Support for Chinese Immersion Programs
With the expansion of Chinese immersion programs in the U.S., there has been an increasing need for schools housing such programs to build up relationships with their counterparts in China.
To satisfy such a need, we develop a series of programs under the umbrella of sister school partnerships. For example, students in a given Chinese immersion program will each be paired up with a student of the same age at their Chinese sister school. Depending on studnets' grade level and classroom schedules, we can organize activities such as weekly pen-pal or e-pal exchanges, yearbook trading, photo exchange, culture box exchange and display, holiday and festival exchange, country collage, etc.
These are great ways to help motivate students to learn Chinese, to hear Chinese spoken in authentic contexts and to practice their own Chinese with peers of a similar age. What is more important is the cross-cultural communication ability, intercultural awareness, and tolerance for differences built acquired in this process.
Secondary School Exchange Student Program
Begun in 1949, the Secondary School Student Program is one of the oldest and most successful Exchange Visitor Programs operated by the U.S. Department of State’s Department. This program uses the J-1 visa to bring secondary school students from other countries to study in the United States at accredited public or private secondary schools for an academic semester or an academic year, while living with American host families or residing at accredited U.S. boarding schools.
We are authorized by the American Councils for International Education to bring qualified Chinese high schoolers to participate in this program. In a joint effort with Beijing United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (BJUNESCO), we have successfully brought numerous students to study in public high schools in Kansas, Maryland and Wisconsin. During their stay in America, these students integrated themselves into the host schools, host families, the community and surroundings.
Educators, employers, parents and alumni all agree that the benefits of this program reach far beyond the year or semester that a student spends in the U.S. They return to China as young adults who are more independent, competent, confident, and possess a deeper understanding of their own family and country. They also discover that the experience opens doors for many years to come, greatly enhancing educational and professional opportunities.