Wayne State University has partnered with the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, and the Wang Foundation to engage in a new and extensive program of Poverty Alleviation in China. The program seeks to address poverty issues in 100 of the poorest counties throughout China; empowering students through computer and English education. Tsinghua students, partnered with American students, are assigned to special E-Learning Centers that emphasize conversational English and basic computer literacy.

The Summer Service Learning Program (using service to teach ideas outside of the classroom) is a four-week journey to rural China. Students will interact with Chinese students, teachers and local government officials. Students selected will receive special training and orientation in CHI 1005 and CHI 3390, specifically designed for this program. Honors students can receive up to 6 Honors credits for SSL program.

  • The program is open to all Wayne State University students. A 3.3 GPA is preferred and a strong background or interest in social justice, activism, and/or community service is recommended.
  • The Summer Service Learning Program is a four week experience that takes place from July 1 - 31.
  • The Wang Foundation and the Chinese Government will cover all in-country expenses and scholarships are currently being developed to cover airfare to and from Beijing. All efforts are being made to keep student costs to an absolute minimum.
  • To apply, students must submit a completed program application by November 27, 2006.