Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 10/2013

U.S. Students in China: Meeting the Goals of the 100,000 Strong Initiative

January 2013

Institute of International Education


U.S. Students in China: Meeting the Goals of the 100,000 Strong Initiative, a new report from IIE’s Center for Academic Mobility Research with support from the Ford Foundation, presents findings from a pilot study to capture the full breadth of U.S. student participation in education abroad activities in China. The study provides a baseline against which to assess progress of the 100,000 Strong Initiative and discusses the extent to which higher education institutions are able to measure and report the full range of education abroad activities undertaken by their students. The study finds that American students are going to China for a wide range of education activities, and based on the number of students pursuing expanded non-credit educational opportunities in China, the U.S. Department of State’s goal of sending 100,000 Americans to study in China by 2014 will likely be met. The report also addresses the challenges and opportunities for sending more Americans to China and the need for a better system of tracking student activity abroad at the institutional level.