Application period closed
The application period for the Spring 2021 course has closed.
Introduction to Contemporary China
The China Scholars Program (CSP) is an interactive, synchronous online course for high school students in the United States—part of Stanford University’s SPICE Program in Pre-Collegiate Global Learning. Students will explore key issues in contemporary China, spanning politics, economics, social issues, culture, and the arts, and with an emphasis on its relationship with the United States. Real-time “virtual classrooms” with leading scholars, experts, and former government officials from Stanford University and other institutions, provide a rigorous learning experience.
Modeled after SPICE’s long-running Reischauer Scholars Program on Japan, the CSP selects about 20 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in a one-semester, intensive study of contemporary China.
Coursework includes weekly reading and writing assignments, culminating in an independent research project. Final research projects will be printed in journal format, and students are also required to do a presentation on China in their home schools or local communities. Students who successfully complete the course will earn Stanford Continuing Studies Program credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.
Students accepted to the Spring 2021 program must be available to participate from February through early June 2021, including attendance at 12 real-time "virtual classrooms" on Thursday evenings (specific dates TBA). Students should expect to devote approximately 6 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, however, students can structure most of the work around their individual schedules. The CSP will equip participants with a rare degree of expertise about China and its relationship with the United States that may have a significant impact on their choice of study and future careers. Students do not need to know the Chinese language or have prior experience with China to participate in this course.
Due to the pandemic, for Spring 2021 only, students who are taking a "gap year"—who have graduated from high school but are not yet enrolling in college—will be eligible to apply. Applicants do not need to know the Chinese language or have any prior experience with China. Some financial assistance is available; inquire for details.
For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions. Contact Dr. Tanya Lee, China Scholars Program Instructor, with further questions.