Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP)
The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) brings Chinese and international undergraduates together to combat poverty issues in rural China by spreading access to high-quality educational and training resources. This unique and enriching opportunity allows students to develop and implement a service learning project in rural China. Projects include teaching English, doing poverty alleviation research, giving lectures on cultural communications, and visiting local villages.
Beijing, China and rural areas in various provinces
Language of Instruction: English
ISEP-Direct Summer for all ISEP member students
Note: This program is not offered for credit—no transcripts provided. Students receive a certificate of participation; thus any academic credit awarded is entirely up to the home institution.
Participants attend an orientation program at Tsinghua University in Beijing to meet their Chinese partners, learn about China's poverty alleviation issues, and develop plans to implement their service projects. Projects commonly involve teaching English in local schools or computer training. Participants then travel in teams to sites in rural areas throughout China where they reside for two weeks. Transportation is organized and paid for by Tsinghua University. Each group consists of approximately two or three international students, five Tsinghua students, and a faculty advisor. All Chinese participants speak English, and knowledge of Chinese is not a requirement for US student participation.
HOW TO LIST THIS PROGRAM IN THE ISEP APPLICATION
When completing the Host Site Request List, please ensure that it is written in this exact format:
Tsinghua University- Summer Service Learning Program- ISEP Direct
Tsinghua University- Summer Service Learning Program with pre-session- ISEP Direct
SPECIAL ACADEMIC CONDITIONS
The ideal candidate will have proven experience or interest in development issues, as well as exposure to international travel. Students with a background in Asian studies are preferred. Students must be of junior or senior status with good academic standing. Please use the ISEP-Summer/Short Term Programs application to apply.
I-to-I applicants who are not native English speakers must submit the ISEP Language Proficiency Report.
Summer Service Learning Program: July 18 – August 5, 2013
Chinese Language and Culture Program (Pre-session): July 9-18, 2013
Summer Service Learning Program: $850
Summer Service Learning Program PLUS Chinese Language and Culture Program (Pre-session): $2,050
HOUSING AND MEALS
During orientation in Beijing, students are housed at the Overseas Student Dormitory on the Tsinghua University main campus. While completing the service learning projects in rural China, students stay in local accommodations arranged by Tsinghua University. Tuition, board, and lodging are included in the program fee.
Students may sign up for an optional excursion to the Great Wall for an additional fee.
Tsinghua University, founded in 1911, is one of China's premier universities and is widely recognized for its engineering and applied sciences programs. It is commonly compared to MIT in the United States. The School of Continuing Education at Tsinghua University has been collaborating with the Wang Foundation since 2006 to support poverty alleviation through international education and service learning. The mission of the Wang Foundation is to build cross-cultural knowledge and create global citizens. The Tsinghua SSLP is also offered through the generous support of the Tseng Hin Pei Charity Fund.
Tsinghua University is located in northwest Beijing, near the Summer Palace and Peking University. The picturesque campus has stunning modern architecture and hosts several royal gardens dating back to the Qing Dynasty. Public transportation is convenient and inexpensive. Upon completing orientation, students are dispersed to 30 different locations. Geography, climate, and general living situations will vary greatly between placements.