BOSSA & COSSA are China's distinctive associations for the professional practice of Chinese student recruitment. They are membership-based organizations made up of study abroad agencies, education agents and institutions.
BOSSA, The Beijing Overseas Study Service Association, was founded in 2004 in affiliation with Chinese governmental authorities. Now BOSSA's membership consists of 300 study abroad companies, recruitment agents, and institutional international departments, in Beijing and throughout greater China.
Initially serving Beijing-based education agencies until 2012, BOSSA launched its nationwide association known as COSSA, the China Overseas Study Service Alliance.
Its CEAC agent training program, in conjunction with ICEF and the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources, launched in 2014. The CEAC China Education Agent Course has graduated over 1,000 certified individual counselors.
BOSSA’s purpose is to train, guide, and evaluate education agencies according to both governmental policies and internationalized industry standards. BOSSA & COSSA agency members account for a significant amount of outbound Chinese student exchanges worldwide.
BOSSA's internal management is entirely operated by third party independent staff, and not agents. Every manager is of senior expertise in China international education.
BOSSA’s International Department manages the International Membership Association and International Services, and has served nearly 100 overseas (non-Chinese) educators and service providers with agent matchmaking, private events, promotions, and strategic partner searching.
To know more about BOSSA & COSSA Member Agencies, and Best Practices for Engagement, click: Working with Agents
30% of all outbound Chinese students employed a BOSSA/COSSA registered member agency in 2017-18.