Visiting Scholar Program

As an exchange program, MPC is committed to providing opportunities for Chinese university professors to spend one or more semesters at a Mennonite college in North America. Professors are almost always language teachers from the foreign language departments of MPC partner universities in Sichuan. The program benefits both the community and university that hosts the scholars and the scholars and the universities that send them.

  • Since 1981 nearly 300 visiting professors have spent at least one semester at a Mennonite college in North America as exchange scholars.
  • Each year 8 to 10 persons participate in this program; scholars are either English teachers or members of a Foreign Affairs Office.
  • Visiting scholars are selected by MPC’s partner universities, with one or two teachers coming from each school.
  • The current program is for one academic semester, usually in the fall, and the program is hosted by MPC and Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
  • Visiting scholars audit several courses at Eastern Mennonite University. MPC arranges several hours each week for lectures and there are usually weekly field trips that focus on various aspects of American culture.
  • The program is funded by the visiting scholars and their host university in China.
  • The program includes travel to cities and places of cultural significance on the East Coast. Additional travel can sometimes be arranged with the help of MPC.
  • The MPC program remains in contact with visiting scholars after they return to China in order to continue friendship, strengthen cooperation with Foreign Language Departments, and pursue professional improvement in language teaching through joint publications and conferences.