American Short-term Study in China Initiative
The American Short-term Study in China Initiative (ASSCI) is offered by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States. The application process is managed and supported through AASCU for program administration and logistic services.
ASSCI is a faculty-led short-term study in China program, with credit and full scholarship to American college students. It offers scholarships to students enrolled at American institutions, which have co-designed or co-taught programs with Chinese partners. The Chinese partner institution should be recognized by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). See http://www.campuschina.org/universities/index.html for a list of CSC institutions.
ASSCI scholarships will cover the following expenses for each participating student:
● Tuition at the Chinese institution
● On campus accommodation
● Health insurance
● Monthly Stipend
The scholarship does NOT cover:
● Tuition at the American institution
● International airfare
● China visa application fees
In order to be considered for this institutional award, programs must satisfy the following requirements:
● Program must be co-designed and co-taught with the Chinese partner institution, with at least 50% of the content delivered by the Chinese partner;
● Program must be offered for academic credit that is transferable to the American university;
● Program must be no less than four weeks and no longer than one academic year;
● Program should have a minimum six registered students from the America institution, the maximum award scholarships for each approved program is thirty students.
Proposal Submission Guidelines:
There are two calls for proposals each year, with submission deadlines both in May and October. (Please refer to https://aascu.org/academicaffairs/InternationalPrograms/ChinaInitiative/ShortTermStudy/) Submitted proposals will be reviewed and rated by the Selection Committee organized by AASCU. Once an American institution has received notification of its successful application, participating students, under the supervision of the American learning faculty, will complete individual scholarship applications on the CSC website (www.campuschina.org). The recipient institute will need to pay a non-refundable program management fee to AASCU.
The committee will use several criteria when reviewing applications.
● Clarity of learning goals, and the extent to which the activities of the program contribute to those goals
● Faculty leadership at the American institution
● The extent to which the program uses the resources of the Chinese partner, such as academic strengths, location in China, and connections outside the institution
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