China 1+2+1 is a dual degree program offered through a cooperation with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Center for International Education Exchange (CCIEE). Students in participating Chinese universities have the opportunity to apply to study at member US state universities. George Mason is partnered with 25 universities across China and recruits students from these universities in 15 different undergraduate majors. For the first year, students in the program take classes at their home university in China. The following two (to three) years are spent at Mason taking courses in their major and the final year is spent back at the Chinese home university. After completing all course requirements from both universities, students graduate with two degrees – one from their Chinese university and one from Mason.

More than 400 Chinese students have come to George Mason University under this program since 2005, making it the university’s largest and most successful dual degree program.