Sino-American CHEPD 121 Program Handbook


Sino-American CHEPD 121 Program Handbook


  The Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People’s Republic of China have an agreement for Cooperation in Educational Exchanges between the two countries. The agreement was renewed on March 28, 2000 in Beijing and re-signed on April 20, 2006 in Washington D.C. in the United States. Item B of Article 7 of the 2006 Agreement states that “The Parties agree to encourage the recognition of credentials and academic credits from accredited institutions in the other country and to promote examination of issues of degree equivalency.”

  Inspired by the Agreement, China Education Association for International Exchanges (CEAIE), China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE), and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) started the “Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual-Degree Program” in March 2001. This year the program was renamed the “Sino-American CHEPD Undergraduate/Graduate Transfer Program”, which operates under the Sino-American Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD)”. The program will be referred to as the “CHEPD 1+2+1 Program” in the rest of this handbook. This program encourages and promotes the educational exchanges of students and faculty between Chinese and American universities. After ten years of experimentation and implementation, there are approximately 111 universities in China and the United States participating in this program. The CHEPD 1+2+1 Program has become one of the largest educational cooperative programs between the two countries, and it has established a strong educational exchange platform for cooperation between universities in China and the United States. In order to assist participating universities and relevant departments to understand the program operational procedures, and strengthen communications between Chinese and American partner universities, CCIEE and AASCU first published the Procedural Guidelines for AASCU Universities in October 2005, and revised them in June 2007. The last version of the Handbook was published in 2008. Since then many changes have occurred and the number of participating universities has increased. Meanwhile, more and more AASCU and Chinese universities are applying to participate in the program. We therefore find it necessary to update the guidelines for all participating universities and publish this Handbook of the “Sino-American CHEPD Undergraduate/Graduate Transfer Program (2013)”

  The new Handbook includes:

  I. Program Overview

  II. Operational Policies and Procedures

  III. Questions Most Frequently Asked by Students and Participating Universities

  IV. Cooperation Sample Agreements

  V. Sample Regulations and Policies from Participating Universities in China and the United States

  VI. Appendices
Ms. Wu Qin, CCIEE,
Tel: 86-10-58782864,   Fax: 86-10-58698695
In the U.S.:
Ms. Arlene Jackson, Director of International Education, AASCU
Tel: 202-478-7834, Email:
Ms. Sufei Li, AASCU Liaison Officer
Tel: 571-203-8620


The “CHEPD 1+2+1 Program” Handbook (2013) is only for use as a reference guide among participating universities.
If you have any suggestions or want more information about this program, please contact:
In China:
Ms. Wang Ying, CCIEE,