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Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2014

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2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, Henan, Explore Kongfu


Click to Download 2014 Summer Camp Application forms:  

 For students

 For Chaperon


Chinese Bridge is one of the programs run by Confucius Institute headquarters in Beijing. It offers summer and winter camps for American high school students.

The summer camp has been run annually  for 8 years. Students and teachers participate in activities such as visiting schools in China, participating in interactive cultural events, visiting historical relics in Beijing, and travelling to other provinces. The experience is both exciting and unforgettable. In 2011, student participants from Norton High School in Chicago were even invited to visit the Chinese president’s office and meet with President Hu Jintao.

2014 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students will be held in China from 17th July to 1st August. This year, the Confucius Institute Headquarters would like to invite 800 American high school students and chaperons to participate in the summer camp. The trip will include a visit to Beijing as well as one of 10-30 other locations in China. During the summer camp, students will be grouped to go to different provinces or cities to attend Chinese language classes and experience Chinese culture. The Confucius Institute headquarters will be responsible for all cost in China including food, accommodation, traveling and group activities. Students and chaperons will be responsible for international flight expense, international travel insurance, domestic travel expense in home country, visa application fees and so on, estimated amount under $2500 per student.

The route that students are going to take is: 1. Arrive in Beijing and visit some sites there. 2. Travel to one of the 10 listed provinces or municipalities: Tianjin, Henan, Shandong, Hunan, Zhejiang, Yunnan, Jilin. 3. Go back to Beijing and come back to America.

The activities that they are going to participate in include language classes, cultural experiences, school visits, peer work with Chinese

high school students, and sightseeing.

All students and chaperons should meet the following criteria:

  • Students:

1. American citizen;

2. High school students (including current high students, high school graduates and junior

high graduates); age between 14 and 18; grades from 9 to 12;

3. Non-Chinese speaking background and less than three years of Chinese learning


4. Have great interests in Chinese language and culture;

5. Healthy for international travel.

  • Chaperons:

1. Respect and understand Chinese culture;

2. Good at communication and adaptable to new environments;

3. Has experience with teaching K-12;

4. Highly experienced in student management;

5. Healthy for international travel;

6. Under 50 years old.

  • Chaperons also need to perform the following duties:

1. Assist Confucius Institutes/Classrooms in pre-departure training for students;

2. Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with requirements;

3. Take the primary responsibilities for the safety of students during summer camp;

4. Help students adapt the environment and provide guidance for them;

5. Accompany students in emergency situation and provide help to contact their families;

6. Collect students’ feedbacks and hand in reports to Confucius Institutes/Classrooms.


Summer Camp Information Session Schedule and Location:

Session 1: Feb. 18th, 5:00 p.m.; Session 2: Feb. 25th, 5:00 p.m.; March 4th, 5:00 p.m.

Confucius Institute Conference Room, University Libraries 15 Lippitt Road,

Kingston, RI 02881-2011.

On site information session will be arranged on demand.


Application Deadline March 8th.

Please send completed application form and recommendation letters to:

Qian Xie, coordinator of Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island

Mailing address: 60 Upper College Rd. Swan Hall RM 112, Kingston, RI

For enquires please email:, or call 401-87404791

More information about the summer camp can be found on official site:


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