Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students

This camp is sponsored by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), and is offered in cooperation with various Confucius Institutes in the U.S. It provides American high school students an opportunity to experience Chinese language and culture during the summer.

2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

Dates: July 17(Thursday)—August 1 (Friday), 2014

Locations: Beijing plus one city to be assigned by Hanban, in one of the following provinces:  Tianjin, Henan, Shandong, Hunan, Zhejiang, Yunnan,  Jilin

Participants: 700 total from throughout the United States; approximately 10 students plus 1 teacher chaperone per Confucius Institute

Eligibility—Students: Grade 9-12 (including rising 9th graders and new high school graduates), ages 14-18, U.S. passport holders whose native language is not Chinese, with no more than 3 years of experience in studying Chinese language and culture. Physically fit for international travel.

Eligibility—Teachers: experienced Chinese language teachers in grades K-12 who understand and respect Chinese culture, competent in student management, responsible and able to lead/manage a student group on an overseas trip.  Skilled in adapting to unfamiliar environments; skilled communicator; physically fit for international travel.

Chaperone responsibilities: assist Confucius Institute with pre-departure briefing for students; participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with all requirements set by the Chinese hosts; take primary responsibility for the safety of students during the summer camp; help students adapt and provide guidance; accompany students in emergency situations and help to contact their families; collect student feedback and make a written report upon conclusion of the camp to the Confucius Institute.


1. Welcome and orientation (about 2 hours)

2. Chinese language classes (20% of program). Students will be placed in classes of no more than 15, depending on Chinese language level. These classes will be taught by experienced Chinese teachers, using textbooks that comply with YCT standards.

3. Theme-based experience and research (40% of program). Students will conduct various experiencing and research activities based on the themes of the Summer Camp and unique local features of the province.

4. Cultural interaction and experience (20% of program). Visiting local middle schools to talk to Chinese students, a home-stay of at least 1 day, sports activities with local students, etc.

5. Sightseeing (20%)

6. Final test: Take the YCT test before the end of the Summer Camp, and earn a certificate.

Cost: Students and chaperones are responsible for their international travel expenses from Honolulu to Beijing, travel insurance, and visa application fee. All costs while in Beijing, including meals, lodging, transportation, activities, and domestic airfare will be covered by the host (medical expenditures excluded).

Deadline for application: March 9, 2014

Mail application packet to: Prof. Qikeng Li, Confucius Institute-U Hawaii at Manoa,
1890 East-West Rd., Moore Hall 417,
Honolulu, HI 96822

Questions: Prof. Qikeng Li; Office 808-944-7256, Cell 808-852-8999. Email:

Tentative Itinerary

Date Activities
July 18 Arrive in Beijing
July 19 Opening ceremony, China info
July 19-29 Go to another province for tour, study and exchange
July 29-31 Review and exchange in Beijing
Aug 1 Depart for U.S.


Application form-chaperone

Application form-student