July 6, 2015 to July 23, 2015

The 2015 SLE took place July 6-23, including a two-day mandatory pre-departure orientation in San Francisco. With an itinerary that included visits in Beijing, Sichuan Province (Chengdu and Beichuan) and Hunan Province (Yueyang), participants explored vastly different parts of China. Through a series of activities, site visits, and briefings, including those with experts and government officials, participants learned about China’s environmental protection efforts, governance and economy, culture and history, present-day successes and challenges, and more.

To get a sense of what SLE participants experience, review an SLE sample itinerary and watch an SLE participant's video.

Student Leaders Exchange

Student Leaders Exchange

Since 2004, the National Committee has been selecting twelve graduating U.S. high school seniors who have received national recognition for their accomplishments to participate in the yearly U.S.-China Student Leaders Exchange. For the young American participants, the heart of the program is a two-week study visit to China during the summer between high school and college. Americans participants learn about China's successes and challenges and have unusual opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with their Chinese counterparts as a consequence of homestays throughout most of the program.

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