Event Details

Seminar Description

During this two-day seminar, Yale Professor Grace Kao, Chair of Sociology, will draw on her research into large data sets to share insights on how Chinese students can thrive and succeed at US high schools and universities. This seminar will:

  • Provide an overview of high school and university education in the US;
  • Explore how schools and families can help students thrive in the US;
  • Present challenges that Chinese / Asian students face in the US educational system;
  • Illustrate how best to take advantage of education in the US to help adolescents develop into adults with meaningful careers; and
  • provide an opportunity to hear the story of a Yale alumna who serves as an alumni interviewer for Yale College.

In addition, Professor Kao will give a brief introduction about the field of sociology in the era of big data for participants who are interested in studying sociology in the future.

Who should attend

  • Student of all levels who are interested in attending US high schools or universities
  • Parents
  • Teachers & educators from international schools or international divisions of public schools
  • Educational consultants
  • Others who are interested


Day One: Overview of US High School & Universities

09:30-10:45 | Introduction to Sociology, Theory & Methods, Philosophy of Education

11:00-12:15 | High School in the US, Transition from High School to University in the US

12:15-13:45 | Lunch & Discussion: Differences Between the US & Chinese Educational Systems

14:00-15:15 | University in the US

15:30-16:45 | Discussion: How Do Schools & Families Shape Schooling Outcomes?

Day Two: Challenges: Race, Ethnic, & Immigrant Differences in Education

Transition to Adulthood

09:30-10:45 | Race, Ethnicity, & Immigrant Differences in Education in the US

11:00-12:15 | Educational Outcomes of Chinese & Asian Americans

12:15-13:45 | Lunch & Discussion: How does schooling affect people's lives & careers?

14:00-15:15 | Transition to Adulthood in the US

15:30-16:45 | Transition to Adulthood in East Asia

17:00-17:30 | Carol Li Rafferty '00: Studying in the US & What Makes Yale Unique

17:30-18:00 | Certificate Granting & Closing Ceremony


  • Regular: ¥6,800
  • Early-bird (Payment by April 30): ¥5,800
  • Participant of YCB's Past Programs: ¥5,800
  • Groups of 3 or More: ¥4,800
  • Student (with Valid ID): ¥4,800

To qualify for the student rate, please upload a scanned copy of your valid student ID.

Each participant's fee include:

  • Access to all sessions for one (1) participant
  • Seminar materials
  • Simultaneous interpretation
  • Lunches & refreshments
  • Certificate of attendance from Yale Center Beijing

The participation fee does not include accommodations or transportation.

All fees are non-refundable.


English, with simultaneous translation into Chinese.


Patrick Deng

+86 135 2268 5724


  • Grace Kao (IBM Professor & Chair of Sociology,  Faculty Director of Educational Studies at Yale University)

    Grace Kao

    IBM Professor & Chair of Sociology, Faculty Director of Educational Studies at Yale University

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  • 李恩祐 (总经理 at 耶鲁北京中心)


    总经理 at 耶鲁北京中心

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RMB 6,800
Early Bird
Early Bird Price RMB 5,800
Participant of Yale Center Beijing's past programs
RMB 5,800
Groups of 3 or More
RMB 4,800
RMB 4,800

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