Creating Relationships through Education

As the leaders of the next generation educate themselves on an increasingly interconnected and complex world, direct engagement and experience with other cultures is critical. Working with the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, CUSEF is committed to providing immersive experiences for student leaders and those responsible with guiding them toward the future through engagement trips to China. These delegations comprised of students from a variety of universities explore the realities of China on the ground while also questioning Chinese government officials, private sector players, scholars, and other students about the key issues impacting the China-U.S. relationship.

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African-American Student Groups-Highlight

2011 - 2019

Representatives from Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Centre giving a private tour to Clark Atlanta Student Leaders
Representatives from Shanghai Automotive Wind Tunnel Centre giving a private tour to Clark Atlanta Student Leaders

For our African-American Student groups, CUSEF offers the opportunity to explore and grow their understanding of China – a vast and complex country. In-country visits enable students to not only experience Chinese culture and its people, but also to gain insight into politics, philosophy, language, history and more. In cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus and other civil society organizations focusing on the black community in the U.S., CUSEF has hosted over 750 students in China for this immersive study-abroad program.

Through a continuing partnership with Beijing Foreign Studies University and forging new partnerships with Jilin University, Lanzhou University, Nankai University and Shandong University, CUSEF has successfully hosted multiple African American student groups to China.

This year we have hosted promising student groups to China, which include:

- Chicago Urban League’s Student Mission to China: The Power of Opportunity

- Clark Atlanta Student Leaders Study Mission to China

- HBCU’s Scholars of Inter-Cultural China Studies Delegation to China

- Lone Star China-US Student Exchange Program

- Peralta Community College District China Exchange Program

These delegates first visit Beijing, then to other cities throughout China to participate in various activities: attending lectures on China-U.S. relations, Chinese history, Chinese philosophy, culture and language; participating in various cultural workshops on Chinese calligraphy, martial arts; and touring historical sites like the Great Wall and the Forbidden City.