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    Sunday, January 7 - Saturday, January 20, 2018
    [Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu]

    About the Program

    The China - U.S. Rising Star Student Study Tour is a flagship student exchange program under the framework of the China - U.S. High-level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in the sector of vocational education. 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 programs focusing on a variety of thematic areas of vocational education and applied learning, to experience two weeks of intensive training and study in host Chinese higher vocational colleges. The 2018 Winter tour will focus on different areas of art and design. 

    This program is made possible thanks to the generous support and funding by the Ministry of Education of China.

    Goals of the China - U.S. Rising Star Student Study Tour

    • Strengthen cross-cultural communication skills of student participants; 
    • Improve the professional capacity of the student participants, and
    • Facilitate the increase of students studying in China in the vocational education sector

    Major Activities of the China-U.S. Rising Star Student Study Tour

    • In-depth Cultural Experience
      To help participating students understand the social and economic conditions of modern China, the study tour includes activities such as lectures, and visits to prime industry and cultural spots to provide students with a multi-dimensional experience of China and its essences. 

    • Skills learning and Hands-on Training 
      Project based learning and training in different labs are also important components of the study tour. Students from the two countries with similar academic backgrounds develop and improve their professional knowledge and skills together through lessons taught by participating faculty members, industry visits and cooperative learning.
    • Student Dialogue 
      Aiming to forge long-term friendships and enhance mutual understanding between the young people from the two countries, workshops, seminars and team-building activities are included in the study tour to facilitate interaction and in-depth communication among students.

    Program Dates

    • Dates: January 7 - January 20, 2018
    • Cities: Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu

    Program Costs

    • Participants: Selected participants will be required to pay a $150, non-refundable application fee. Additionally, participants are responsible for their international travel costs, including round-trip airfare and travel insurance.
    • Program: Meals, accommodations and domestic transportation in China will be covered by the program.


    To be eligible to apply for the Winter 2018 Rising Star Student Study Tour, you must:

    • Be a US citizen or Permanent Resident between the ages of 18-30
    • Have completed at least one year of college education, with a major/potential major/strong interests in arts and design (fine arts, interior design, animation, graphic design, music, theatre, fashion design, etc.).  This is NOT a requirement.
    • Be in good academic standing
    • Be interested in China and Chinese culture
    • Have a good understanding of the social conditions of modern China
    • Be willing to promote the education exchange and cooperation between China and the US

    Candidate Selection, Process and Program Timeline:

    • Application Deadline - October 27, 2017
    • AASCU will make the final selections and notify final candidates by November 1, 2017
    • Final candidates upon being notified will send a letter of their acceptance by November 10, 2017
    • AASCU will provide relevant reading materials and travel information by November 13, 2017
    • Rising Stars must submit all required documentation, including doctor's recommendation, proof of travel insurance and Chinese visa by December 15, 2017
    • Rising Stars depart for Beijing, China on January 6, 2018
    • Rising Stars arrive in Beijing, China on January 7, 2018 and the program officially begins
    • The program officially ends on January 20, 2018 and Rising Stars depart to the US from Beijing, China

                     Rising Stars - Shared Experiences

    I will come back to China to learn how to make Peking Duck in Quanjude, and that has become part of my career goal.
    - Angelina Adkins, Henry Ford College

    Going to a different country and learning their culture makes me see that every place is truly different and you can’t really say you know much about it until you have been there.”
    - Lisa Shurman,  Suny Cobleskill

     “The China- US Rising Star Study Tour was a unique experience that gifted me with more than I could have ever asked for. I have come away with lifelong friends and a deep understanding of Chinese culture and innovation that expands far beyond the facts.
    - Lauren Cunningham, Sacramento State University

    Only with more interaction, more communication, and more integration can we develop through cooperation.
    - Xiaochen Yu, Beijing College of Finance and Commerce

    Every friendship starts from mutual constitution of many common points, right? Through this study tour, I knew and got familiar with many students from American schools, and then I’ve had a better grasp of how to get along with people from different places or with different cultural background.
    - Cheng Weng, Xi'an Aeronautical Polytechnic Institute