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CCIEE – AASCU China Dual Degree 1-2-1 and Exchange Programs

Chinese scholars visiting Salem State and holding the university flag

Salem State’s participation in the CCIEE – AASCU China Programs has contributed to a robust exchange for Salem State. Since 2008, we have welcomed Chinese students to campus which has contributed to the 51 Chinese students and 11 visiting Chinese scholars calling Salem State home in the 2019-2020 academic year. The United States (U.S.) and the People’s Republic of China have a cooperative exchange agreement and since 2001, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE) have overseen and organized the Sino-American exchange programs.

The CHEPD 1-2-1 Program is the largest program of its kind and invites students from 127 Chinese universities the opportunity to spend one to two years at one of 39 AASCU universities across the U.S. and earn a dual degree from both their Chinese home institution and their U.S. partner institution.

Chinese scholars at their graduation wit the Salem State provost

Since 2008, Salem State has hosted 245 students from 60 different Chinese universities. Each year, we recognize the accomplishments of our students in China by attending with Salem State President Keenan or Provost Silva the graduation each year at a city in China.

In Spring 2020, the dual-degree graduation will be held in Beijing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1-2-1 dual degree program. We plan to host a reunion with our Chinese Salem State alumni.

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Other CHEPD-SSU Programs

The Youth Exchange Students (YES Program)

The Youth Exchange Students or YES Program allows for a study abroad opportunity Chinese students to study in the US for one semester or one year.  After one semester or one year of study, students will be able to transfer their US credits back to their Chinese universities.

The International Cohort Program

The International Cohort Program at present is between the Salem State English Department and the Ginling College of the Nanjing Normal University located in the historic city of Nanjing. The first 13 students from Nanjing arrived in fall 2018 and 15 more students arrived in fall 2019. Each cohort spends two years at Salem State (SSU) fulfilling the requirements of the English major before returning to China to complete degree programs and graduate with degrees from both institutions. In addition, a SSU professor also teaches in Nanjing each semester so that students will get a sense of our program and the style of teaching that they will experience at SSU.

Scholarships for U.S. Students

Three students who received scholarships stand together in the CIE

Scholarships for U.S. Students are also an important part of the Sino-American cooperative exchange. Last year, three SSU students who had been studying Chinese received scholarships to participate in the China - U.S. Rising Star Student Study Tour, the flagship student exchange program. AASCU’s International Education Office, as co-sponsor of this initiative, along with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) selects students from its member universities featuring applied learning through two weeks of intensive study travel at host Chinese colleges across China with the goal of American students engaging with Chinese university students to strengthen the cross-cultural communication skills of the student participants. Two of our SSU students went on to receive Chinese Government Scholarships to spend the 2019-2020 academic year in China. The embassy of the People’s Republic of China, in Washington, D.C., has approved the Chinese Government Scholarship awards for U.S. undergraduate students attending AASCU member colleges and universities for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Chinese Student Testimonials学生

Yezhen Ma '21, TESOL

As an international student of the 1+2+1 program at Salem State, I always feel welcomed. The professors here are very helpful, and I can turn to them for help in class and out of class. Students here are nice, and they are always willing to listen to our perspectives from different cultural backgrounds. Although the proportion of international students at Salem State is not big, we are a very active and vigorous group on campus. We hold many events to share our culture, celebrate our differences, and connect students from all over the world.

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ISA Treasurer 国际学生会财务主管
4+1 Graduate 获得4+1对外英语教学研究生入学资格

Mingyue Tao '21, Bachelor of Arts in English

I’m a junior in Salem State and my major is English. The life at Salem State is an experience that I’ve never had and will never forget. The university offers all kinds of educational resources for their students. You can improve your writing by going to the writing center. We also have peer tutors and student leaders embedded in some courses. If you have any questions about your academic profile, you can always go to the Center for Academic Excellence for help. The professors here are also always accessible and ready to assist us. All of the professors hold office hours every week, and if you cannot make it at those time slots, you’re always welcome to schedule another meeting time with them. Salem State has a positive community vibe. The faculty are friendly and helpful. I’ve made so many friends here and some of them have become family for me. I remember at the end of the last semester when I was moving to my new dorm, a lot of people came and helped me move. I’ve received so much love and care at this place. To come to Salem State is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Hanwen, Liu '21, Bachelor of Science in Sport and Movement Science

During my time living and studying at Salem State University, I have had lots of new and different experiences. Firstly, unlike the teaching style in most Chinese universities, teachers here prefer to let students figure out things on their own. As a result, I need to spend much time reading textbooks and searching for information after classes to make sure I can finish assignments and get high scores on exams. However, I soon got used to this kind of teaching method.

For a sports person like me, the gyms and indoor basketball courts make this university the best place. Plenty of fitness equipment and a nice atmosphere make exercising enjoyable, and I regard it as a good chance to improve my sports skills. Because of the daily training, I have made many friends from other countries, encouraging and exchanging experiences from each other, which is also good for practicing my oral English.

Salem is a very peaceful town where I can focus on me and have time to think about the present and the future.  Sometimes cultural diversity is challenging, but experiencing foreign education and culture is also part of studying abroad.

Limin Wang '20, Master of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)

As a graduate student in the HESA program, I am doing my practicum at Salem State's Center for International Education (CIE). This has enabled me to gain experience in the field of international exchange and study abroad which will help me apply this to work in international education at a Chinese university after graduation. The staff of the CIE and other offices are always enthusiastic and patient and the programs and activities that CIE facilitates for international students come in many different forms. The peer mentor program, weekly coffee hour, and International Bread Day highly engage international students on campus, which helps us to better blend in American culture and get involved in the Salem State community. I have been inspired to incorporate these activities when I start to work with our international students in China. The educational experience in Salem State has prepared me very well for my future career, and faculty and staff are very helpful to us. Coming to Salem State is the best decision I have ever made.

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