Thursday, January 30, 2014

U.S.-China Student Summit - Apply by Feb. 28

We believe passionately in expanding student perspectives through international exposure, and the U.S.-China Student Summit Experience in Beijing this spring is a truly unique opportunity to do it. For that reason, we are so pleased to announce that we have secured funding to offer double scholarships - not $500, but $1,000 – for students who qualify.

The U.S.-China Student Summit will bring together students from the U.S. and China to discuss the important issues of our international relationship and to create bonds of friendship that help us all see how much common ground we have. Before this 2-day event, students will travel with their peers to learn about Chinese history, visit Chinese companies, and engage in special cultural activities. Students can earn college credit just for participation, and can further build their resume by taking courses to earn up to 6 credits at Peking University, considered the “Harvard of China.” There are a couple of ways for your students to participate:


Faculty and administrators from all over the U.S. are forming groups of students to explore China together as part of a 10-day experience, culminating at the 2-day Summit in Beijing as a delegation representing your school. It is not too late to get started. Contact us immediately at .


Students without a university delegation may join a WorldStrides delegation to travel with other individual students from all over the United States before the 2-day Summit in Beijing. Learn more here !
Our scholarship fund is limited, and need-based scholarships will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students must apply before February 28 to receive $1,000 in funds. Find more information on scholarships at .

Questions? Call us today and we’ll help you get started forming your delegation!


Penny Bowles
U.S.-China Student Summit Specialist

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RIFLA College Study Stipend - Apply by March 15!

The Rhode Island Foreign Language Association is now accepting applications from college students for the RIFLA College Study Stipend to support language study abroad during summer 2014 or the 2014-15 academic year.

Award amount: $500
Deadline to apply: March 15
Requirements: Letter of application and signature of nomination from a language professor, who is a member of RIFLA.

Monday, January 27, 2014

ACC Summer Field Studies Program with Fulbright-Hays GPA Scholarship - Apply by Feb. 25

Are you at an Advanced level of proficiency in Chinese?
Would you like to combine field experience in rural China with language immersion?

Applications are now being accepted for the ACC Summer Field Studies Program.  Advanced Chinese language students are encouraged to apply for this wonderful opportunity (graduating seniors included!).  Flagship students make excellent candidates for this program, however other Advanced Chinese language students with strong academic skills may apply.  Furthermore, those accepted to the program will receive funding from the Fulbright-Hays GPA scholarship which covers tuition, international travel up to $1,700 as well as lodging in China.  Please find important info listed below and on the website at:

Program Dates: June 13 - August 1, 2014

Application Deadline: February 25, 2014

Please contact Erin Papa,, Flagship Assistant Director, if you plan to apply.

Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program - Apply by Feb. 23

If you have lived or studied in China, consider applying for the Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program!  See below for information on the program and how to apply.


Dear International Educators,

I'm pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard University on March 20-23. All American students or recent grads who have lived or studied in China are encouraged to apply!

Project Pengyou Fellows will be invited to participate in a Leadership Summit at Harvard in Cambridge, MA to meet other like-minded young leaders, build unique community organizing skills and learn about cross-cultural leadership in the US-China context. With support from the Ford Foundation, Project Pengyou will cover lodging, food and training costs at Harvard for all Fellows. A number of travel stipends will also be provided. During the four day summit, participants will gain strategic skills to mobilize people and resources in their communities, and develop their capacity as US- China leaders.

Our long-term goal for this program is to build a robust community of next generation leaders committed to China study and exchange and mobilize them to set up Project Pengyou chapters across the country that will also serve to strengthen the awareness and viability of China study programs in their community.

We are especially targeting fellows from under-privileged and under- represented regions (south and midwest), but in general we're looking for exceptional alumni who are passionate about their China study experience, are interested to serve as a leader in their community and strengthen their engagement with China. Details about the Leadership Fellows program and application process are online at and also detailed below. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2014.

Thank you and I wish you a wonderful Year of the Horse!

Very Best,

Holly Chang
Golden Bridges Foundation |
No. 65 Xiaojingchang Hutong, Gulou East Ave.
Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009
Office: +86-010-65157574

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION and the Leadership Fellows Program are implemented by the Golden Bridges Foundation ( Established in 2007, Golden Bridges is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to build bridges to China that strengthen the sustainability and capacity of community- based nonprofits and individuals to serve, inspire and transform lives. Golden Bridges has a successful track record of innovative grassroots projects promoting youth and civic engagement in the context of China. Project Pengyou was conceived as the alumni network of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, and seeks to build a global community of China bridge-builders. Project Pengyou is seeded by a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation and has been endorsed by Gary Locke and Hillary Clinton.

American Education and Culture Ambassador Program -Teach English in China

American Education and Culture Ambassador Program
-Teach English in China
All Majors Welcome
(803) 252-9086

Basic Requirements for Teaching Positions or Paid Summer Internship in China:

a)      Standard English Speakers in any major;
b)   Strong Leadership, Public Speaking, Social, and Interpersonal Skills.

Benefits for you:
1. Free Round-trip international airfare paid by your host school if you teach at the same school for two semesters.
2. Free furnished-apartment usually on school campus.
3. Well-paid positions with free Chinese lessons and paid holidays.
4. Place your friends and family together
5. Free TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Training and TESL Certification either at USC or online
6. Deferment of Student's Loan

Required Application documents:
a)      Online registration on our website:
b)      One-page resume emphasizing your teaching related experiences if any.
Chinese Culture Center certified by the China State Administration of Foreign Experts Afairs (SAFEA) will take care of the tedious and complicated application procedures for you. Please find more program info online:

If you don't have a passport yet, please call your local main post office to apply for one ASAP.

Lea Walker, President

(US) Chinese Culture Center
1708 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29201, USA
(803) 252-9086

2/1: Lunar New Year Festival in NYC

Friday, January 24, 2014

1/24/14: Chinese Program Welcome Back Bulletin

Dear Students, Faculty, and Friends of the Chinese Program:

Welcome back!  I hope you had a restful break and are off to a smooth start this semester! Stay connected: Visit the Flagship blog and like us on Facebook.

Included in this edition (Please scroll down.):
Chinese Tea Time
Spring 2014 Events
Scholarship and Award Deadlines
Job/Internship Opportunities

Chinese Tea Time - Now on Tuesdays! (All-levels Conversation Hour)
Refreshments will be served! 
Hillside Residence Hall Main Lounge in the Chinese LLC
3:30-4:30 PM on Tuesdays
  • 1/28/14:  Chinese Tea Time Topic - Study abroad in China! Zhejiang exchange, Nanjing Flagship Center, Winter Program in China 2014, etc.
  • 2/4/14: Chinese Tea Time Topic - Spring Festival
  • 2/11/14: Valentine's Day, both Chinese and American
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    Save the Date for Spring 2014 Chinese Program Events:

    Fri., 2/7/14, 6:30 PM:  URI Chinese New Year Celebration
    Fri., 2/14/14, 3-5 PM: Chinese Painting with Yun Yang
    Fri., 4/11/14, 3-5 PM: 汉字酷 (Chinese Character Competition)

    (More Detailed Info to Follow):
    • URI Summer Session Courses to be Offered: CHN 101, 102, 103, 104, 205
    • Chinese Language & Culture Program in Hangzhou, China: July 2-August 1, 2014. Students who choose this program are strongly encouraged to take a Chinese course in URI Summer Session I.
    • URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program: May 28-July 18, 2014. For students in the Chinese Flagship Program, who are enrolled in CHN 112H in spring 2014 or who have a Novice High/Intermediate Low proficiency level from other institutions.  
    Upcoming Scholarship & Contest Deadlines:

    • Open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a Flagship Program
    • See link above for guidelines.
    • DVDs must be submitted to Asst. Director Erin Papa by February 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM.
    • Up to $7,000 for current undergraduates who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks in summer or fall 2014.
    • U.S. Citizens who are receiving a Pell Grant are eligible for funding.
    • Information Sessions at URI: 1/27, 2/4, 2/13, 2/19
    • More info:
    • Deadlines: April 11, 2014 (for summer-start programs); June 27, 2014 (for fall-start); mid-November (for spring-start)
    • Website
    • FGS invites applications from any level of student with a 2.5+ GPA who is planning to participate in a program abroad, including for a short-term/summer, semester, or year abroad, or a service-learning, internship, or research experience. In addition to the general Foundation for Global Scholars Scholarship, the Foundation awards Financial Need Scholarships (for Pell Grant recipients), STEM Scholarships (for students majoring in the sciences, technology, engineering, or math), and Ethnically Diverse Student Scholarships.
    Job/Internship Opportunities:

    • Are you an academic leader in the Chinese Flagship Program?
    • Would you like to help first year students succeed?
    • Apply to the 2014-14 Flagship RAM for the Chinese LLC in Hillside Hall!
    • Apply at:
    Federal Internship Opportunities Resource:
    3/17: International Education Intern - Brown Choices Program - Application Deadline:
    • For graduating seniors or Bachelor's degree holders with an interest in secondary education and international education
    • 1-year commitment
    • Paid position
    Other Scholarships for Study in China:

    Summer 2014: Changes to Chinese Study Options

    There will be a number of changes to summer Chinese language offerings at URI this summer.  To summarize, the URI Chinese Summer School will not run as it has in the past.  Instead, we will offer the following options:
    1. URI Summer Session I & II Chinese Courses: CHN 101, 102, 103, 104, 205.  Registration will be available through e-Campus as for any regular URI summer course.  Students who choose to take any of these courses would also have the option to participate in URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program cultural activities in the afternoons.
    2. Chinese Language & Culture Program in Hangzhou, China: A 4-week faculty-led summer course for non-Flagship students, led by the Confucius Institute at Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China from July 2-August 1, 2014.  Students, who choose this option, are strongly encouraged to participate in Summer Session I at URI prior to this program for a longer-term experience similar to the former 8-week URI Chinese Summer School model.
    3. URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program: For students in the Chinese Flagship Program, who are enrolled in CHN 112H in spring 2014 or who have a Novice High/Intermediate Low proficiency level from other institutions.  May 26-July 18, 2014.  This will be an 8-week residential immersion program at URI designed to bring students from Novice High/Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid level proficiency.  Students will live on campus and a Chinese-only environment for the 8 weeks and participate in intensive Chinese language and culture courses (CHN 113 and 114).
    4. Flagship Overseas Summer Programs for students in Flagship CHN 216H and above.

    Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship - Apply by March 4

    Are you a Pell Grant recipient?  
    Do you plan to study abroad this summer or next academic year?  
    Apply for the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship!
    Deadline for applications: Mar. 4.
    This program provides funds up to $5,000 (an additional $3,000 for critical languages) for study abroad.

    Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend one of these info sessions offered by the URI Office of International Education:
    Mon, Jan. 27      11-12    Memorial Union Atrium 2
    Tues, Feb. 4    1-2       Memorial Union Atrium 2
    Thu, Feb. 13      10-11   Memorial Union 318
    Wed, Feb. 19       2-3        Memorial Union Atrium 2

    Questions? Contact Tom Hospod ( in OIE.

    International Education Intern Summer 2014: Brown University—The Choices Program

    Graduating?  Interested in a career in International Education?

    Job Title: International Education Intern (Paid Position)
    Organization: Brown University—The Choices Program
    Location: Providence, RI
    Salary: $2,000/mo plus benefits
    Start Date: Summer 2014
    Full Time

    Job Description
    Brown University's International Education Internship is full-time, paid internship that enables one recent college graduate to spend a year working as a member of the Choices Program. Choices develops teaching resources on historical and current international issues and offers professional development for classroom teachers at the secondary level. Through this work, Choices seeks to empower young people with the skills, knowledge, and participatory habits to be engaged citizens who are capable of addressing international issues through thoughtful public discourse and informed decision making. The intern works in the Choices Program office in Providence, RI.

    Applicants should have the following qualifications:

    *A demonstrated interest in international issues
    *An interest in the secondary education field
    *Strong communication, organization, research, and writing skills
    *Ability to work collaboratively
    *Creativity, energy, patience, and reliability
    *Professional, energetic, and polished demeanor
    *Bachelors degree required

    How to Apply
    Application Deadline: March 17, 2014