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The US - China Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) Program

Please Note: This is the homepage for the CHEPD (1+2+1 Sino-American Double Degree) Program at Coastal Carolina University.

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 AASCU - CCIEE Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) 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.  

In 2013, Tingran SHEN (Resort Tourism Management - 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.

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 1+2+1 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, theatre, political science, graphic design, art studio, or philosophy), and the sciences (computer science, information systems, applied physics, chemistry, 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!

Faculty Exchange and Cooperation

A variety of projects and cooperation activities have taken place over the last five years, including faculty exchange, cooperative student projects, and more recently, videoconference exchanges with students.  Some examples include:

  • Summer 2014 - Several CCU faculty have been invited to travel to teach in Chinese partner universities in Xi'an, Weihai and other cities to share their expertise and develop stronger relationships and cooperation with Chinese colleagues.
  • April 9, 2014 - Dr. John Lin (Huaqiao University Lecturer and CEO of Sunwin Biopharma) will present a video conference with CCU students and faculty on the topic of the Current and Future Business Environment in China at 8am in Johnson Auditorium on CCU's campus.
  • October 2013 - Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte delivered guest lecture on international business at Huaqiao University (Quanzhou campus).
  • September 2013 - Coastal Carolina University hosts delegation of senior administrators from China, along with SUN Hongmo, Director of CCIEE, to discuss study abroad cooperation between Chinese universities and Coastal Carolina University.
  • July 2013 - Carol Osborne and Ray Moye (professors of English) teach at Shandong University at Weihai, along with previous visiting scholar, Jie LI, from Shandong University at Weihai, who was a visiting scholar at Coastal Carolina University in 2010.
  • November 2012 - Delegation of faculty leaders from Nanjing Arts University participates in grand opening of the Social Landscapes exhibit, a cooperative project in partnership between Coastal Carolina University and Nanjing Arts University.
  • November 2012 - Coastal Carolina University hosts delegation of senior administrators from China on election night and the days after to discuss cooperation in English programs and double degree programs.
  • May 2012 - CCU study abroad program brings CCU students to work with Chinese art students at Nanjing Arts University to create exhibitions of work in both China and Coastal Carolina University.  Results include award recognition for the mutual exhibit, called "Social Landscapes."
  • 2012 - Dr. Steven Bleicher employs his expertise on color theory with the citiy of Beijing to create permanent public art at the Water Cube.
  • 2011 and 2012 - Jay Teets and Bomi Kang lead study program to Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an and to Seoul to explore business in China and South Korea.
  • Fall 2010 - Coastal Carolina University hosts 4 visiting scholars on its campus.