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China Scholars Program Letter of Recommendation

The China Scholars Program  (CSP) is an online course that provides students with a broad overview of Chinese history, literature, religion, art, politics, economics, and contemporary society, with a specific focus on the U.S.–China relationship. China Scholars is offered through the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) at Stanford University. We will select approximately 25 exceptional high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of China. Top scholars, leading diplomats, and other professionals provide online lectures and engage students in live discussion sessions. Students also complete weekly readings and assignments and participate in discussion forums, with the coursework culminating in an independent research project. Final research projects will be printed and bound as a journal. Students will be required to lead two presentations on China at their schools or in their communities. Students who successfully complete the course will earn Stanford Continuing Studies Program (CSP) credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.

Students accepted to the program must be available to participate from mid-August through December 2018, including attendance at 12 real-time “virtual classes” on Tuesdays or Thursdays (specific dates TBA). Students should be self-motivated, and should expect to allot about 6 hours per week to complete the lectures, discussions, readings, and assignments. Since this is a distance-learning course, students will have the flexibility to structure most of the work around their individual schedules. Although intensive, the China Scholars Program will equip participants with a rare degree of expertise about China that may have a significant impact on their choice of study and future career.

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With the description of the China Scholars Program in mind, please write a letter of recommendation for your student. In this letter, please comment on the following areas:

        • self-motivation and ability to successfully complete a rigorous online course
        • writing and research ability (students will be required to complete weekly written assignments and provide a
          10- to 12-page research paper at the end of the course)
        • personal qualities (e.g., working well with peers, ability to make a positive contribution to a learning
          community, etc.)

Please write your recommendation on official letterhead and submit as a PDF. Please include the following information.

        • Name of student
        • Your title/professional affiliation
        • Relationship to student
        • Number of years you have known the student

Download a copy of the 2018 Fall China Scholars Program Letter of Recommendation Guidelines.