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Sino-US CHEPD 1+2+1 Program 

The Sino-US CHEPD program is designed for undergraduate and graduate Chinese students to study at participating AASCU member institutions. The  program is jointly administered by AASCU and the China Center for International Educational Exchanges (CCIEE).  Students who complete the program receive two separate degrees from a US institution and their Chinese home institution.

1+2+1 students graduate from UW Eau Claire
CHEPD 1+2+1 students graduate from UW Eau Claire.

Sino-US 1+2+1 CHEPD program is the largest student mobility program between the US and China.

Under the platform of Sino-US Cooperation in Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD), with joint administration of the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE) in China, AASCU is proud to offer the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program.

Since 2001, this program has provided the opportunity for Chinese students to spend up to two years at an AASCU institution to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. Participants then receive two separate degrees from their Chinese home institution and their U.S. host institution.

The CHEPD 1+2+1 Program has become the largest and most successful program of its kind. Recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education as a Program of Excellence, it is one of most important platforms for cooperation between Chinese and American universities.  

Graduation 2019
CHEPD 1+2+1 Program Graduation, 2019.

Criteria to join.

  • AASCU member 
  • Eligibility to grant J visas 
  • Institutions MUST offer ESL or bridge programs 
  • Identified designated campus coordinator  
  • Ability to host Chinese visiting scholars 

How will you benefit?

  • Opportunity to partner with an extensive range of Chinese institutions 
  • Support and network for developing robust academic exchange programs 
  • Teaching and research opportunities for faculty members  
  • Scholarship resources for US students 
  • Additional program development opportunities 

20+ years 

Our program has built sustainable partnerships for over two decades. 


Number of participating institutions – 40 AASCU members, 130 from Chinese partners.

$300 M USD

U.S. campuses have received of approximately $300 million in tuition, fees, room and board.

Program Structures and Types 

Chinese students who pass the national entrance examination will complete their initial year of study in China. They will study in the US during their 2nd and 3rd years, then return to their Chinese home institution for the final year. After completing all the degree requirements, the student will receive two degrees from both US and Chinese institutions. 

First-year graduate students are selected from Chinese universities to spend two or three academic semesters studying in an AASCU member university. They return to their Chinese universities for the final academic year. Qualified students will be granted diplomas and masters’ degrees from both Chinese and U.S. universities.

Students follow the regular 1+2+1 Program, i.e., the International Cohort Program students complete their freshmen year in Chinese university. In the second and third years of the program, students come to the United States to complete their sophomore and junior years at the US partner university. Students return to China to finish their senior year at Chinese university and graduate with two separate bachelor’s degrees from Chinese and American universities. All students participating in this program have already had their four-year curriculum mapped out, through articulation agreements between the two partner institutions.

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Students who are not interested in pursuing a degree in the United States, but are seeking study abroad experiences, can apply for the Youth Exchange Student program for one academic semester or one year through US partner institutions. YES students are allowed to transition to 1+2+1 Program degree-seeking status once they are on the US campuses. 

CHEPD 1+2+1 Program Participating Institutions

Studying abroad at NAU has helped me exercise my independent thinking and problem-solving abilities.  The ability to expand my horizons and experiences will be very beneficial to my future work and life.

Tingxiao Lu

Mass Media and Film major  
Northern Arizona University and Nanjing University of the Arts

During my time at Troy University I gained a lot.  I experienced humanistic care; gained professional knowledge; and learned how to face difficulties independently.  

Yin Xiatoting

Broadcasting and Journalism Major
Troy University and Nanjing University of the Arts  

Our Partners


The China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE) is an independent legal entity established by China Educational Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), affiliated with the Ministry of education of China. Over the past thirty years, CCIEE has extensively conducted short- and long-term programs such as student exchange, study in China, teaching training, self-funded overseas-study. Aiming at promoting education exchange and cooperation between China and other countries, CCIEE insists on bringing in high-quality foreign educational resources, and facilitating China’s education to be internationalized and worldwide recognized. 


Founded in 1981, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) is China’s nationwide not-for-profit organization that conducts programs and activities that facilitate international educational exchanges and cooperation. CEAIE is fully committed to promoting the advancement of education, culture, science and technology; and strengthening understanding and friendship among the peoples of all countries and regions of the world. 

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Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 program?

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American Short-Term Study in China Initiative

ASSCI provides funding and support through AASCU and the Embassy of China to facilitate partnership building through institutional based faculty-led study abroad programs in China. 

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AASCU meets with members of the Chinese embassy.
AASCU meets with members of the Chinese embassy.

ASSCIASSCI supports faculty-led study abroad programs.

The American Short-Term Study in China Initiative (ASSCI) is a scholarship program offered by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America and administered by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The scholarship will fund institutional-based, faculty-led study abroad programs in China. Faculty members with existing China study abroad programs, or institutions interested in developing a program for studying in China, are encouraged to apply by submitting a funding proposal.

Who should participate?

  • Faculty from accredited US institutions  
  • Faculty members with existing study abroad programs with Chinese institutions 
  • Faculty members that have plans to create study abroad programs, but need matching partners 

How will you benefit?

  • Scholarship support for students’ expenses in China 
  • Support for identifying Chinese university partners and developing robust academic exchange programs 
  • Opportunity to partner with an extensive range of Chinese institutions 
  • Teaching abroad opportunities for US faculty  

Applying to ASSCI.

Proposals should be submitted by faculty on U.S. campuses, with support from the provost, along with accompanying approval and signatures from the individual responsible for study abroad programs on each campus.

The ASSCI program focuses on joint efforts between U.S. and Chinese partner institutions. Chinese partners must be recognized by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) [Search Universities & Regions_Universities & Programs_留学中国 (]. AASCU can assist with identifying Chinese institutional partners. Applicants requiring assistance with identifying a partner to apply for the scholarship should indicate this when completing the application form.   

Proposals will be accepted through October 15 every year.  Submitted proposals will be reviewed and rated by the Selection Committee organized by the Chinese Embassy and recommended to CSC for approval.  Applicants will be notified by December 15 every year.   

  • Program fee, AASCU member: No charge 
  • Program fee, non-AASCU member: $1000 

Students in the program will be eligible to receive the ASSCI scholarship. The scholarship covers 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 US institution 
  • Airfare and other travel expenses to China 
  • China visa application fees 

Applicant must be a:

  • Faculty in any discipline who teaches a course that requires students to study abroad in China 
  • Faculty who are interested in developing a course for students to study abroad in China  

The course must meet the following requirements:

  • Co-designed and co-taught with a Chinese partner institution, with at least 50% of the content delivered by the Chinese partner on site in China
  • Offers academic credits for all the students  
  • Has a duration of no less than four weeks and no longer than one academic year 
  • Has a minimum of six students 
  • Has a maximum of no more than 30 students 

The selection committee will use several criteria when reviewing applications:

  • The proposed program will be measured for clarity of learning goals and the extent to which the program’s activities contribute to those goals. 
  • The proposed program includes faculty leadership at the US institution. 
  • The proposed program uses the resources of the Chinese partner, such as academic strengths, location in China, and connections outside the institution.  
  • The proposed program involves students from the Chinese partner institution. 


  1. Complete and submit the Proposal Form and Nomination Form before October 15, 2023
  2. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee organized by the Chinese embassy and AASCU. They will then recommend proposals to the CSC for approval.  
  3. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 15, 2023.  
  4. Once an American institution has received notification of its successful application, participating students, under the supervision of the leading American faculty, will complete individual scholarship applications on the CSC website during Jan.–March 2024. 
  5. Faculty-led group study abroad in China, May–July 2024. 

Proposal form.   Nomination form.

Visit the China Scholarship Council website for more information about the scholarship.

China Scholarship Council

Instructions for students who are admitted in a study abroad in China program on your campus and the teaching faculty will work with you to fill out the ASSCI scholarship application. 

CSC application instructions.

A form to submit to certify physical health.

Physical examination form.


Applications will not be considered complete
without the following items.

Frequently asked questions 

Faculty  in any discipline can apply for the ASSCI program. The students in the program are qualified to apply for the scholarship automatically once the program is approved. 

The scholarship for each student covers tuition paid to the Chinese partner institution, accommodations, a monthly stipend, and comprehensive medical insurance. The value of each scholarship for a four-week program could be approximately $10,000 or more. 

Part of the scholarship, such as tuition fees, accommodation fees, and comprehensive medical insurance, goes to the host university directly. The student receives a monthly stipend upon arriving at the Chinese campus. 

  • ¥2500 per month for undergraduate students 
  • ¥3000 per month for master’s students 
  • ¥3500 per month for doctoral students 

Yes. You will need to state that you have no partner and you’re requesting assistance in the proposal form. AASCU will work with the Chinese embassy to find a matching partner for the program.  Once you accept our recommendation and work out the articulation plan with the recommended partner, we will continue to work on your application for funding. 

Once your proposal is approved, all students registered for the course are qualified to apply. However, the student applicant must be a full-time student who is not a Chinese citizen. 

You will need to renew your program with the embassy if there is no change to the previously approved program. The renewal process is simple. The purpose of renewal is for the embassy to have a record of the program each year. If there are changes at the partner institutions in China, such as different teaching faculty, altered course description or delivery methods, etc., you will need to submit a new proposal for approval. Your students will also need to apply for the scholarships through CSC’s online application every year to participate and receive the scholarships. 

Only eligible students can apply for the scholarship. The leading faculty member is responsible for all the expenses, including international travel, room, and board in China. It is possible that your partner university will be able to cover room and board. However, these costs are not considered part of the scholarship program. 

There are no limits and restrictions for institutions. We welcome faculty members in any major as long as the proposal reflects the goals, and the teaching curriculum involves joint activities of the program that contribute to those goals. Multiple faculty members from one institution could submit individual proposals for separate funding as long as they have partners in China. 

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Civic Engagement Awards

AASCU’s American Democracy Project recognizes individual leadership at the provost, faculty, and staff levels in civic engagement on AASCU member campuses.

It is our honor to shine a light on the great work being done on AASCU ADP campuses. 

Our work to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to be informed and engaged, ready to tackle current and future issues to ensure a thriving and equitable democracy is more important than ever. The American Democracy Project recognizes leadership in civic engagement on AASCU member campuses through awards presented at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) conference in June. 

Honoring Individuals

Barbara Burch Award

in recognition of exemplary faculty leadership.

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William M. Plater Award

in recognition of exemplary leadership by a chief academic officer.

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John Saltmarsh Award

in recognition of exemplary early-career leaders.

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Spirit of Democracy Award

in recognition of exemplary staff leadership.

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Honoring Institutions

We the People Award

One of AASCU’s Excellence & Innovation Awards, given to recognize institutional team commitment to meaningful and deep civic engagement work. 

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The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement

Given in recognition of exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students. 

2022 Award winner

AASCU’s ADP congratulates Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Pope on earning the 2022 Barbara Burch Award. During Sandy’s co-direction of Salisbury University’s (SU’s) Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE), the institutional goals of “active citizenship, gainful employment, and life-long learning in a democratic society and interdependent world” have been prioritized by embedding a student-centered, reciprocal civic engagement within the SU experience. According to his peers, “SU is a better university, the community is stronger, and its reach across the nation wider because of his work. Dr. Pope’s work is pivotal in supporting SU’s commitment to civic engagement, and in doing so, has fundamentally shifted campus culture. 

2022 Winner Sandy Pope

Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary and Physical Education and Director of the Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
Salisbury University (MD)

2023 nominations accepted from March 27 through April 21.

Questions about application.

About the award
Barbara Burch
Barbara Burch

This award was established in 2014 to honor Barbara Burch, Provost Emerita at Western Kentucky University . 

During her time as provost, Barbara Burch strongly supported faculty in the development of civic programming at Western Kentucky University. She actively sought out talented faculty members to offer positions of leadership and program development. She provided substantial financial support for professional development. She offered the prestige of her office and her own personal commitment to support faculty interested in civic work. Her efforts resulted in the development of a strong cadre of faculty at Western Kentucky University who are deeply committed to civic engagement and civic outcomes. As a result of her support for faculty, Western Kentucky University was seen as one of the leading universities in the country in civic engagement. 

  • Nominees must be a faculty member (tenure track or contingent) with more than five years of teaching experience on an AASCU campus who demonstrates leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students. 
  • Nominations must include an endorsement from campus leadership, the nominee’s curriculum vita, and additional documents that provide examples of the nominee’s sustained leadership in advancing civic learning and infusing equity into their work. 
  • Presentation: Annually in person at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference in June and a virtual acknowledgment will be made at AASCU’s Annual Meeting in November.
  • Recipients will receive a commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition.
  • 2022: Sandy Pope, Salisbury University (MD) 
  • 2021: Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg 
  • 2019: Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend 
  • 2018: Lance Lippert, Illinois State University 
  • 2017: Shala A. Mills, Chair and Professor of Political Science, Fort Hays State University (KS) 
  • 2016: Elizabeth Bennion, Professor of Political Science and ADP Campus Director, Indiana University South Bend 
  • 2016: Molly Kerby, Associate Professor of Diversity and Community Studies, Western Kentucky University 
  • 2015: Patrick Dolenc, Professor of Economics, Keene State University (NH) 
  • 2014: Gregg Kaufman, Instructor and ADP Campus Coordinator, Georgia College 

Any questions about the Barbara Burch Award?

2023 nominations accepted from March 27 through April 21.

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Japan Studies Institute

The Japan Studies Institute (JSI) is a multidisciplinary professional development institute focused on helping participants integrate Japan studies into the undergraduate curricula.  

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Tea ceremony at JSI 2022
Japan Studies Institute 2022, Tea Ceremony Lesson
Japan in the Classroom
Presentation by the Laurasian Foundation during JSI 2022.

Learn about Japan and how to incorporate Japanese Studies into the undergraduate curriculum and co-curriculum. 

This multidisciplinary program is designed to engage faculty and staff with little or no prior training, nor professional experience in Japan and Japan studies, who can impact undergraduate education, either through teaching or academic support services that affect undergraduate studies.  It provides faculty with expertise and support, to assist them in developing courses and initiatives that will enable students to gain a better understanding of Japan.  


Who should participate?

  • Faculty  
  • Staff/Administrators 

How will you benefit?

  • Peer-to-peer learning with participating colleagues 
  • Access to curated resources, including special Japanese studies content 
  • Develop strategies for incorporating Japanese studies into curriculum, notwithstanding academic discipline 
  • Mentorship and support through developing curriculum and campus initiatives  
  • Networking and access to JSI alumni, Japanese scholars, industry experts, and diplomats 


Number of years AASCU has provided this professional development opportunity for its members.


Number of Institutions that have participated in the Institute from from across the US, the Bahamas and Canada.


Number of faculty and administrators that have been trained by the Institute.

program highlights
Taiko drumming
Participants being led in taiko workshop (Japanese drumming).

Connect with Japanese scholars, industry experts, and diplomats.

The Institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities related to various aspects of pre-modern and modern Japanese history, education, business and culture.  Previous programs have included topics as diverse as social relations and the changing role of women in Japan, Japan’s policy on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Japanese foreign policy and regional relations, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.  Institute faculty includes scholars, representatives from the local Japanese community, artists, and government officials.   

Engage in peer-peer-learning with colleagues from across AASCU’s membership.

Selected participants are hosted at the San Diego State University for a two-week residential program. The participants are selected from institutions across the United States and reflect a range of disciplines. While attending the program, participants live and work together on the university campus.  Participants attend all classes together, Monday through Friday. Sundays and evenings are reserved for free time and/or independent study. The formal program is also complemented by several off-campus and evening activities for all participants. 

our stories

The most memorable experience of JSI for me was the overall opportunity to participate in this program with faculty from different disciplines, from different universities, from different parts of the country, and even different parts of the world. The biggest impact the JSI program has had on me professionally is how it has better equipped me go back to the classroom and give my students cultural learning experiences.   

April Mondy

Delta State University
JSI 2018

The program is an excellent introduction to educators who do not have a background in Japan but are interested in learning more about the country and incorporating Japan studies in their classes.  The multidisciplinary nature of the fellows’ backgrounds helped make the various sessions very informative. Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this institute. It’s a 10/10 program and one of the most valuable professional development program I have attended in my career. 

Attendee, JSI 2022

Meet the 2022 Fellows
2022 JSI Fellows 
William Crawley  Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies  University of West Florida 
Lucas Foster  Associate Professor, Mathematics  Northeastern State University 
Sandra Gonsalves-Domond  Professor, Personality and Social Psychology  Ramapo College of New Jersey 
Abdul Knowles  Director, Global Studies and Programmes  The University of the Bahamas 
Michael Mays  Professor, English and Director, Hanford History Project  Washington State University 
Newly Paul  Assistant Professor, Print/Digital Media  University of North Texas 
Lokesh Shivakumaraiah  Executive Director, International Relations & Assistant to the Provost  Mississippi Valley State University 
Binod Shrestha  Associate Professor, Studio Art  University of North Texas 
Leslie Stewart  Associate Professor, Political Science  Delta State University (MS) 
Robyn Wall  Assistant Professor, Art  Delta State University (MS) 
Lingling Wang   Assistant Professor, International Business  Worcester State University (MA) 
Marie Barnas  Associate Professor, Video and Film Production  Middle Tennessee State University 
Application information

Applicants must: 

  • be staff able to impact undergraduate education (either through teaching or academic support services that affect undergraduate studies). 
  • have no prior training or professional experience in Japan studies. 
  • be able to demonstrate an interest in gaining a better understanding of Japan. 
  • be nominated by a president, chancellor, or provost, either directly or at the request of the applicant. 

Applications usually open around late October and are due by the end of February. All required documents must be submitted by the deadline:

  • CV or resume 
  • One-page recommendation letter from a provost, vice president, dean, or department chair who is familiar with the applicant’s academic achievements and potential career path.  
  • A typed, single-spaced, one-page Statement of Intent outlining the potential benefits of the award to the applicant’s teaching and professional growth, and to the institution and community. This statement should address the applicant’s: 
    • interest in broadening their knowledge of Japan 
    • plans to impact undergraduate education at the institution 
    • plans to use the experience to effect curricular change 
    • plans to contribute to the Institute 
  • AASCU member institutions – Participation in this Institute is complimentary for AASCU members. Costs associated with program administration, academic material, and residence life are underwritten by a generous endowment from the Nippon Foundation.
  • Non-AASCU member institutions – $895 

Participants in the program are responsible for ancillary expenses related to travel to and from the program site, and all other personal and miscellaneous items.

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