International Exchange and Travel

Students in China

Find ideas and tools about international exchanges and school partnerships.


It may sound incredible, but China’s formal education system—the oldest in the world—was established nearly two millennia ago.
Sophie Anderson, a junior at Gig Harbor High School near Seattle, was initially frustrated when she spent five weeks in Beijing this summer. However, a strong friendship with her language partner helped change her perspective.
Chinese American International School in San Francisco has a commitment to providing its students diverse learning experiences in China. The school organizes trips for its students to Taipei, Beijing, and Qinghai over three years.
The 2015 China Studies Seminar focused on the theme of "Silk Road Connects the World." Participants learn how to incorporate China into existing curriculum in an engaging way. Collaborative unit plans can also be downloaded here.
How can Chinese language teachers establish connections between their own students and English-learning peers in China?
New ideas and thinking from a US-China partnership Summit.
Read the final stages of planning a successful school-to-school partnership before the students head off to China.
Graduates of the Chinese Language Flagship Program at Arizona State University are proof that attaining a superior level of Chinese in four years is feasible.
A successful school-to-school exchange program is the fruit of long-term planning and the work of many individuals. Planning and preparation continues into the second semester of the school year.
A successful school-to-school exchange program is the fruit of long-term planning and the work of many individuals. Planning and preparation work starts as soon as school starts in September.
Deep learning experiences are only possible in the context of relationships that go beyond superficial politeness and touch on real emotions, and the best way to get to this deeper level of relationship is through extended homestays.
With a foundation of trust and a commitment to a long-term relationship, the connections between schools and students can develop in new ways for many years to come.
A picture is worth a thousand words—or thousands of data points. See our infographic series derived from Mapping the Nation data.
Experts in the field of Chinese language education answer questions that practitioners working in the field ask about.
Judy Fordjuoh, a senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School in Brooklyn, continues to study Chinese because she finds it “interesting to talk to people that we think are completely different from us – in another language.”
Students from the Peninsula School District in Washington State flew across the globe and visited their partner school, Mudanjiang No.1 High School in Harbin, China.
Lisa He Wu, a junior at Central High School in Philadelphia, participated in the 2014 Hanban Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.
Strawn Dixon, a senior at Lake Forest High School in Illinois (a member of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network), shares his experience of producing short films of cross-cultural understanding.