most medium- or large-sized American campuses there is an organization
of students (and, if relevant, scholars) from China. It may
be called the Chinese Student Association, the name used here.
It may have some other name instead, often including the word “friendship.”
Chinese Student Associations (CSAs) provide many services
for their members, usually including transportation for new
students arriving at the airport, train station, or bus station.
CSAs typically have web sites that include information for
newcomers. CSAs sponsor social activities and serve as a link
between students and scholars on the campus and Chinese embassy
or consular officials.
You will want to contact
the CSA before leaving
China to find out what information they offer about your campus
and what services they can offer you.
Keep in mind that CSAs are not official college or university
organizations. Some are better organized and more helpful than
others. Some provide more complete and accurate information
and a wider range of services than others. Use your own judgment
to decide how much involvement you want with the CSA at your