The personal relationships and lessons I walked away with gave me a stronger sense of who I was
"If you are searching for an enriching experience filled with adventure and delightful surprises go no further. MAIS features a unique approach to education that places students in an environment where their educational goals and their practical work experience are synthesized. Students in the MAIS program are given the opportunity to live abroad in China while pursuing a Masters thesis in one of several disciplines. Once I completed the program in the course of a year, I was able to find a full-time position with a company based in Irvine, CA that specializes in college applications and international philanthropy work in China. Although some of the experiences abroad were challenging at times, the personal relationships and lessons I walked away with gave me a stronger sense of who I was and the direction that I wanted to pursue with my life. I highly recommend MAIS, for its dedicated staff, unique education, elaborate adventures, and the life long memories I will always have. Thanks and Happy Trails!"
(Cohort 8, 2012)
I think that this experience has made me a more desirable candidate for jobs within the International Education realm
"Overall, my experiences living, studying, and working in China have greatly benefited me: I was able to improve upon many skills such as time management, increase cultural competence, practice my Chinese, and learn how to navigate through a foreign workplace's various expectations and standards. The research completed throughout the MAIS program was a very important piece to gain insight into the Chinese education system as well as better understand what our students were looking for in the classroom. I hope to continue to research that I started at MAIS and reach new conclusions throughout the next few years.
I think that this experience has made me a more desirable candidate for jobs within the International Education realm, and I believe helped me secure a position as a US Senior Consultant for a top Education firm based in Shanghai."
-Lara Butera (Cohort 2014)
The knowledge, training and confidence I gained in China is something invaluable
"I believe without a doubt that without the MAIS program I would not have stood a slight chance getting in (Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office). The knowledge, training and confidence I gained in China is something invaluable that will continue to influence my life and my career... I want to continue with my research about the Chinese Legal System and Human Rights."
-Cornelia T. Van Tonder '07