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Sino-American CHEPD Undergraduate Transfer Articulation Program

Please Note: This is the homepage for the Sino-American CHEPD (1+2+1 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 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.  

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.

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, theatre, political science, graphic design, art studio, or philosophy), and the sciences (computer 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!

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:

  • May-June 2015 - An integrative short-term study abroad program will go to Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication led by CCU Prof. Nick Rhew (Strategic Management and International Business) and Jeff Case (Graphic Design) to bring CCU students to work together with BIGC students.
  • December 2014 - Prof. Ray Moye teaches a course in Academic Writing at Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics as a part of the experimental class in the CHEPD program.  His contributions are noted in the local newspaper in Lanzhou.
  • December 2014 - Prof. Nick Rhew delivers a guest lecture on strategic management‌ to students at Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication.
  • November 2014 - Chinese visiting scholars (Shi Xuan and Qin Wang from Xi'an Technological University, Junlin Liang (Soochow University), and Zhe Jing from Ganzu Agricultural University) join CCU professors Min Ye (Political Science), Zhixiong Chen (Marine Science), and Richard Aidoo (Political Science) for a panel discussion about life at the university in China during CCU's International Education Week events.
  • Fall 2014 - Associate Provost Darla Domke-Damonte works with Dr. Yoav Wachsman (Director of Special Projects for the CCU Wall College of Business) and Dr. John Mortimer (Department Chair for Accounting) to complete negotiations with Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication to establish an experimental class to articulate transfer credits to CCU.  Two CCU faculty members will visit each year for the next five years to teach short courses on the campus of Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication. 
  • Summer 2014 - Nine CCU faculty travelled 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, including Professors Craig Boylstein, Steven Earnest, Ray Moye, Anna Oldfield, Paul Olsen, Carol Osborne, Nils Rauhut, Robert Sheehan, Yoav Wachsman.  Results included teaching in an innovative summer graduate program at Shaan'xi Normal University that included tap dance performance, cooperative data analysis, and a novel graphic design project to highlight Xi'an's cultural wealth.
  • June 2014 - CCU President David DeCenzo delivers a invited lecture on engaging faculty members in internationalization efforts during the Presidential Forum and CCU Associate Provost Darla Domke-Damonte delivers invited lecture about the 121 CHEPD program at the annual meeting and conference in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
  • 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.
  • Summer 2012 - CCU professors Kate Oesterreich (English) and Carol Cissel (Accounting) serve as visiting professors at Beijing Language and Culture University.
  • 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. Professor Easton Selby (Graphic Design) leads cooperative work project between the students. Results include award recognition for the mutual exhibit, called "Social Landscapes," jointly in China (Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum and at Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery).  The exhibit has received awards in China and a new exhibit is scheduled for the Pingyao International Photography Festival.
  • 2012 - Dr. Steven Bleicher employs his expertise on color theory with the city of Beijing to create a 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.
  • June 2011 - CCU President David DeCenzo serves as one of the keynote speakers at the Presidents’ Forum during the 2011 Annual Meeting in Chengdu, China, for the 1+2+1 Sino-American Dual Degree Program.
  • Fall 2010 - CCU hosts delegation of senior administrators and governmental leaders from Hainan Province and Hainan University.
  • Fall 2010 - Coastal Carolina University hosts 4 visiting scholars on its campus to work collaboratively with Coastal Carolina University.  Some of these partners continue to cooperate with one another, including Liang Lu (Xi’an International Studies University) with whom we cooperated to provide a short-term study abroad program for CCU students, and Jie Li (Shandong University at Weihai) with whom CCU professors worked on a book of translated works for publication.
  • Fall 2009 - Coastal Carolina University welcomes Qian Chen, its first CHEPD student, to our campus!
  • Fall 2008 & Fall 2010 - CCU Professor Taylor Damonte is invited to serve as a keynote speaker on tourism planning at Guangzhou University and to give graduate student seminars on tourism topics.