CHEPD 1+2+1 Program

CHEPD 1+2+1 Program

Program History

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 Cooperation on Higher Education and Professional Development (CHEPD) 1+2+1 program. This program encourages and promotes the educational exchanges of students and faculty between Chinese and American universities. The CHEPD 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. 

Program Overview

Students in the CHEPD program complete two degrees, one from their home university in China and one from Millersville University.

Undergraduate students spend their first year at their Chinese university and then will spend 2-2.5 years at Millersville before returning to China to complete their final year. Some undergraduate students may transfer as second year students, and will complete their degree requirements while at MU.

Graduate students in this program will spend about 1-1.5 years at MU to complete their degree requirements.

These timelines are dependant on the student's majors and their English ability. If students do not meet the English proficiency requirements for full admission status, they attend the English Language Institute before they enroll in regular college level courses.

The CHEPD 1+2+1 Program Handbook can be found on the CCIEE website here

Other Programs through AASCU and CCIEE/CEAIE

YES Program

The YES program is for non-degree seeking Chinese students to study in the US for one semester or one year. If students do not meet the English proficiency requirements for academic readiness, they are eligible to study at the English Language Institute before they enroll in regular college level courses.  After one semester or one year of study, students will be able to transfer their US credits back to their Chinese universities.

Experimental Class

An experimental class is an articulation program between MU and one of the Chinese parter universities within the CHEPD program framework. Currently Millersville University is working on finalizing an Experimental Class in Art & Deisgn. The benefits to this program is the clearer academic path for students, the relationship building between the universities, and it allows professional development opportunities for U.S. and Chinese faculty to teach at the respective universities. 

If your department is interested in creating an experimental class please contact Global Education. 

Annual Operational Timeline

CHEPD Coordinators

August/September: Transfer credit process is completed for new incoming students. 
September: U.S. Coordinator Meeting is held in Washington, DC. (Learn best practices and new initiatives, get assistance with program issues, network with other U.S. universities in the program)

October 10: U.S. universities submit updated marketing to CCIEE for CHEPD and for the Visiting Scholars programs. 
From mid November to mid December, CCIEE will start recruitment meetings with participating Chinese universities.

March 15-25: CCIEE and U.S. universities receive students’ application materials.
April 15: U.S. universities complete admissions and immigration paperwork for applicants.
May - August: U.S. universities prepare new students to arrive (class registration, housing, meal plans, etc.)

May 25: Both Chinese and American universities notify CCIEE of the graduating students.
Early June: U.S. Coordinator travels to China for the student visa orientation.
Mid June: CHEPD 1+2+1 Program Annual Meeting and Graduation Ceremony in China.

Student Testimonials

"I took a class, Technical Entrepreneurship, in my first semester. It was an amazing class. In class, we built a company named MU Pen Works and sold a product, a pen named EVO Signature, made by the students. Everything in this company was the same as a real company. We had a president, union management, marketing management, engineering management, etc. I was an advertisement manager, and I made a Facebook page and a poster to advertise the pen. In the end, I earned 20 dollars because we sold out. Students liked them! It was really interesting, because learning based on a real company is much better than a text book." - Jiaqi Zheng, Technology & Innovation

"I have a very nice roommate, we celebrated Chinese New Year and we skateboarded, I even had dinner with his parents in Baltimore. I think the people in Lancaster are very kind and our campus is very safe, I like it here so far." - Xiaotian Wang, Art & Design

"I met an American friend in my organic chemistry lab. We have a great relationship; we often go to the gym together. He even asked me to teach him Chinese. One interesting thing here is that once I was heading to the dorm from the gym and my key and student ID fell, I didn't know this and I just kept walking. Right then, some students saw it and yelled to me. But I was wearing headphones, I did not hear it. One of these student ran to me and gave me my stuff. I was so thankful. I love people here and I love America." - Weihao Ma, Chemistry