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In China, the program is administered by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) through the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). CSTEC coordinates the orientation and Chinese language courses, and escorts participants to their host institutions.

 Potential host institutions for China Summer Institute participants are limited to Bejing, Shanghai, Kunming, Xi’an and Wuhan. List only hosts located in these cities; no other locations are permitted. Hong Kong is not part of the EAPSI program.

NSF's partner agency(ies) will make a decision on the suitability of a host institution only after an application has been selected by the NSF evaluation panel. The decision to approve of an institution rests with the counterpart agency(ies) and not NSF. 

See How to Locate Potential Host Institutions for more information on how to locate a host institution/researcher in China.

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Potential Host Institutions in China


Potential hosts are grouped by city:
- Beijing
- Shanghai
- Xi'an
- Kunming
- Wuhan
NOTE: Other institutions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
NOTE: To send a facsimile from the U.S. to China, the dialing sequence is 011 (International Code) - 86 (China's Country Code) - city code and telephone number as given below.



Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the second largest city in terms of population, after Shanghai. It was formerly known in English as Peking. Beijing is the political, educational, and cultural center of the People's Republic of China. It has been selected to host the 2008 Summer Olympics. Because of its political, educational and cultural role in China, a larger number of international organizations are located here than in any other city in China. Many international students come to Beijing to study, a growing trend, especially among students from Western countries.

Information about Beijing can be found at

Beijing based CAS Institutes
Peking University
Beijing Normal University
Beijing Institute of Technology
Beijing University of Chemical Technology
Beijing Jiaotong University
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Beijing University of Petroleum
Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications  (English site currently under construction)
Beijing Forestry University
Beijing University of Technology
Capital Normal University
CAS Headquarters
CAS Institute of Psychology
Contact: Zhang Jianxin, Deputy Director,
Communication Univesity of China
China University of Geosciences
China Agricultural University
China University of Mining and Technology
GE China Technology Center
Contact: Kevin Wang, General Manager
Microsoft Research Asia
Contact: Wang Jian, Principal Researcher
Tel:+86-10-58965770 , Fax: +86-10-88099726
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Contact: Ms. Xuyang Zhang, Director of IR Department
North China University of Technology
Renmin University of China
Tsinghua University
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS)
EAPSI Contact for all CASS Institutes:
Zhang Lihua, Deputy Director, Email:,
Division of America & Oceania,
Bureau of International Cooperation
Tel:+86-10-85195137 , Fax: +86-10-85196142
The Following CASS Institutes have been actively involved in U.S. exchanges:
Quantitative and Technical Economics
Rural Development Studies
Ethnology and Anthropology
World Economics and Politics
American Studies
Russian, East European & Cent Asian Studies (English Website Not Available)
Gender and Law Studies
Finance and Trade Economics
Population and Labor Economics
Asia-Pacific Studies
World Religions
Modern History
World History
Ethnic Literature
International Law
European Studies
West Asian and African Studies  (English site not available at this time)
Japanese Studies (English site not available at this time)

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Shanghai, situated on the banks of Yangtze River Delta in East China, is the largest city of the People's Republic of China and the eighth largest in the world. Widely regarded as the citadel of China's modern economy, the city also serves as one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial, industrial and communications centers of China. Administratively, Shanghai reports directly to the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Shanghai is one of the world's busiest ports, and became the largest cargo port in the world in 2005. Next to Beijing, Shanghai is the country’s most important educational center and home to several leading universities and numerous technological and scientific institutes.

Information about Shanghai can be found at:

Links to the English websites of potential hosts in Shanghai:

CAS Shanghai Branch
Donghua University
East China Normal University
East China University of Science and Technology
Fudan University
GE China Technology Center
Shanghai based CAS institutes
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
Shanghai Jiaotong University
Shanghai Ocean University (formerly Shanghai Fisheries University)
Shanghai University
Tongji University
The University of Shanghai for Science and Technology


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Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi Province with a population of around 6 million and is located in northwestern China. Xi’an was the first Chinese city to open to the outside world during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 A.D.) when Xi’an was a key stop on the Silk Road. Over a period of more than 2000 years, Xi’an served as the capital for 11 dynasties. Along with Rome and Constantinople, Xi’an was a city of culture and trade playing a vital historical role linking East and West in China during that period. Xi’an was capital to the Qin Dynasty, the first empire of China, and the Tang Dynasty, which left the city with a rich legacy, including the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, which are regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Modern Xi’an is a major city with substantial S&T research and development capabilities and the third largest number of academic institution after Beijing and Shanghai. Among the ones with a national reputation, Xi’an Jiaotong University has been recognized as one of China’s top five universities. The Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University is a major university in agricultural and environmental science and is a key institute for developing the western part of China. Xi’an Institute of Earth Environment Study of CAS, including the State Key Lab of Loess and Quaternary Geology, is one of the leading institutes for East Asia Monsoon and Global Change studies. This institute is also responsible for the Chinese Environmental Science Drilling Program, which is a part of the International Continental Drilling Program (ICDP), and which has a collection of rock core samples.

Information about Xi’an can be found at

Links to English websites of potential hosts in Xi’an:

CAS Institute of Earth Environment
Northwest A&F University
Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research
Northwest University
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Shaanxi Normal University
Xifan Jiaotong University
Xifan Shiyou (Oil) University
Xidian University
Xi'an University of Technology
Xi'an University of Architecture and Technology
Xi'an University of Science and Technology

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Kunming, situated in central Yunnan and north of the Dianchi Basin, is the capital, largest city and principal industrial center in Yunnan Province. It has a population of around 4 million. Kunming is located at an elevation of 1,900 meters above sea level. It is skirted on three sides by mountains, with one side opening onto the Dianchi Lake, and has mild “spring-like” weather throughout the year. Kunming is the center of S&T and education in Yunnan province. It has over 10 universities. The Kunming Branch of Chinese Academy of Sciences includes 5 research institutions: the Kunming Institute of Zoology, the Kunming Institute of Botany, the Yunnan Astronomical Observatory, the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and the Guiyang Institute of Geochemistry in Guizhou Province. Kunming and Yunnan Province enjoy the reputation as the "kingdom of flora and fauna". The city is known for its abundant tropical and subtropical species. The Gaoligongshan region and Hengduan Mountains in Yunnan Province are recognized by global conservation agencies as one of the "hottest" biodiversity hotspots worldwide. Kunming and Yunnan Province have 26 registered ethnic minorities, including Yi, Miao, Dai, and Tibetans, constituting about 30 percent of the total population. Because Yunnan is the province with the largest number of nationalities in China, it is also known for its ethnic and cultural diversity. Biological and ethnic diversity in southwest China make Yunnan a gathering place for researchers in the fields of biology and ethnic culture. Kunming is also an important gateway to the southern Silk Road which traveled through Tibet, Sichuan, and Myanmar to India.
The city's highland scenery and karst formations are attractive. Dian Lake and the Stone Forest are two major places of nearby historic interest and scenic beauty. One can appreciate the Karst formation and the uplift as a result of the Indian Subcontinent subducting under the Eurasian Plate.

Information about Yunnan and Kunming can be found at

Links to English websites of potential hosts in Kunming:

Guiyang Institute of Geochemistry
Kunming Institute of Zoology (KIZ), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Kunming University of Science and Technology (KUST)
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Yunnan Astronomical Observatory (YNAO), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Yunnan University (English site not available)
Yunnan University of the Nationalities (No  Website available)  
Yunnan Agricultural University (English Website not available at this time)

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Wuhan Botanical Gardens (formerly  The Wuhan Institute of Botany)  
Wuhan University  

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