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RSVP: 2016 Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony

proficiency award

The Fourth Annual Chinese Proficiency Award Ceremony on October 8, 2016, will recognize Minnesota students with successful performances on the 2016 Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese proficiency test, Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL), and/or the STAMP Proficiency Assessment.

Invited students and families can RSVP to the event here before September 30, 2016.


Register Now for the HSK and HSKK Public Exams

Date: Sunday, October 16
Registration deadline: Friday, October 7
Location: University of Minnesota, East bank

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Confucius Institute Day 2016

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota welcomed over 150 guests to a day of martial arts-themed fun at its annual Confucius Institute Day festivities on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The morning activity was a martial arts demonstration by The Shaolin School and Boynton Health Services' David Phipott. Guests visited the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Memorial Auditorium Plaza to observe the performers and participate in demonstrations to learn moves of their own. Guests also enjoyed a variety of Chinese snacks and tea from event sponsor Chatime. The first 200 attendees recieved Confucius Institute Day T-shirts.

In the afternoon, guests attended a showing of “The Grandmaster” inside Northrop Auditorium’s Best Buy Theatre. The Oscar-nominated film, directed by Hong Kong native Kar-Wai Wong, depicts the life story of Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher and delighted the audience with its nonstop action.

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2016 Youth Campers Explore Chinese Language and Culture


This summer's youth camps were held July 11-15 and July 18-22, 2016, and included three different program offerings: Explore Chinese Language and Culture (ages 6-8), Passport to China (ages 6-8 and 9-11), and Immersion: Passport to China (ages 6-8).

Students in Explore Chinese Language and Culture camp learned basic Chinese phrases and participated in cultural crafts and games, while students in the Passport to China program spent their week learning about four Chinese cities. Read more about the programs here.


2016-2017 K-12 Cultural
Access Mini Grant

CIUMN's Mini Grant application is now open. Funding can be used to support cultural activities and to purchase cultural for instructural purposes.

Applications are due October 1, 2016. Apply now!

2016 NSLI-Y Shanghai Program Particiapants participate in a Education USA event

Invited by the U.S. Embassy in Shanghai, 5 NSLI-Y students participated in a panel sharing their U.S. education experiences.
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