Life Changing Experiences
Yale-China creates career-building, world-widening opportunities for Yale students to encounter and engage with mainland China and Hong Kong. Programs are designed to be transformative personally and professionally, giving a deep experience in Asia and opportunities to develop inter-cultural, academic and team-building skills, and to start unique new friendships. Most of our programs go both directions across the Pacific, so participants serve as both hosts in New Haven and travel to Asia. Grow through experiential learning and help Yale-China change the world.
Yale-China Fellows have life-changing experiences embedded within a Chinese community for two years. They serve and inspire students as teachers, lead unforgettable projects and programs, learn Mandarin or Cantonese (or take their existing language ability to a new level)—all while gaining professional skills that lead to meaningful future career paths.
The Chinese Teaching Fellowship is a one-year Fellowship which brings teachers from Changsha and Hong Kong to New Haven Public Schools to teach Chinese language and culture. While their Fellowship is grounded in teaching, learning and exchange happens across New Haven and the country as they interact with community members.
The L(U)CY program gives twelve first years, sophomores, juniors and seniors the chance to collaborate with top Chinese students from Sun Yat-sen University. This year in partnership with Yale Tsai CITY, each team will have a mentor to help them create an enterprise to solve a social issue (in either China or America). Participants lead the way curating a vibrant and educational trip to Yale and New Haven before traveling to Guangzhou to engage with China personally and professionally.
The YUNA program is a special opportunity for eight sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore Hong Kong below the surface and work with a Yale faculty member on an academic project. During the yearlong exchange, participants form deep friendships with their Hong Kong penpals remotely and during the New Haven and Hong Kong visits. After curating a deep dive exploration of the theme in New Haven, Yale students enter “the real Hong Kong,” where they come to better understand the city's complex realities.