31 December 2017



The US-China Strong Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to strengthen US-China relations by investing in a new generation of leaders who have the knowledge and skills to engage with China.

Dear Friends,

For this month’s Career Connections newsletter, we thought it would be useful to share information about upcoming summer (as well as some semester and year long) exchange and study abroad programs from our signature partners. Why not get the new year going with some exciting summer study abroad plans in place?

Happy new year and—as always—thank you for your continued support!

The US-China Strong Foundation


The China Institute is re-launching its Summer Study in China (SSC) Program!

SSC-Beijing 2018 is a four-week program (July 6-August 4) offering high school students the opportunity to receive intensive language training alongside cultural immersion activities and a home-stay for the duration of the program. Since 2005, the China Institute’s SSC program has provided life changing experiences for high school students, advancing program participants’ Chinese levels with impressive speed.

Go to the SSC website to learn more!

The Beijing Center for China Studies (TBC) is a new USCS Signature Partner. TBC provides a unique environment for students from all over the world to begin their engagement with China. Their mission is to promote mutual understanding between China and other cultures. TBC achieves its mission by offering an outstanding immersive semester abroad program, short-term programs tailored for any group’s best initial engagement with China, and a research library with over 25,000 volumes in English used by scholars not only in China, but from around the world.

AFS-USA is a nonprofit leader in intercultural learning. Every year, AFS-USA hosts a China Summer Chinese Language and Culture Program, an immersive four-week experience where participants take introductory Mandarin courses during the day, while putting their language skills to use with a local host family and friends.

With this combination of language lessons and first-hand cultural experience, participants will be able to improve their Mandarin as they become a part of the community. They will also learn about different aspects of Chinese culture through activities like calligraphy, martial arts, and cooking classes. Application deadline: February 1, 2018

The Alliance for Global Education, has an annual study abroad program in Shanghai for university students (application due March 1, 2018).

Participants will spend their summer in China’s biggest city and financial center! Over eight weeks they will improve their Chinese language skills and gain a deeper understanding of China’s economy, society, and modern worldview. Their Chinese roommate or host family will help them discover all that cosmopolitan Shanghai has to offer.

Other program opportunities throughout the year are also available.


American Councils has several upcoming opportunities:

Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (Deadline: February 15, 2018)

The Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) enables dedicated students of Mandarin Chinese to complete a year’s worth of academic study in only eight weeks. The program is hosted by the Chinese Language Center at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Tainan, Taiwan. As a welcoming, accessible, and convenient society rich in diverse cultures, natural scenery, delicious cuisine, and ancient traditions, Taiwan is an ideal place for students of Mandarin to rapidly strengthen their language skills and cultural understanding.

Undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, and working professionals who have completed 1-3 years of university-level Chinese or the equivalent are welcome to apply.

Teachers of Critical Languages Program (January 12, 2018)

The Teachers of Critical Languages Program is pleased to announce an open competition for U.S. schools to host an exchange teacher from China, Egypt, or Morocco for an academic year. This program seeks to strengthen foreign language instruction at U.S. schools, while also providing the selected exchange teachers the opportunity to learn about U.S. teaching methodologies, culture, and society. The exchange teachers will teach Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic and will also serve as a cultural resource in the host school and community.

Chinese Flagship Internship Program (varies)

The Chinese Overseas Flagship Internship Program is administered by the American Councils for International Education. The internship component is designed to enhance each participant’s language ability and professional experience in their field of interest. Participants work closely with the Chinese Flagship Program Internship staff in Nanjing to find and secure a substantial internship with a company, organization, or institution. Participants are expected to conduct their internships in a Chinese-based setting using their high level language skills.

A participant’s eligibility to continue the internship component is contingent upon successful completion of the academic program/direct enrollment studies and positive remarks from his/her mid-program evaluation.


CIEE has lots of great opportunities to study abroad in China both in the summer and throughout the year. Check them all out here. Particularly noteworthy are their scholarship opportunities. CIEE is committed to getting you there!

One World Now! Facilitates study abroad to China for high school students for two weeks from June-July. Participants will:

Live, work, and study alongside Chinese peers at the Beijing-Changping New Oriental Foreign Languages School. In multi-cultural teams, they will craft and deliver lessons to elementary students at an under-resourced school for migrant children. They will spend time at home with their classmates, exploring the capital city with their families while experiencing local customs and daily routines. Finally, participants will also share their experiences comparing equity in urban education through a culminating project and farewell party.

Deadline to apply is December 31, 2017.


School Year Abroad’s China Summer program from June 21 – July 26, 2018 provides an immersive cultural and linguistic educational experience. Participants have numerous opportunities for travel and cultural education activities. They also get the chance to live with a host family where they will get a more wholistic cultural experience while forming life-long friendships.


Yale-China’s Community Service Exchange places Yale students at nonprofit organizations in New Haven and Hong Kong for internships in June and July. Interns organize conferences, work on grant proposals, conduct research on health and community issues, and learn about the nonprofit sector in the United States and China—all in collaboration with a partner from New Asia College in Hong Kong.

The application deadline is Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Application details can be found here.


The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), formerly known as the ‘Stanford Center,’ is now in its 16th year in Beijing on the campus of Tsinghua University. IUP was originally established in Taipei, Taiwan in 1963 and in 1997 relocated to its current site in Beijing.

IUP is the premier U.S.-sponsored Chinese language program intended for students who aspire to truly advanced competence, whether they be undergraduates, graduates, professionals, or established scholars.

There is a rolling admissions policy for IUP’s summer program.


The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has a host of opportunities for study abroad and language learning. In particular, undergraduates studying at AASCU member universities have the chance to study in China on a scholarship awarded by the Chinese Government by applying to relevant Chinese Partner universities.

Check out the AASCU “China Initiatives” website for more opportunities like this.