CCSP provides students with a transformative experience-based program that gives them the tools to be more academically, linguistically, and socially prepared to succeed abroad.

 
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XY Bridges partners with US, China-based and Taiwan-based schools to provide custom built programs for your student groups. In the 2016-2017 academic year, more than 350,000 Chinese students studied in the United States. Are you maximizing your school’s international potential?

We offer the opportunity for schools to tailor an experiential education program that takes place in the United States. While the details may change according to each partnership, the foundation of the CCSP program is to equip students looking to study abroad with cross-cultural competence, problem-solving/critical-thinking skills, as well as globally applicable soft skills- all in an immersive English language environment.

Schools have the option of selecting the length, location, and thematic elements in each program. Program lengths can vary between 1 - 3 weeks and be based in a variety of US cities (New York, Boston, and/or San Francisco, for example).

CCSP involves so much more than a simple college tour or study abroad orientation program. Completing CCSP gives students a head start in preparing for academic and social challenges that often take their toll while studying abroad. They have the advantage of improved English and a variety of other learned skills that will assist them in being more successful- both during school and after graduation. The skills learned during CCSP prepare students to better break out of their comfort zones and integrate into campus life creating a truly international campus with value to both foreign and US students. 

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For Asia-based Schools and Organizations:

International Education is a field currently experiencing exponential growth, especially with Asian students. Offering programming to benefit students with international aspirations include the following benefits:

  • higher recruitment rate because of attractive international programming

  • expanded influence outside of respective country

  • more actively engaged alumni

  • opportunities for partnerships abroad

  • unique programming can offer a competitive edge against other schools

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For USA-based schools and organizations:

Recruitment is only the beginning of International Education. Cultivate a dynamic international presence on your campus. Expanded support for international students, especially from Asia, include the following benefits:

  • increased international recognition because of expanded international programming

  • higher retention rate of international students

  • higher recruitment rate because of attractive supportive programming

  • more actively engaged alumni

  • better integration of international students into the student body- bringing global learning to the campus

  • fewer student disciplinary problems due to advanced preparation

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Advantages for Students

By completing a CCSP program, students are prepared for new social expectations, cultural differences, and academic standards. In sum, they will be more successful at integrating while abroad. 

Being prepared can have advantages in the long-run as well. CCSP provides students with highly marketable hard and soft skills that give them an edge in the competitive international job market.

Additionally, CCSP equips students for the often over-looked emotional and psychological aspects of studying abroad.

English Language Pledge

English language capability is one of the biggest obstacles listed by students who faced problems integrating while abroad. A language pledge to speak only English for the duration of the program helps students cement their language skill and receive a confidence boost before the term begins. 

Tailored Programming

Each CCSP program can be customized according to your school’s wishes. The school has the option of selecting the length, location, and thematic elements in each program.

Programs can be 1-3 weeks in length and based in New York City, Boston, and/or San Francisco.

For example, we can work with you to build a program that highlights strengths and weaknesses in your student group- perhaps designing a 2 week program that emphasizes leadership and team building and takes place in San Francisco and New York City.

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OBJECTIVES

  • To improve participants’ integration into U.S. schools.

  • To strengthen participants’ confidence and character development through experiential learning activities and dialogue facilitation emphasizing global competencies.

  • To prepare participants to excel in an independent, competitive academic environment. 

  • To advance participants’ English language ability through a high-impact English Language Pledge. 

  • To enhance critical-thinking, problem-solving, and logical organization skills.

  • To build participants' social and soft skills so they gain an a competitive edge in the overseas job market. 

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EXAMPLE DAY

Day 6: Cross-Cultural Core-Competencies: Attitude and Awareness

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Dr. Wayne Dier

·      Morning Activities: Change in Attitude Importance of attitude and awareness in a cross-cultural context. Hands-on experiential learning application through cross-cultural engagement, a failure workshop, and opportunity for growth.    

·      Morning Dialogue: Rewards and learning outcomes from challenging comfort zones, trial and error and concept of "face", articulation of attitude and awareness behavior, and how to build cross-cultural bridges starting from an attitude and awareness base.

·      Afternoon Activities: Cross-cultural role-play - Interactive simulation for coping with uncertainty and foreignness, observation and awareness of cultural rituals/customs, beliefs, language, and cross-cultural interpretation.

·      Afternoon Discussion: Examination of cross-cultural behavioral patterns, how can and should approaches change when engaging cross-culturally, how intention illustrates itself across cultures, how attitude and awareness play a role in engaging with a new culture.

·      Evening Discussion: Culture Shock: Understanding culture shock, how change in attitude and awareness can help you prepare for culture shock, learning to embrace the experience with confidence.

·      Evening Wrap-up: Next steps – Revisit Quote of the day, how to use learning outcomes from today in next steps towards making their study abroad experience positive.

The purpose of the day is to experience a change in attitude and awareness in a cross-cultural context. The day begins by encouraging participants to become aware of their own behavior and attitude towards failure through a local community engagement exercise. A dialogue follows emphasizing the positive outcomes when a change in attitude and awareness take place in challenging one’s comfort zones. The afternoon continues this theme of applying attitude and awareness through an experiential learning simulation focusing on cross-cultural sensitivities, observation and interpretation of foreignness, and coping with uncertainty. An in-depth discussion concludes the afternoon analyzing how attitude and awareness play a role in engaging with new cross-cultural behavioral patterns. The evening discussion highlights understanding the concept of culture shock and how a change in attitude and awareness can help create a positive experience for participants. By revisiting the quote of the day and a short debrief, we clarify our learning outcomes and how they can be applied towards next steps in embracing their study abroad experience with confidence not only in themselves, but in each other as well.