1. General Information about Hong Kong

  2. General Information about the U.S.

  3. Hong Kong Higher Education

  4. U.S. Higher Education

  5. Exchange Organizations

    • AACSB – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
      A nonprofit association of educational institutions, corporations, and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management.
    • AED – Academy for Educational Development
      An independent, nonprofit service organization committed to helping people meet their social and economic development needs through training, social and behavioral research, and policy analysis.
    • AFS – AFS-USA, Inc.
      An international nonprofit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities for students and adults.
    • Alliance – Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, Inc.
      An association of U.S.-based nonprofit organizations comprising the international educational and cultural exchange community.
    • AACC – American Association of Community Colleges
      The Association provides leadership and service in the following areas: advocacy, policy, information resources, leadership, professional development, and coordination in the promotion of community college issues and interests.
    • AACRAO – American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
      Provides support services for international education such as offering support for international student research; foreign admissions, evaluation, and placement; and study abroad by U.S. students.
    • ACLS – American Council of Learned Societies
      A private nonprofit federation of 61 national scholarly organizations. Its mission is to advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning and to maintain and strengthen relations among the national societies devoted to such studies.
    • ACYPL – American Council of Young Political Leaders
      Established to offer emerging political leaders an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of foreign policy formation, allow young political leaders from abroad the opportunity to directly observe the American political process, and provide an understanding of the domestic framework which guides the making of U.S. foreign policy.
    • ACE – American Council on Education
      The most comprehensive of the higher education associations, with members from all sectors of higher education. Guided by a presidential-level Commission on International Education, works on policy issues in the areas of institutional and federal support for international exchange, international studies, and foreign languages.
    • AIFS Foundation – American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation
      Aims to promote worldwide understanding through cultural exchange; encourage the education of young people of the world about foreign cultures and customs by arranging for qualified individuals to live and study on exchange programs; and promote understanding and appreciation of the global community through exposure to foreign languages as well as through exposure to social, political, historical, artistic, and cultural backgrounds.
    • ACC – Asian Cultural Council
      Awards fellowships to Asian artists and specialists in the visual and performing arts for research, study, travel, and creative pursuits in the United States, and to American artists pursuing similar activities in Asia.
    • AIPT – Association for International Practical Training
      A nonprofit organization that promotes international understanding through cross-cultural, on-the-job, practical training exchanges for students and professionals.
    • AIEA – Association of International Education Administrators
      Composed of principal international education administrators on college and university campuses in the United States and abroad. A unique professional association dedicated to enhancing opportunities for key campus-based international administrators to join forces, exchange ideas, share institutional strategies, and provide an effective voice on matters of public policy.
    • AJCU – Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
      Founded with a defined mission of supporting and promoting Jesuit higher education by facilitating cooperative efforts among and providing services to its 28 member institutions, providing a forum for the exchange of experience and information, and representing the work of Jesuit higher education at the national and international levels.
    • APSIA – Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
      A nonprofit, non-governmental organization that serves as a source of information on professional international affairs education, represents the interests of professional international affairs education in national and international forums, and coordinates activities among and for its member institutions.
    • CBIE – College Board-International Education
      Through its Office of International Education in Washington, DC, the College Board works to increase access to higher education in the United States for both American nationals living abroad and foreign nationals interested in pursuing higher education possibilities in the United States.
    • CCIS – College Consortium for International Studies
      A partnership of colleges and universities (two and four-year; large and small; public and private; domestic and foreign) encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education.
    • CETUSA – Council for Educational Travel USA
      A nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization dedicated to providing youth from around the world the opportunity to exchange ideas, arts, philosophies, and ways of life with host families in the United States and abroad.
    • CAORC – Council of American Overseas Research Centers
      Supports existing overseas research centers and assists in the development of new mechanisms for research exchange.
    • CCSSO – Council of Chief State School Officers
      By joint sponsorship of international conferences and exchange of strategies on topics such as youth transition from school to work, urban education, early childhood education, and second language study, CCSSO assists educators throughout the world in learning and adapting accomplishments from countries around the world.
    • CGS – Council of Graduate Schools
      As the largest national association organized specifically to represent the interests of graduate education, CGS offers many opportunities for deans and graduate school personnel to exchange ideas and share information on major issues in graduate education.
    • Council – Council on International Educational Exchanges, Inc.
      Council’s mission is to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. Conducts programs in more than 30 countries with administrative centers in ten locations worldwide.
    • CSIET – Council on Standards for International Educational Travel
      A nonprofit organization committed to quality international educational travel and exchange for youth at the high school level. Operates through a network of national and state educational associations, educational and travel exchange organizations, and community/volunteer groups.
    • ETS – Educational Testing Service
      A nonprofit organization, develops and administers achievement, occupational and admissions tests, such as the College Board’s SAT, for clients in education, government, and business.
    • FA – Fulbright Association
      A national membership organization created by Fulbright alumni. The Association supports and promotes the Fulbright program and other programs of international educational and cultural exchange; provides hospitality and enrichment activities for visiting Fulbright students, scholars, and teachers; and facilitates continuing relationships among, and the public service of, former Fulbright grantees.
    • IAU – Institute for American Universities
      Serves as a center for education abroad in the south of France for more than 700 North American colleges and universities and more than 12,000 American undergraduate students.
    • IIE – Institute for International Education
      In partnership with forward-looking governments, educational institutions, corporations, and foundations, the Institute’s worldwide staff and programs enable emerging leaders to think globally as they work to improve the societies in which they live.
    • IPA – Institute for Public Administration
      Actively participates in public management training by organizing internships and study tours, providing technical assistance to public service training programs, and supervising the work of participant trainees from foreign countries.
    • IREX – International Research and Exchanges Board
      A private, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting advanced field research and professional training programs between the US and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eurasia, China, and comparable contiguous societies.
    • ISEP – International Student Exchange Program
      Provides a cost-effective administrative and financial structure that facilitates individualized, affordable, and flexible university-level exchanges between member institutions throughout the US and members in 38 countries.
    • Laurasian Institution
      The mission is to examine and seek to understand the cultural foundations of economic, political, and social policy; develop individual competency in dealing with diverse cultures; encourage realistic and mutually beneficial methodologies in dealing with cultural diversity; and to give particular attention to the cultural interaction of Asia, North America, and Europe. The Institution gives special attention to communication, collaboration, and creativity.
    • MCPA – Mansfield Center for Pacific Affairs
      An intensive, two-year program, the program provides fellows with one year in Japan working in a full-time professional position in Japanese government offices, preceded by a first year of in-depth study in the United States of Japanese language and area studies.
    • MIC – Meridian International Center
      A nonprofit educational and cultural institution promoting international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. Meridian has an active art program which brings international exhibitions to the United States and a Traveling Exhibition Service which organizes art tours across the country. MIC also offers professional study tours, cross-cultural orientation, and programs for students and youth.
    • MIUSA/ NCDE – Mobility International USA/ National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange
      A nonprofit organization that coordinates the NCDE, a project funded by the U.S. Information Agency. The NCDE provides information and referrals to individuals with disabilities interested in participating in international programs and also advises exchange programs on how to accommodate participants with disabilities.
    • NAFSA – Association of International Educators
      Promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the US. NAFSA provides a forum for discussing issues and a network for sharing information as it seeks to increase awareness of and support for international education in higher education, government, and communities across the US.
    • NASSP – National Association of Secondary School Principals
      Fosters academic and cultural partnerships between secondary schools in the United States and other countries. NASSP receives support from the New York Community Trust Fund.
    • NASULGC – National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges
      Promotes all facets of internationalization on campuses, including the facilitation of exchanges, study abroad, faculty development, international research, and language/area study and development.
    • National Committee on United States-China Relations
      A public, nonprofit organization which encourages understanding of China and the US among citizens of both countries. The Committee focuses its exchange, educational, and policy activities on international relations, economic development and management, governance and legal affairs, environmental and other global issues, mass communication, and education administration, by addressing issues with respect to the People’s Republic of China, the HKSAR, and Taiwan.
    • NCIV – National Council for International Visitors
      A membership network of individuals and community organizations in the United States, promotes bridging cultures and building mutually beneficial relationships through person to person international exchanges.
    • PTPI – People to People International
      Enhance international understanding and friendship through educational and cultural activities involving the direct exchange of ideas and experiences among people of different countries and diverse cultures.
    • SCI – Sister Cities International
      To create opportunities for citizens to explore other cultures through long-lasting community partnerships; build opportunities for economic and community development; and stimulate environments through which people learn, work, and solve problems together through varied municipal business, health, educational, and other professional and cultural exchange, training, and development programs.
    • The Asia Foundation
      A private, nonprofit, non-governmental organization working to advance the mutual interests of the US and the Asia-Pacific region. International exchanges serve The Foundation’s broader institutional and leadership development goals in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • WIC – Wo International Center
      Offers educational programs focusing on foreign languages and civilization studies in Japan, the People’s Republic of China, India, France, and Spain for secondary students in public and private schools. It receives students in Hawaii from countries such as Japan, China, French Polynesia, Germany, India, and Taiwan for study of the English language and American civilization.
    • WES – World Education Services, Inc.
      Facilitates the exchange of students and professionals through foreign credential evaluation. Designed to promote the understanding and recognition of foreign educational credentials. Provides information on educational systems through individual evaluations, research, publications, and workshop series.
    • WL – World Learning, Inc.
      A private voluntary organization administering social and economic development activities under U.S. government and international contracts and grants.
    • WorldTeach
      A private, nonprofit organization based at the Harvard Institute for International Development. Formed with the purpose of contributing to education in developing countries. It places volunteers as teachers of English as a Foreign and Second Language in countries which request assistance.
    • YFU – Youth for Understanding
      A private, nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to international understanding and world peace through exchange programs primarily for high school students in 50 countries.
    • Sector Specific Exchange

    • Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships
      In the conviction that a strong, free press is essential to the healthy functioning of a democracy, the late Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist and former managing editor of The Washington Post, conceived a program that would both impart American journalistic traditions and respond to worldwide interest in the dissemination of fair and accurate news.
    • AAM – American Association of Museums
      Dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards, and volunteers across the country to better serve the public.
    • AASCU – American Association of State Colleges and Universities
      A higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and university systems across the United States and Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
    • AAUW Foundation – American Association of University Women Educational Foundation
      Provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women, and fosters equity and positive societal change.
    • AFPC – American Foreign Policy Council
      To bring information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assist leaders in the former Soviet Union and other parts of the world in building democracies and market economies.
    • ALA – American Library Association
      Provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
    • Americans for the Arts
      A national organization for groups and individuals across the United States dedicated to advancing the arts and culture. Works with cultural organizations, arts and business leaders, and patrons to provide leadership, advocacy, visibility, professional development, research, and information that will advance support for the arts and culture in U.S. communities.
    • AAP – Association of American Publishers
      The principal trade association of the book publishing industry. AAP’s mandate covers both the general and the specific-broad issues important to all publishers as well as issues of specific concern to particular segments of the industry.
    • CCID – Community Colleges for International Development
      A consortium of more than 90 member and affiliate colleges from the United States, Canada, and six other countries. The expertise of the Consortium, of specific interest to overseas clients, is predominantly vocational/technical education and training.
    • Earthwatch Institute
      An international organization which supports scientific field research worldwide through its volunteers and scientists working together to improve our understanding of the planet.
    • ECOLOGIA – Ecologists Linked for Organizing Grassroots Initiatives and Action
      Training and exchange programs emphasize non-governmental organization (NGO) development and sustainability.
    • ECFMG – Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
      Has the responsibility of evaluating qualifications of graduates of foreign medical schools who seek entry into postgraduate medical education positions in the United States, and has an organizational commitment to promote excellence in international medical education.
    • IRG – Institute for Representative Government (E-mail: ifrg@aol.com )
      To provide professionally focused programs for parliamentarians of developing countries.
    • ICFJ – International Center for Foreign Journalists
      Established to improve the quality of journalism in nations where there is little or no tradition of independent journalism.
    • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
      Offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by supporting their research in any field of knowledge in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.
    • M-AAA – Mid-America Arts Alliance
      Transforms and builds communities by uniting people with the power of art.
    • NAS – National Academy of Sciences
      A private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare.
    • NCSS – National Council for Social Studies
      Engages and supports educators in strengthening and advocating for social studies, where social studies is defined as the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
      Provides an opportunity for students from different cultures to gain some practical experience of Museology through the Peggy Guggenheim Studentship Program located in Venice, Italy.
    • Soros Foundation Network
      The various independent foundations, programs, and institutions established and supported by philanthropist George Soros share a common goal: to foster the development of open societies around the world, particularly in the previously communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
    • AIA – The American Institute of Architects
      The professional society of architects and has been for over 140 years. Dedicated to the success of the profession, AIA works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments.
    • The Commonwealth Fund
      A philanthropic foundation with the broad charge to enhance the common good. The fund carries out this mandate through its efforts to help Americans live healthy and productive lives and to assist specific groups with serious and neglected problems.
    • ITI/US – The International Theater Institute of the United States
      Founded “to promote the exchange of knowledge and practice in the theatre arts”. The mandate of its 92 centers throughout the world is to tighten the bonds between theatres of all nations, improve their understanding of one another, and reinforce their artistic and spiritual alliances.
    • The Tibet Fund
      A private, nonprofit organization which administers grants and support projects and advances its mission by: supporting and strengthening the Tibetan Refugee community in India, Nepal, and elsewhere; providing educational and information materials and events about Tibet and Tibetan culture, religion, history, and arts; offering scholarships and cultural exchange programs; and coordinating international humanitarian and educational assistance efforts.
    • USAFMC – U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress
      A nonprofit, educational, research, and social organization. The Association promotes improved public understanding of the role of Congress as a unique institution as well as the crucial importance of representative democracy as a system of government, both domestically and internationally.
    • United States Conference of Mayors
      The official nonpartisan organization of cities. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
    • William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences
      Established in response to the needs of Vietnam veterans, the Center explores the consequences and lingering effects of war through research on issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, veterans advocacy, education, and the promotion and support of artistic expression.
    • Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development
      A private, nonprofit organization that works with people to build a better world by increasing agricultural productivity and rural employment while protecting the environment.
    • Research/ Support Organizations

    • AACTE – American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
      The Association encourages member involvement in international teacher education, develops activities with a global/international focus for the AACTE Annual Meeting, encourages the network of interested members in conjunction with the Special Study Group on Global/International Education, and selects the recipient for the Best Practice Award for Global and International Teacher Education.
    • AAUP – American Association of University Professors
      The only national organization exclusively representing the interests of college and university faculty members.
    • ACTFL – American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
      Promotes the study of foreign languages and cultures as an integral component of American education and society. This is the only national organization representing teachers of all levels of education.
    • AHA – American Historical Association
      Serves to history professionals (defined as individuals with graduate degrees or some formal training in history) who practice history either in teaching or research or both.
    • ASA – American Studies Association
      Members including persons concerned with American culture, teachers and other professionals whose interests extend beyond their specialty, faculty and students associated with American Studies programs in universities, colleges, and secondary schools, museum directors and librarians interested in all segments of American life, public officials, and educators concerned with the broadest aspects of education.
    • Asia Society
      A leading American institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific.
    • The Aspen Institute
      An international nonprofit educational institution dedicated to enhancing the quality of leadership through informed dialogue. It convenes men and women who represent diverse viewpoints and backgrounds from business, labor, government, the arts, and the nonprofit sector.
    • AAUP – The Association of American University Presses
      A cooperative, nonprofit organization of university presses. The Association promotes the work and influence of university presses, provides cooperative marketing efforts, and helps its members respond to the changing economic environment.
    • The Brookings Institution
      An independent, nonpartisan research organization seeking to improve the performance of American institutions, the effectiveness of government programs, and the quality of U.S. public policies. It addresses current and emerging policy challenges and offers practical recommendations for dealing with them, expressed in language that is accessible to policy makers and the general public alike.
    • CSIS – Center for Strategic and International Studies
      A public policy research institution dedicated to analysis and policy impact. CSIS is the only institution of its kind that maintains resident experts on all the world’s major geographical regions. It also covers key functional areas, such as international finance, U.S. domestic and economic policy, and U.S. foreign policy and national security issues.
    • The Center for Quality Assurance in International Education
      A policy organization serving as a focal point for discussion and collaboration within the US and between the US and other country associations concerned with issues of quality, access and fairness in the international mobility of students, scholars, and professionals; the credentialing and recognition of programs; and sustaining quality-assured international education linkages.
    • Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America
      A national federation of business organizations, including local chambers of commerce, trade, professional associations, and companies. The world’s largest business federation representing an underlying membership of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
    • Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.
      One of the leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the understanding of international relations and U.S. foreign policy. Members include nearly all past and present U.S. Presidents, secretaries of state, defense, and treasury, other senior U.S. government officials, renowned scholars, and major leaders of business, media, human rights, and other non-governmental organizations.
    • The Conference Board
      A nonprofit, non-advocacy organization, the premier business membership and research network worldwide, linking executives from different companies, industries and countries. The Board’s twofold purpose is to improve the business enterprise system and to enhance the contribution of business to society.
    • The Ford Foundation
      The Foundation goals are to strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation; and advance human achievement. The Foundation makes loans or grants that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks.
    • FPA – Foreign Policy Association
      To serve as catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinions on U.S. foreign policy and global issues.
    • GATE – The Global Alliance for Transnational Education
      An alliance of business, higher education, and government dedicated to principled advocacy for transnational educational programs.
    • The Heritage Foundation
      A research and educational institute whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
    • IERF – International Education Research Foundation
      A nonprofit foundation whose mission is to research and disseminate information on world educational systems, and to facilitate the integration of people educated outside the United States into the U.S. educational system and workforce. IERF carries out its mission primarily through its Credential Evaluation Service, publications and grants.
    • ILI – International Law Institute
      Trains public and private sector officials from developing countries and new market economies to manage their organizations more effectively and to negotiate on an equal footing with foreign investors, multilateral organizations, contractors, and suppliers.
    • IMDI – International Management and Development Institute
      A nonprofit educational institute promoting government-business dialogue and cooperation covering international trade, finance, economic, and foreign policy issues.
    • ITIC – The International Tax and Investment Center
      An independent nonprofit research and education foundation with offices in Russia, Kazakhstan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Serves as a clearinghouse for tax and investment policy information, transferring western taxation and investment know-how to improve the investment climate of transition countries, thereby spurring business formation and economic prosperity.
    • MLA – Modern Language Association of America
      A nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study and teaching of language and literature. The MLA publishes books and journals; arranges an annual convention; assists job seekers and hiring departments; develops MLA style; and sponsors committees that oversee association activities.
    • NASPAA – National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
      An international membership organization which exists to promote excellence in public service education. Membership includes 240 U.S. university programs in public affairs, public policy, public administration, and nonprofit management.
    • NEA – National Education Association
      The United States’ largest professional employee organization with the mission to restore public confidence in education. The association seeks a quality education for each child in safe schools where children can learn basic skills, practice values and prepare for jobs.
    • NCSL – The National Council of State Legislators
      A bipartisan organization dedicated to serving the lawmakers and staffs of the nation’s 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. A source for research, publications, consulting services, meetings and seminars.
    • NFLC – National Foreign Language
      An independent policy and research institution. Its international mission is to contribute to the improvement of U.S. capacity for cross-cultural communication, particularly in languages other than English.
    • National Humanities Center
      A privately incorporated, independent institute for advanced study in the humanities, exists to encourage excellent scholarship and to affirm the importance of the humanities in American society.
    • NLC – National League of Cities
      Established by and for reform-minded state municipal leagues. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance.
    • OSI – Open Society Institute & Soros Foundation Network
      A private operating and grant-making foundation that seeks to promote the development and maintenance of open societies around the world by supporting a range of programs in the areas of educational, social, and legal reform, and by encouraging alternative approaches to complex and often controversial issues.
    • Organization of American Historians
      The largest professional society for the investigation, study, and teaching of American history. Its members include college and university professors; archivists; curators and other public historians; teachers and students; and institutional subscribers such as libraries; museums, and history-related organizations.
    • Sabre Foundation, Inc.
      Works to build free institutions and to examine the ideals that sustain them. Sabre’s Book Donation Program distributes new donated books, CD-ROMS, videos, and other educational materials through partner organizations overseas. In keeping with the mission to meet the information needs of individuals in developing countries, Sabre also provides training in Internet and related information technologies to individuals at its headquarters in Cambridge, MA, and as funding permits, at sites overseas.
    • SIETAR International – Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research
      An interdisciplinary professional and service organization whose purpose is to implement and promote cooperative interactions and effective communications among people of diverse cultures, races, and ethnic groups. Its objective is to encourage the development and application of knowledge, values, and skills which enable effective intercultural, interracial, and inter-ethnic relations to take place at the individual, group, organization, and community levels.
    • SSRC – Social Science Research Council
      An independent, nonprofit organization composed of social and behavioral scientists and humanists from all over the world. The SSRC encourages scholars in different disciplines to work together on topical, conceptual and methodological issues that can benefit from interdisciplinary and international collaboration.
    • TESOL – Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.
      Articulates and advances standards for professional preparation, continuing education, and student programs; links groups worldwide to enhance communication among language specialists; produces high quality programs, services, and products; and promotes advocacy to further the profession.
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