AASA Discover China Program


Each year, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, selects excellent U.S. school district administrators and principals to participate in the AASA Discover China program. The delegates travel to China to visit K-12 schools, local education agencies and state education departments, to observe classes, demonstrate teaching skills and engage in a variety of activities. The program also provides a platform for the participants of both countries to share their experience and views on the topics of common interest, such as school administration and teaching methodology. The topics for discussions cover issues such as exchanges of teachers and students and the establishment of sister school’s relations.

The Discover China is a program jointly sponsored by AASA and Triway International Group.


 The delegation provides an opportunity to:

  • Visit K–12 schools in 2-3 cities, meet with different levels of educators, observe classes,and interact with students;
  • Establish meaningful partnerships with Chinese schools;
  • Learn and Network with U.S. colleagues;
  • Attend presentations on best practices and gather resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs.


Duration: Saturday, June 22, 2019 — Wednesday, July 3, 2019 

Who is eligible?

Selection priority will be given to:

K-12 superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals and other education leaders actively seeking to develop new and expand existing Chinese programs in their schools. Participants are expected to be actively involved in, and able to speak about, their institution's efforts to build or expand a Chinese language and cultural program. 

We accept multiple applicants from the same school district.

Note: All applications are subject to individual review and approval. 

Cost to delegates

Participants are responsible for:

  • $950 per person: Your share of contribution to hotel and meal costs, ground transportation and sightseeing tickets. (Triway and AASA will contribute to the rest as part of the mission) 
  • Visa application fee ($140) 
  • International travel to Beijing and return from Shanghai (Varies by destination location and booking time, ~$1,000 - $1,500)

What is included?

Hotel accommodations, ground transportation, group meals, visits to cultural and historical sites. 

Do I need a passport?

Yes! Delegates are required to have a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity from the date of departure Note: If you do not have a valid passport, please obtain one immediately. For more information, please visit the U.S. Passport page.

How can I apply to join the Delegation?



For additional information, contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org or 571.721.9585