Chinese Students & Scholars Association


CSSAChinese Students & Scholars Association (中国学生学者联合(谊)会) or "CSSA" is the world's largest organization for Chinese students and scholars who are overseas. Today, CSSA has a chapter in all universities 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.