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Sino-American CHEPD Transfer Articulation Program


Since 2007, Coastal Carolina University has participated in a unique program cooperatively developed between the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE). Originally known as the Sino-American 1+2+1 Double Degree Program, this program is now called the Sino-American CHEPD Undergraduate Transfer Articulation Program. This groundbreaking program allows talented students at major universities in China to spend one year studying at their Chinese institution, then transfer to Coastal Carolina University for 2 - 2.5 years to complete requirements for their Coastal Carolina University degree, and then return for a year of coursework at their Chinese institution. After the successful completion of their academic programs, these students receive both their Coastal Carolina University degree and that of their Chinese institution!


CHEPD Students

The first student to finish through this program at Coastal Carolina University, Qian CHEN, graduated in June 2012 as a honor graduate in the 121 program from Guangzhou University and as an honors student at Coastal Carolina University. Changshu Institute of Technology) and Mincong CHEN (Economics - Guangdong University of Finance and Economics) graduated with university honors from Coastal Carolina University.Students meet regularly with their Program Coordinator, Mr. Geoffrey Parsons, who is also the Director of the Office of International Programs weekly to discuss their programs, coordinate with their academic advisors, and coordinate programming for the group.

Graduates in 2014 included Haocun Wang (Graphic Design - Southwest Jiaotong University) and Yanqiao Yang (Southwest Jiaotong University). Mr. WANG was accepted to the prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong into its master of architecture program.

In addition to their high quality educational programs, CHEPD students participate in a variety of interesting activities, including receptions with President and Mrs. DeCenzo, and day trips to Charleston, SC, Chinese New Year Celebrations, dining etiquette seminars, and other projects and programs.

Areas of Study

Students may choose from a variety of areas of study in the CHEPD program at Coastal Carolina University, including undergraduate majors in business administration (accounting, marketing, management, finance, resort tourism management, or economics),humanities and fine arts (English, science, information systems, applied physics, chemistry, or biochemistry).

Programs within the Wall College of Business are internationally accredited through AACSB, the computer science program is nationally accredited through ABET, theatre is nationally accredited through NAST, and graphic design is accredited nationally by NASAD.

Coastal Carolina University embraces a strong commitment to experiential learning, through which students participate in internships, research projects, service learning, study abroad, and other applied projects. Further information about the experiential learning program is available here. Over 200 CCU students studied abroad and 1,400 completed internships in 2012/13. Come to join us at Coastal Carolina University and enhance your experience!

Experimental Classes

Coastal Carolina University currently operates four experimental class programs in cooperation with Chinese partner universities:

· Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (Graphic Design)

· Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication (Accounting/Business Administration)

· Huaqiao University (Resort Tourism Management)

· Huaqiao University (Computer Science)

Students in these programs benefit from on-site instruction and orientation from CCU faculty members in these disciplines and a more seamless transition to the academic programs at Coastal Carolina University.

Faculty Exchange and Institutional Cooperation

A variety of projects and cooperation activities have taken place through this program since 2007, including faculty exchange, cooperative student projects, and more recently, videoconference exchanges with students. Since 2007, CCU has had active one-way and two-way cooperation with over 17 Chinese universities! Some examples include:

@Chinese Campus Program – An innovative program that allows CCU faculty to teach for a month on Chinese campuses. Application cycles each fall.

Innovative Short-term Summer Programs for Cooperation

Visiting Scholar Programs – Coastal Carolina University has welcomed visiting scholars from over 12 Chinese universities. CCU faculty serve as on-campus mentors for these incoming visiting faculty from China to help them acculturate to the academic program experience at CCU. Each visiting faculty member is also hosted by the Office of International Programs and Services to coordinate social support.