U.S.-China Student Summit

China's Forbidden City

U.S.-China Student Summit
Travel Dates: May 22, 2014 - June 2, 2014
Organized by the 100,000 Strong Movement, and supported by the
U.S. Department of State and the Chinese Ministry of Education

Deadline for all applications was December 16. 

The 2014 U.S.-China Student Summit will bring together delegations of Chinese and U.S. university students for two days of interaction, discussions with leading officials, and activities to explore international relations and challenges faced by both countries. Conceived for students across disciplines with varied levels of exposure to international study abroad, the program will start with guided visits to China's two major cities.
Participants will travel in China with their delegation to experience its culture and language, absorb the history, and appreciate all that modern China has become. Delegations will explore Shanghai – China's enormous international business center and Beijing – China's capital city, and a center of both culture and business. Students will experience both old and new China, with activities such as:

  • Business and official visits – See how business is conducted up-close by visiting several of the multi-national companies.
  • University tours – Learn about the Chinese education system in a unique way, with a visit to two Chinese universities.
  • Cultural experiences – A trip to China isn't complete without visits at spots like The Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Yuyuan Garden. 

The program culminates with the two-day Summit  which will include presentations by notable government and government speakers, breakout discussions covering topics such as global leadership, internships in China, the experience of working in China as a foreigner, and the study of Mandarin. It will include corporate and university visits for a better understanding of contemporary life in China.

This event and the 100,000 Strong Movement is proud to have the support of the Ministry of Education and the U.S. State Department. The 100,000 Strong Foundation was established in September 2012 to help answer President Barack Obama's call to deepen Americans' understanding of China through study abroad. Over the past decade, China has become the second-largest economy in the world and the United States' fastest-growing trade partner, as well as a regional strategic power with global reach.

Professor Danlin Yu will lead the MSU delegation.  Dr. Yu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies at Montclair State University, Coordinator of Graduate Geographic Information System Certificate and Director of Geographic Information System Minor. His major research Interests include GIS, spatial econometrics, spatial analysis, urban/regional studies, environmental sustainability and remote sensing. He received his PhD. from the Department of Geography at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focusing on "GIS and Spatial Modeling in Regional Development Studies", his MS from Lanzhou University, and his BS from Changsha Electric Power University, both in P.R. China.

Participants will receive a transcript from Colorado State University Global Campus for one credit.
Participants have the option to register for the following Montclair State University Summer Session 3-credit hybrid course:
EAES 271 Geography of East Asia Course Dates: May 19 – June 5, 2014

Delegations will depart from a New York area airport (to be confirmed) on May 22, starting with four days in Shanghai. Transferring to Beijing via high speed train, the delegation will spend 4 days in Beijing before the two-day Summit meeting at Peking University.


Accommodations and Meals

Participants will stay in double occupancy rooms in 3-star hotels. Breakfasts are included throughout plus 4 dinners and 3 lunches.

Estimated Program Cost: $4,000 + visa processing fee ($220) + tuition for 3-credit course if desired
All accepted students will receive a $1,000 scholarship and, based on financial need, will be considered for additional special funding, with scholarships available up to the full program cost.
Program costs Includes:

      • International Airfare from New York/Newark (to be confirmed)
      • 10 nights in 3-star hotels, based on double occupancy
      • Beijing to Shanghai Train Ticket
      • All breakfasts, 4 dinners and 3 lunches
      • All ground transportation in China as per group itinerary
      • Medical insurance in China and Emergency Evacuation insurance
      • Attendance at 100K Summit

Not included:

      • Visa processing fee of $220
      • Other meals
      • Optional Trip Interruption and Travel Delay Insurance $129
      • Personal purchases


Students must be nominated by a professor or dean.  Eligible students can request to be nominated. Applicants should request academic faculty and deans to submit nominating letters of recommendation to the Global Education Center.

The application process will require

  • 1 nominating letter from an MSU professor or dean sent to the Global Education Center Attn: Wendy Gilbert-Simon or simonw@mail.montclair.edu.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from another MSU professor sent to the Global Education Center Attn: Wendy Gilbert-Simon or simonw@mail.montclair.edu.
  • A one-page statement of interest sent to the Global Education Center Attn: Wendy Gilbert-Simon or simonw@mail.montclair.edu describing:
    • Why you are interested in the US-China Student Summit
    • What you hope to gain from the experience
    • How this experience will support your academic and/or career plans
    • Why you feel you should be nominated to participate in the program
  • Online Application through the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of the page.


  • Applicants must be current Montclair State University undergraduate students from any major, in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and not currently under any disciplinary sanctions.
  • NB:  Graduating seniors are not eligible to apply.
  • A committee comprised of faculty and university administrators will review applications and will select 10-12 students to participate in the program.
  • Applicants will be selected based on academic merit, their essay and recommendations.
  • A maximum of 12 students will be selected.
  • After the program, the scholarship recipients will be required to give presentations about their experience and help promote study abroad in the year following their participation.


Application Schedule and Deadlines

Application Due December 16, 2013
Selection January 06, 2014
Commitment and $500 Deposit Due January 24, 2014
Balance Due February 21, 2014
Make Checks payable to "Montclair State University"

Questions, statement of interest and letters of recommendation should be addressed to
Wendy Gilbert-Simon simonw@mail.montclair.edu 973-655-4185
Global Education Center 22 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 07043