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China Values and Virtues

Visiting Students Program

The Visiting Student Program offers eight awards per year to support Chinese students for an academic year of courses in Western philosophy with a focus on values and virtues. Eight students per year will be placed at four American institutions: the University of Notre Dame, Baylor University, Calvin College, and Hope College. We reserve the right to assign students to the various universities/colleges. All successful candidates are to be in residence from mid-August until the end of May. This is not a dissertation research program; visiting students are expected to take at least three courses per semester. The Visiting Student Program will cover airfare, insurance, fees, books, room and board. The goal is to give future Chinese professors a deeper acquaintance with the Western philosophical tradition and its approaches to values and virtues. Because host universities lack the staff to make appropriate arrangements, the program prohibits spouses from accompanying visiting students during their year of study. See Alumni Testimonies and Alumni Advice.

Program Completed through 2012/13: Applications No Longer Accepted


Letter of Introduction

Tell us about your background, education, career goals and how you think a year of study in the United States might assist you. Please include a recent photograph of yourselfEmail letter and photo to Nellie Kooistra ( by September 21, 2011. (Note: ".rar" attachments will not be accepted by the college.)

Essay Test

You will be given an essay test on September 25, 2011. The test will be conducted in an exam-like atmosphere: in a classroom with no access to secondary literature or internet. We assess your English skills, ability to understand an argument, and critical skills. Your exam will be typed, collected, and returned to us by the proctor of the exam. Your university’s representative will notify you of the time and location of the exam. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. If a test is plagiarized, all of the candidates from that institution will be disqualified. See Proctoring Instructions


Interviews will be held for selected candidates either at their home university or by telephone. Interviews will be conducted October 21-23, 2011.

Successful applicants will be notified by November 15, 2011.

Interim Program Director: Christina Van Dyke, Department of Philosophy at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Email:

The Visiting Student Program Fellowships are generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation.


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Christina Van Dyke
Program Director
Department of Philosophy
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Nellie Kooistra
China Project Assistant