thoroughly enjoyed was the visit to Mount Qingcheng."



Aileen Fitzmaurice, Roisin O’Brien, and Eoin O’Riordan – University Immersion Programme 2016Photograph of buildings in China

In July we travelled to Chengdu, in Southwest China to partake in the two week University Immersion Programme hosted by Sichuan University. We studied International Perspectives of Medical Law for one week of the programme, delivered by Dr Eimear Spain, which drew comparisons between medical law in Ireland and other jurisdictions, including China. The module placed an emphasis on group work which enabled us to interact with the students of Sichuan University. Although there was a language barrier, the enthusiasm for learning displayed by the students of Sichuan University made every lecture more enjoyable.

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