AASCU Study Abroad Opportunity—Teach English in France

An extraordinary opportunity for students to be immersed in the rich culture of France, while making a lasting impact in public schools throughout France.

Applications open in mid-October.
Caroline, Académie de Lyon, 2016-2017
Caroline, Académie de Lyon, 2016-2017

Imagine living and working in the captivating landscapes of France, immersing oneself in its rich culture, and getting paid to teach English to enthusiastic French students.

TAPIF

The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) offers a remarkable postgraduation academic and professional development opportunity for university students. Participants ages 20 to 35 have the chance to experience living and working in France through a seven-month work contract, teaching English to French students of all ages in public schools across France, including Departements d’Outre-Mer (overseas departments such as Martinique and Guadeloupe.)

TAPIF isn’t limited to language enthusiasts alone. Regardless of major or field of study, this opportunity welcomes participants from all disciplines. Applicants are required to demonstrate intermediate low proficiency in French at a conversational level and to have completed at least six semesters of university classes.

Who should participate?

  • Current students or graduates ages 20 to 35
  • Language enthusiasts with a demonstrated proficiency of conversational French who are eager to share their skills and embrace new cultures
  • Curious minds from all academic disciplines who have completed at least six semesters of university classes
  • Individuals with a passion for teaching and making a difference

How will you benefit?

  • Experience an unparalleled postgraduation opportunity to live, work, and teach English in France
  • Explore post-TAPIF career pathways in the teaching field
  • Earn a French as a foreign language graduate certificate while in France and transfer completed credits toward a master’s in teaching at esteemed U.S. partner universities
  • Expand your network and connect with like-minded students and professionals
  • Upon completion of the program, alumni gain access to generous MA and PhD scholarships in both the U.S. and France
Testimonial

“Our assistantships allowed us to wear many hats – American culture specialists, lesson planners, public transport connoisseurs, French bakery enthusiasts, group tutorial providers, French administration experts, English department colleagues, public speakers, explorers, and cross-cultural communicators to name a few! Living in Troyes and working in the French school system was an experience of cultural immersion that only intensified our penchant for all things French.”

Jalen & Maria

Académie de Reims
2019-2020 AY
Program highlights

TAPIF fosters language learning and cultural exchange.

With an annual intake of approximately 1,300 American teaching assistants, TAPIF fosters language learning and cultural exchange, enabling participants to enhance their language proficiency, teaching skills, and personal development in this pre-professional mobility program.

Earn credits toward a master’s in teaching at esteemed partner universities.

TAPIF, as part of the French Embassy’s cultural and education department, also provides exciting opportunities for participants to pursue a career in teaching. The new TAPIF to Teacher program (as part of the French for All initiative) offers a scholarship for a French as a foreign language certificate in France, along with transfer credits toward a master’s in teaching at esteemed U.S. partner universities such as Boston University and Concordia College (MN). Additionally, TAPIF alumni can apply for the Multi-State Pathways to Teaching French program, which facilitates a teaching career through an online curriculum, a learning plan for obtaining a teaching license, and connections with local education agencies.

Lauren, Académie d'Amiens, 2018-2019
Lauren, Académie d’Amiens, 2018-2019

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 Applications open every year in mid-October and close at the end of January.

Ready to take the leap?

This initiative is the gateway to an unforgettable experience, where teaching, travel, and cultural immersion intersect.
Don’t miss out on this life-changing opportunity!

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China Studies Institute

The China Studies Institute (CSI) is a multidisciplinary professional development institute focused on helping participants integrate Chinese studies into global learning opportunities on their campuses.

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2016 China Studies Institute participants.
2016 China Studies Institute participants.

Learn about China and how to incorporate Chinese Studies into study abroad programs on your campus.

The Institute is hosted in China, and involves various activities including intensive seminars, lectures, meetings and cultural activities related to Chinese history, education, business and culture. Institute faculty includes scholars, business leaders, and education administrators from institutions and organizations in local Chinese communities, and relevant government officials.

Next China Studies Institute

July 7-17, 2024
Shanghai, Shandong, and Beijing

CSI fellows meet with program partners and administrators at the China Education Association for International Exchange.
CSI fellows meet with program partners and administrators at the China Education Association for International Exchange.

Who should participate?

  • Senior international officers
  • Staff/administrators in global engagement/study abroad offices

How will you benefit?

  • Peer-to-peer learning with participating colleagues
  • Gain first-hand experience about studying abroad in China
  • Familiarization with China and Chinese higher education system, policies, and issues
  • Develop strategies for incorporating Chinese studies into global learning opportunities through:
    • Participation in forums, seminars and other activities designed to create and sustain educational partnerships in China
    • Networking with partners or potential partners for further discussion on study abroad programs, policies, issues and concerns in China and the US
  • Expand student exchange opportunities with Chinese partners
impact

5

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

37 

Number of Institutions that have participated in the Institute from across the U.S.

51

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

program highlights

Connect with Chinese partner institutions and administrators in the field.

Over the course of the 10-day program, participants will explore the latest trends in student mobility among Chinese students. The agenda will provide in-depth understanding of the changing policies and regulations in China, as well as the increasing opportunities for American students interested in studying there. Additionally, the program will facilitate dialogue and collaboration between leaders from Chinese institutions and participants through various activities.

our stories

“My experience in the 2015 China Studies Institute was life changing. It was my first visit to China, and the three weeks in Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing were truly fantastic. I really appreciated the combination of classes and visits to places of cultural significance. For me, it was the culmination of a year (2014-15) when I basically discovered Chinese students–and China itself–and it added immeasurably to my knowledge and understanding of the huge, ancient, and fascinating country.”

Barry Kilpatrick

Professor & Assistant Director, School of Music
State University of New York at Fredonia

“Since being a part of the China Studies Institute, I have incorporated in my courses, a discussion and comparison of academia in the United States and China. This helps my students gain insight into the value of this opportunity. I have also strongly encouraged my students to study abroad via NSU International Programs. In addition to this, I have applied to teach in China in the upcoming Fall semester. None of these things would be on my radar if I hadn’t participated in CSI.

Lucas Foster

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Northeastern State University

“My trip to China with the CSI was extremely formative and has motivated me and given me the confidence to work much more closely with colleagues in China to establish student and faculty exchanges. The most recent example was our university hosting Dr. Zhi Pei and other colleagues from Zhejiang University of Technology. We are moving forward with an exchange agreement between their institution and our whole engineering college.”

Daniel Waldorf

Professor and Chair, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department
Cal Poly State University
Application information
  • AASCU member institutions – $950 (to be paid after candidate is selected and confirms their participation).
  • The Institute covers costs related to accommodations in China, in-country domestic transportation, and other organized activity expenses.
  • The Institute DOES NOT cover ancillary expenses related to personal and miscellaneous expenses such as passport fees, visa fees, roundtrip airfare and travel insurance.

Applicants must be:

  • A US citizen or US permanent resident.
  • An administrator/staff overseeing or working in global learning, global engagement or study abroad offices at an AASCU member institution.
  • Endorsed by a president, chancellor, provost, or senior international officer either directly or at the request of the applicant

This program is hosted overseas, in China, and as such there are several necessary documents that candidates should be aware that they will need to already have or will be required to acquire prior to travel.

  • Application Form: To complete the application for this program, candidates are required to complete the form provided. Additionally, a nominator must endorse the candidate through a separate endorsement form by April 1, 2024.
  • Resume/CV
  • Endorsement Form: Suitable endorsers for this program include Chancellors, Presidents, Provosts, or Senior International Officers.
  • Valid passport: This program requires a valid passport with an expiry date no less than 6 months from the date of intended travel.
  • Doctor’s Letter/Health Endorsement: This letter will be required if the applicant is selected to participate.
  • Chinese Visa: If you are not already in possession of a Chinese visa, once selected, guidelines will be provided on how to acquire your Chinese visa for travel. Selected participants are responsible for the costs associated with acquiring a Chinese visa.

The CSI is a national competition across AASCU institutions. Participants will be selected and recommended by a panel composed of senior international officers. Final candidates are selected by the CEAIE.

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Leadership in international education and specifically in developing or managing study abroad programs.
  • Experience working with, or a demonstrated interest in working with Chinese partner institutions to develop study abroad programs in China.
  • The 2024 Program will take place from July 7-17, 2024, across Shanghai, Shandong, and Beijing
  • Deadline for applications and endorsements is April 1, 2024
  • Candidates’ notification for CSI Award: April 15, 2024
  • Candidates’ confirmation of participation: April 29, 2024
  • AASCU pre-departure orientation: June 10, 2024
  • Participants are expected to arrive Shanghai on July 7, 2024.

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AASCU China Partnerships and Education Expo

The AASCU China Partnerships and Education Expo is designed to support AASCU’s senior leaders in a bid to internationalize their campuses, by inviting them to participate in in a series of activities designed to create and sustain educational partnerships in China.

Learn more.
AASCU’s President Mildred García representing US higher education institutions, during the opening plenary of the 2019 CACIE
AASCU’s Former President Mildred García representing US higher education institutions, during the opening plenary of the 2019 CACIE.

Develop and sustain educational partnerships in China.

For the past 18 years, AASCU has supported member institutions in a bid to internationalize their campuses, by taking senior leaders to China to participate in a series of activities designed to create and sustain educational partnerships with Chinese institutions.

This initiative represents an extraordinary opportunity to be introduced to or deepen understanding of partnerships in China.

Who should participate?

  • Presidents
  • Provosts
  • Senior International Officers
  • College Deans and Department Chairs
  • International Enrollment/Recruiting Personnel

How will you benefit?

  • Opportunities to promote your institution to over 50,000 students and their parents seeking global education opportunities.
  • Familiarization with China and Chinese higher education system, policies and issues.
  • Engage with educational leaders from across the globe on topics of mutual interest.
  • Connect with partners or potential partners for further discussion on educational cooperation.
  • Participate in forums and seminars and other activities designed to create and sustain educational partnerships in China.

Expand your institution’s presence in the world’s largest recruitment market.

This initiative in China, includes access to, and participation in the China Annual Conference and Expo for International Education (CACIE), hosted by AASCU’s longtime Chinese partner association, the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the EXPO that attracts over 50,000 Chinese students interested in education abroad.

AASCU delegation at the 2019, China Annual Conference and Expo for International Education (CACIE)
AASCU delegation at the 2019, China Annual Conference and Expo for International Education (CACIE)
Bette Bergeron, SUNY Potsdam engaging with Chinese students at AASCU booth.
Bette Bergeron, SUNY Potsdam engaging with Chinese students at AASCU booth.
Programs and Activities

Education B2B offers a global networking platform for all individuals participating in the China Annual Conference and Expo for International Education (CACIE). AASCU assists its members in registering and preparing for B2B sessions, as they are quite popular with individuals who are eager to develop partnerships, explore potential cooperation, and build pragmatic collaborations.

The China Education Expo features over 600 booths, representing institutions from countries around the world. AASCU offers a complementary booth shared by all member institutions participating in the conference. We encourage members to distribute materials and use this opportunity to meet with Chinese students interested in studying in the United States. The booth is primarily used to raise the awareness of Chinese students about AASCU institutions.

Impact

18

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

200

Number of institutions that have participated in this initiative.

340

Number of institutional leaders that have participated in this initiative.

The 2023 AASCU China Partnerships and Education Expo China trip will be hosted in Beijing, China, Oct. 22-29.

Learn more and register.

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