During the 2016-2017 school year, BCPS students in Grades 9 – 12 may apply to participate in the China Cultural Exchange program – a partnership that was implemented in 2007 between BCPS and Xi’an Tie Yi (First Railway) High School in China.
If accepted into the exchange program, BCPS students will live and experience Chinese culture for six weeks beginning mid-May until early July. During their six-week cultural experience, BCPS students will attend classes at Tie Yi, take English classes with Chinese students, and take special classes in Chinese language, art, cooking, music, Tai Chi and physical education.
In addition to coursework, BCPS students will have the opportunity to discover Xi’an – one of the oldest cities in China.
BCPS students and their families also will have the opportunity to host a Tie Yi High School exchange student in January and February. During their exchange experience in the United States, the Chinese students will attend BCPS schools and travel throughout the region.
Students interested in the China Cultural Exchange program are not required to speak Chinese or have studied the Chinese language. The cost for the program is $3,000. However, the BCPS Education Foundation may award a partial scholarship to students who are eligible for free or reduced meals.
BCPS will host two information sessions on Wednesday, September 14 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Owings Mills High School Cafetorium | 124 Tollgate Rd., 21117 and on Thursday, September 15 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Perry Hall High School Library | 4601 Ebenezer Rd., 21236.
For more information about the China Cultural Exchange program and the application process, click here.