We participate in a variety of special programs with students from China. We are a proud partner of the China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).
CHEPD 1+2+1 Program

In 2004, we became one of the first American institutions to join the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program (one year in China, plus two years in the United States, plus one year in China).

Formerly known as the US-China 1+2+1 Joint Degree Program, CHEPD stands for Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development. As part of this initiative, Ball State has partnered with 63 participating Chinese universities to offer dual degrees in selected fields.

The program brings a select group of talented international students to Ball State and has served as a catalyst for a growing list of other collaborations between ourselves and our partner universities in China.

How 1+2+1 Works

Traditionally, CHEPD students begin their studies in their Chinese universities and apply in the spring of their freshman year to come to the United States.

Students then spend two years studying at Ball State.

Finally, they return to China for one, final semester or year at their home university.

Upon completing all requirements, students receive a bachelor’s degree from each university.

Sponsors and Partners

Initiated in 2001, the Sino-American CHEPD 1+2+1 Program operates under the auspices of, and with the support of, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE).

The program involves 107 Chinese universities and 25 American universities, and it is among the largest U.S.-China collaborations in the education field.

YES (Youth Exchange Students) is a nondegree program that is as part of the Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development Program, also known as the Sino-American CHEPD Program.

YES was first introduced to the Sino-American CHEPD Program in 2012. Ball State started hosting YES program students in fall 2014.

The program increased international student mobility and allows students to study in a more diverse selection of programs here.

How It Works

YES students need to meet the regular international student admissions requirements in order to be admitted to Ball State.

Students are required to prove their English proficiency before enrolling in the program. Or they must complete the requirements of our Intensive English Institute (IEI) before being eligible for academic studies.

The majority of the students will study at Ball State for one academic year.

Sponsors and Partners

The CHEPD YES program operates with support from the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The program involves 107 Chinese universities and 25 U.S. universities and colleges.

We provide dual degree programs (also called double-degree programs) to eligible international students through various partners and formats.

A dual degree is a serious endeavor that requires much thought, preparation, and commitment.

Our international dual degrees make it possible for students to earn two bachelor’s degrees from two undergraduate schools or colleges simultaneously.

Common models for the programs include 1+2+1, 2+2, 1+3+1, and 2+3. Students with a degree from Ball State and a degree from their home institution can be at an advantage in launching a successful career. The language skills and the cultural knowledge gained in two countries can help students become better global citizens.

We welcome visiting scholars through the CHEPD 1+2+1 Program (students study one year in China, plus two in the United States, plus one in China).

The goal of the inclusion is to strengthen the 1+2+1 program and faculty collaboration between the two universities and to encourage international academic exchange. In addition to performing research, visiting scholars act as a bridge between Ball State and their home university.

The program also encourages the exchange scholars to interact with the 1+2+1 students at Ball State.

Visiting scholars are typically at Ball State for one semester and can apply through the CCIEE website.

We encourage scholars from our current partnership universities to apply.

There are several programs and scholarships that allow American students to study in China.

Resources for Domestic Students

The Teaching English while Learning Chinese (TELC) program is a paid, full-time English as a second language job opportunity designed for college graduates and language teachers interested in the Chinese language and culture.

TELC teaching consists mainly of oral English, with a one-year commitment (renewable).

Participants teach English as a second language in the Shanghai school system (K-12) and are given free Chinese (Mandarin) lessons once every week, plus some weekend cultural activities or tours throughout their stay in China.

Program Eligibility

  • You have a bachelor’s degree in any major.
  • You’re a native speaker of English.
  • You have two years of teaching experience, a Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate, or a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate (120-hour minimum, to be completed by the end of May).
  • Chinese language skills are preferred but not required.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by SEF International Inc.

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Program Contact

Lin Lin
Director of International Academic Engagement and Global Initiatives
Rinker Center for International Programs
Ball State University

The Office of Educational Affairs at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Washington, D.C., has approved Chinese Government Scholarship awards for undergraduate students attending Ball State.

Program Eligibility and Details

  • You are a legal permanent resident of the United States.
  • You are a full-time student enrolled in an AASCU institution.
  • You have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  • You have a strong interest in the Chinese language and culture, as well as promoting exchanges between the United States and China.

Award Coverage

Each scholarship is valued at approximately $10,000 U.S.

The scholarship will be distributed to the host university in China, not directly to the student, and cover:

  • tuition
  • room and board
  • health insurance
  • travel/conference allowance/fees
  • stipend
International round trip airfare is the responsibility of the student.

How to Apply

The application deadline is typically in March.

Apply for the Scholarship

Prepare your application package (two copies of each document):

  • printed online application form with picture attached
  • notarized copy of your highest diploma
  • copy of your transcript (at least one of them is your official transcript)
  • two recommendation letters from academic advisors or senior administrators
  • a personal statement with a list of your study purposes and objectives
  • a Chinese language proficiency exam score (HSK) if ever taken (knowledge of Chinese is not required but preferred)
  • a list of three academic institutions in China where you would like to study