- Short Term Program
The TBI public school short-term program is a 1-4-week educational program designed to help Chinese students experience the American education system. The program was created by TBI in partnership with U.S. public schools as an opportunity to introduce Chinese culture and global competency into your school community.
During the program American and Chinese students come together and learn through research, guest speakers, and cross-cultural activities. All Chinese students live with American families to better understand American culture. In exchange for hosting the program, public schools get the opportunity to send their students or faculty on a TBI trip to China during their summer or spring break free of cost.
- Program Goals:
The goals of the Tower Bridge International Short-Term Program are to:
- Give international students the opportunity to experience American high school and home life.
- Facilitate cultural exchange between U.S. and Chinese students by pairing students one-to-one during the program.
- Facilitate cultural activities at U.S. public schools such as Chinese New Year and Chinese cultural exhibitions.
- Allow U.S. students and teachers the ability to travel to China at no cost to experience school and life in China.
- During the Spring Festival program students can select from programs focusing on specific academic themes. All programs include a one to one Chinese to American student shadowing experience and local sightseeing and activities. All students will live with host families and observe U.S. classes throughout their stay. While celebrating the Spring Festival in the United States, students will bring Chinese culture to the local community. American and Chinese students will work together to plan and host a Chinese Spring Festival event. Students will present Chinese culture and activities as a volunteers, actors or dancers on the stage during the celebration.
How many schools have you worked with and can I contact one of them?
TBI has worked 60 middle and high schools on short-term programs and 5 different school districts on long term programs. We are happy for you to contact one of our partner schools. Please contact Tower Bridge International for a list of references.
What are the school's responsibility for hosting?
None. New Oasis will find and support host families before and during the program.
How many days of school will they attend and what time of year?
The exact days will vary from program to program, but on average students are at school for 5-15 days. Most programs will split time between having Chinese students shadow American students and having them participate in group activities. The school may need to supply an additional classroom or work space for student activities outside of shadowing American students.
Will you pay us for the use of our facilities?
In the spirit of cultural exchange, TBI’s nonprofit organization AIEF, has agreed to reimburse schools for the use of their facilities to ensure there is no major cost to the public school.
What are the expectations of the teachers?
For summer sessions teachers are expected to facilitate lesson plans and are given a subject matter and 1-day of prep time to develop lessons in teams. They are hired and compensated by TBI for lessons. For winter sessions, teachers can continue their regular curriculum and international students will shadow students in their classrooms. Teachers will not need to formally assess a student or give assignments. If there is a disciplinary issue, TBI staff will be on sight to help remedy the issue.
What are the students English level?
Most students joining the program will be middle or early high school age. This program is an ideal opportunity for them to test their English skills and reflect on their readiness to come to the United States for high school. Their English levels will vary from low to advanced, however TBI will interview each student who comes through the program to ensure they have basic communication skills.
Will there be a representative from TBI at the school?
Yes, we will have staff at the school when the students are in class.
What do we get out of it?
There are many benefits to running the short-term exchange program at your school. Some of the most important are:
Building cross cultural relationships between American and Chinese students
The ability to send a student/teacher to China (Spring Break or Summer) 3 week program is 10 visiting students generates 1 seat 2 week program is 15 visiting students to 1 seat 1 week program is 20 visiting students for 1 seat
International exposure for your school
Potential sister school partnerships
What happens if a student gets sick or hurt?
Our program will have emergency medical authorization for every student in the event of an emergency. If a student needs to go to the doctor or the hospital during the trip, our staff will assist to ensure the student gets the care they need and the natural parents are aware of everything that is going on.
How many students will be on our campus?
The number can vary depending on your school's capacity. Programs can be anywhere from 30-350 students. The number of students is largely up to the school’s available staffing and space.
My school is not SEVIS certified. What are the visa requirements for these students?
Since the students are only staying for a few weeks and will not be enrolled, they will enter the United States on a tourist visa. Our team in China will assist the students with the visa application process if needed.
Will the students have the necessary immunizations to come to the school?
TBI will work with students and families to ensure that all students arrive in the United States with the required immunizations.
Do domestic students have to pay to attend?
The program is free for American students except for off campus field trips.