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Summer Camps

The Confucius Institute and the University Youth & Community Programs have worked together for a number of years to offer Chinese language and culture camps. For summer 2018 we will be offering two Chinese language camps through the Kids' University camp program.

Kids' University camps combine approximately two to three hours of academic enrichment a day, introducing the fascinating worlds of agriculture, language, math or science in a format that focuses on fun. The rest of the day is spent playing sports or games, swimming, rock climbing, and exploring the many facets of the University of Minnesota, resulting in a great, well-rounded experience.

Explore Chinese Language and Culture

Discover how fun it is to learn Chinese! This summer, campers will try their hand at traditional Chinese crafts such as paper cutting, knot tying, and painting. Impress friends and family by learning Chinese greetings! Then get your groove on with physical activities including taiqi quan, kung fu, and jianzi. Mark your calendars and get ready to say goodbye to boredom and ni hao to the excitement of exploring Chinese language and culture!

Passport to China (immersion and non-immersion offerings)
Experience all of the fun of visiting China with none of the jetlag! Campers will experience China's society and culture by taking virtual visits to the Great Wall in Beijing, the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the Kunming's Stone Forest and Chengdu, the "Panda Capital of the World." Campers will learn Chinese as they explore each destination's unique geography, historical sites, local delicacies, and its people. Buckle up, because at Passport to China, a summer of adventure is about to take off!


July 9 - 13, 2018


July 16 - 20, 2018

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This summer, CIUMN offered an “Explore Chinese Language and Culture” camp and three “Passport to China” camps, including one for immersion students. Our four camp offerings were open to youth ages 6 to 11. Camps took place the week of July 11-14 and July 17-21. These camps are offered in collaboration with the University Youth & Community Programs to provide Chinese language camps through Kids’ University, a summer camp program that offers participants the chance to spend time learning about a specific academic topic while exploring the University of Minnesota.

Our most popular camp, Passport to China, taught Chinese language and culture through learning about a variety of China’s unique cities. This year our campers "traveled" to Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin and Chengdu and visited famous landmarks in China such as the Great Wall, Summer Palace, the Bund, and the Li Jiang River. Both camps were filled with fun and active activities like dancing, singing, kungfu, jianzi, play-doh projects, character writing, and art projects like papercuts, painting, and mask-making.


Summer Chinese language camps this year took place from July 11-15 and July 18-22. Our first week of camp offerings included Explore Chinese Language and Culture for youth ages 6-8 and Immersion: Passport to China for ages 6-8. Our second week of camps included the offering of Passport to China for ages 6-8 and 9-11.

Students in our Explore Chinese Language and Culture camp learned greetings, family member names, numbers, colors,  animals, and body parts through songs, group activities, and crafts. Highlights from this camp included learning how to use chopsticks, learning how to write Chinese characters and playing jianzi (Chinese hacky-sack).

Students in our Passport to China camps had the opportunity to virtually travel to China and visit Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming and Chengdu. Every day students had an opportunity to learn about each city’s geography, famous attractions and local specialties. Students ended each day of camp with journaling about their day in their passports and taking a photo using a backdrop from a local attraction. Highlights from this camp include making a Play-Doh replica of the great wall, making Chinese papercuts, and learning how to use chopsticks.


Example of Journal Pages:

Day One: Beijing




Day Two: Shanghai




Day Three: Kunming




Day Four: Chengdu



To learn more about the Chinese summer camps and to register, please visit the University Youth & Community Programs website.