Immersion into a foreign culture was intense, educational and rewarding
"I recommend the MAIS program to any student who wishes to globalize their resume while concurrently earning a higher degree. Immersion into a foreign culture was intense, educational and rewarding. The course work was relevant, inspirational and informative, I never dreamed I'd learn so much as an individual and as a student. The experiential learning approach not only offered practical teaching experience, but also allows students to practice new and exciting teaching methods into their classroom. There is a strong sense of community within the cohort and the support from Concordia staff, professors and administrators. With dedication and determination, it is possible to earn your Master of Arts degree in one year. With this degree I was able to secure a permanent position with Al Yamamah University in conjunction with Saudi Interlink Language Centers in Riyadh."
-Shawn Yaroch (Cohort 2012)
Nearly all daily activities turned into an adventure
“The MAIS program offered me an amazing experience to get my Master’s degree while having a year-long adventure in China. Every day I learned something new, whether through my studies, amazing students, or just through daily life in rural China. Nearly all daily activities turned into an adventure, whether trying to figure out the bus system to get to Shanghai, or buying fruit from a local store (which you think would be easy, but turns out that sometimes it’s not!). My year in Lin’an (outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province) made me a stronger, confident and more patient person, teaching me more about myself than I thought possible. At times it was difficult to try and balance my MAIS work, my teaching schedule and still have a personal life. Despite this busy schedule, I made some of the best friends a girl could ask for and have so many memories of our time together. As a professional, I can now go into an interview and know that my multi-cultural experience makes me stand out as an individual. After my year in Lin’an, I am confident I can tackle any challenge I may face.“
Those choosing to return to the U.S. have been shown preference due to their skills, training, and experience
"There is nothing like the Concordia MAIS program for getting students kick-started into the booming Chinese economy. My students over the past five years have landed jobs in China at prestigious consulting and accounting firms, the U.S. Embassy, and top universities. Those choosing to return to the U.S. have been shown preference due to their skills, training, and experience dealing with the international economy, particularly in China. The enthusiasm and dedication of our MAIS students is amazing. These talented graduates choose to dedicate a year of their lives living, working and studying in China, a place most have never before visited. Nearly all, upon receiving their Master's degrees, would say it was the most valuable experience in their lives."
-Prof. Roger Philips
MAIS Faculty and Adviser