Office of World Languages
Chinese Cultural Exchange Program

Cultural Exchange
BCPS Participants 2016

In 2007, Baltimore County Public Schools entered into an exchange partnership with Xi’an Tie Yi (First Railway) High school, a top performing school of approximately 8,000 students in Xi'an, China.  The partnership involves students from each school district living with families in the community and attending school in the host country for a six to eight week period.

BCPS host families gain insight into the Chinese culture by hosting a Tie Yi student during January and February.  While in the United States, the Chinese students attend classes in their host family's school, and participate in BCPS planned trips to New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, the Baltimore Inner Harbor and Lancaster.

From mid-May to July, BCPS host students and teachers then travel to Xi'an and live with the student they hosted in the US.  Most days students attend school at Tie Yi. There they take English classes with Chinese students, and they also take special classes in Chinese language, art, cooking, music, Tai Chi and physical education.

Two days each week, the students take field trips to explore the ancient capital city of Xi'an, which is over 5000 years old. Xi'an's cultural heritage is especially rich because it was the terminal of China's ancient "Silk Road" which connected Europe and Asia for trade and cultural exchanges. It is also the home of the Terracotta Warriors.  As a transition on the return trip from China, students and teachers visit various historical and cultural sites in Beijing such as: The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, and The Muslim Market. 

Learn more about the program by attending one of the Information Nights

Below are all of the forms required for a complete application. To participate in this program, follow these instructions.


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