Chinese Students & Scholars Association


CSSACSSA - Chinese Students & Scholars Association (中国学生学者联合(谊)会) - is the world's largest organization for Chinese students and scholars who are overseas. Today, CSSA has a chapter in every university outside China with a sizable contingent of Chinese students and "scholars."

Officially, CSSA exists to welcome students and scholars arriving from China, help them settle in, provide them with a supportive social network, and organize events to celebrate Chinese festivals.

Unofficially, CSSA is the tentacle of the Chinese Communist Party through which it reaches into foreign universities to:

Each CSSA chapter is financially supported by a Chinese embassy or consulate, which works behind the scenes to handpick CSSA's leaders and regularly meets with them.

The Chinese Communist Party's other major tentacle into foreign universities is the Confucius Institute