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The Institute of International Education Releases IIEPassport Study Abroad in China

New Magazine Serves as Resource for U.S. Students Interested in Studying Abroad in China

NEW YORK, January 19, 2011—The Institute of International Education has expanded its IIEPassport publication series with IIEPassport Study in China, a special magazine issue that includes a directory of 350 programs for U.S. graduate and undergraduate students offered by the U.S. and Chinese governments, third party providers, private foundations and U.S. higher education institutions. The magazine, designed especially for students, features information on scholarships and funding resources to study abroad in China, advice from students who have studied in China and articles about the efforts of the governments of both countries to promote U.S.-China exchange.

IIEPassport Study Abroad in China helps make study abroad opportunities in China more accessible for U.S. students from all backgrounds and fields of study. Students can find programs based on their area of interest, desired length of stay, language capabilities, preferred destination, whether urban or rural, and more. The magazine has been produced in partnership with Lonely Planet and Naylor Publications.

China is the fifth most popular study abroad destination for students from the U.S., according to the Open Doors Report published annually by IIE with support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. More than 13,600 U.S. students received academic credit for studying abroad in China in academic year 2008/09, the latest year for which data is available. Open Doors 2010 reports the number of U.S. students studying abroad in China increased by 4% in 2008/09, and has more than doubled since 2004/05.

IIEPassport Study Abroad in China offers U.S. students interested in studying in China a comprehensive view of the opportunities available to them, and is one of several IIE initiatives focused on strengthening educational ties between our two countries. In addition to the program listings, the magazine includes articles from educational exchange leaders, such as Yang Xinyu, Deputy Secretary General for the China Scholarship Council, who provides an overview of China’s Ministry of Education’s Study in China Plan and offers seven reasons to study in China.

The magazine also features an article by Carola McGiffert, Senior Adviser to Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, on President Obama’s “100,000 Strong” initiative that seeks to increase the number of U.S. students studying in China to 100,000 over the next few years. As part of “100,000 Strong,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging U.S. colleges and universities to double the number of their students who study in China by 2014.

Helping campuses to meet that challenge, IIE recently announced the re-launch of the Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA), with a generous grant of $2 million from the Freeman Foundation. Over the past decade, more than 4,000 American undergraduates with financial need received support to study in East and Southeast Asia. More than one-third of Freeman-ASIA grantees studied in China, and returned to campus to conduct outreach projects, encouraging thousands of their peers to study abroad in China. The renewed Freeman Foundation support will help support this goal by providing awards for hundreds more American undergraduates to study in East/Southeast Asia over the next two academic years.

While IIEPassport Study Abroad in China highlights exchange opportunities that already exist, IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education has launched year two of the International Academic Partnerships Program (IAPP) to help increase the number of students and scholar exchanges between the U.S. and China. This initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. A cohort of ten diverse U.S. higher education institutions has been selected to participate in IAPP China in 2011.

IIEPassport Study Abroad in China is available for free download on and for purchase in bulk quantities at The 350 program listings are also available online at


IIE's IIEPassport study abroad books and the online database help thousands of students identify and select study abroad programs each year. The IIEPassport directories feature over 9,500 programs offered by U.S. and foreign universities and providers, and are updated annually, making them the most comprehensive resource to planning study abroad for students, parents and advisers. IIEPassport Study Abroad Funding is also available online:

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities for study, teaching and research abroad.