Each Summer, twenty young leaders from across the United States travel to Beijing, China, to learn about modern China and the art of diplomacy. Hosted on the campus of one of China’s premier Universities, the JSA Diplomat program aims to provide America’s future leaders with the skills to represent their country effectively on global issues. During the month-long session, students can earn college credit in courses in Chinese history and language. They also develop leadership skills through interactions with Chinese and American officials on political, economic and social issues.
China is the world’s fastest growing major economy. Students will have a chance to see this economic engine in action in modern-day Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics. From trips to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the famous Terracotta Warriors of Xian, and many other historic sites, students will have a hands-on experience with a culture that dates back nearly 6,000 years. They also participate in a youth exchange with local Chinese high school students and in service-learning projects with non-profit organizations around Beijing. Through these experiences, students sharpen their language skills and learn about youth culture and contemporary issues in China today. Studying abroad isn’t just about learning a foreign language. It’s also about understanding the local culture. Whether learning calligraphy, practicing kung fu, or becoming an expert on the local neighborhood’s dumpling and noodle stands, our students learn how to navigate a new culture.
The 2013 JSA Diplomat program runs from June 26 to July 21. Students gather in Seattle, WA for orientation and travel together to China with JSA staff.
We hope you’ll watch what our faculty, staff, students, and parents have to say about this transformative international experience.