A Broader View
The Mandarin Flagship Programs
There are 12 flagship programs in the US, whose goals are to develop global professionals with superior Mandarin language proficiency and Chinese cultural understanding, and wherein outstanding undergraduate students take college-level academic coursework in Mandarin. Hunter College in New York City is one of these flagship programs. The enrollment at Hunter’s flagship program during the 2013-2018 has grown year after year with nearly 60% of graduates working abroad, or accepting jobs related to international work.
Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. What if an immersion opened the door to a whole new way of thinking about the world?
100,000 Strong China
Citing the strategic importance of the U.S.-China relationship, in November 2009, President Barack Obama announced the “100,000 Strong” initiative, a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially launched the initiative in May 2010 in Beijing. The Chinese government strongly supports the initiative and has already committed 10,000 “Bridge Scholarships” for American students to study in China. The 100,000 Strong Initiative has transitioned into an independent, non-profit organization external to the State Department. Updates on the Initiative’s programs can be found at 100kstrong.org.
100,000 Strong in the Americas
In March 2011, President Barack Obama launched “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” an initiative to increase international study in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of “100,000 Strong in the Americas” is to foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students, who are our future leaders and innovators. Website»
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Participants receive intensive language instruction, live with a host family for all or part of the program, and participate in community service and a variety of cultural activities.