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 AACC Receives Letter from Secretary Clinton Urging Increase in Study Abroad to China 

1/10/2011

AACC has received a letter from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking for support from AACC and its member colleges to help "realize President Obama's goal of dramatically increasing the number of American students studying in China." Specifically, U.S. higher education institutions have been challenged to "[d]ouble the number of your students who study in China by 2014."

This 100,000 Strong Initiative is a national effort designed, not only to increase dramatically the number, but also to "diversify the composition, of American students studying in China." The bulletin attached to the letter states that "10 times more Chinese students come to the United States for educational programs than Americans who study in China, and 600 times more Chinese study the English language than Americans study Mandarin." As stated in the bulletin, "[r]edressing this imbalance in knowledge is essential to ensuring that Americans have the cultural understanding and language skills that underpin effective diplomacy and foreign policy."

AACC supports this effort and encourages our member colleges to step up to the challenge.

Funds to help your college participate in reaching this national goal

  • Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), a privately funded scholarship program, accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need. Awards (from $3,000 to $7,000) are restricted to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
  • Boren Scholarships¬†are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to support U.S. undergraduate students who study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Awards provide up to $20,000 to students, who are required to study for at least an academic semester.
  • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is a congressionally funded program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State that offers scholarships for students with financial need who have been traditionally under-represented in education abroad.
  • Bridge Scholarships are funded by the Chinese government. Ten thousand scholarships have been committed specifically for U.S. students to study in China.

Other resources

  • AACC Annual Trip to China leads a delegation of community college presidents and senior administrators to China for an international education conference and trips to several vocational institutions in the Beijing area. Numerous partnerships and MOUs for exchange of students and faculty have resulted.
  • AACC Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) Program brings a large delegation of presidents from Chinese vocational institutions to the campuses of U.S. community colleges for cultural exchange and to learn how U.S. institutions rise to the challenge of meeting the needs of local business and industry.
  • AACC Newsletter for International Administrators provides information on Fulbright and other study abroad/professional development funding opportunities as well as information about USAID and other federal grant competitions, news articles and publications, and other information and resources that are useful to international administrators at U.S. community colleges.
  • EducationUSA in China is a great in-country resource for information on both Chinese students and the Chinese education system.
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