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"Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp for High School Students

Summer 2015

Students doing calligraphy   Students in ethnic dress  Group of students in Beijing


Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture experiencing activity sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban with the cooperation of the Confucius Institutes in U.S. The program aims at enhancing Sino-U.S. youth exchanges, deepening high school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota (CIUMN) is accepting application packets from all schools in Minnesota. All of the applications (students and teacher chaperones) need to come from teachers. CIUMN does not accept individual students’ applications. CIUMN will select and forward the highest qualified applications of students and teacher chaperones to the Confucius Institute Headquarters for admission into the program.

CIUMN will be responsible for arranging visa and travel insurance for the group All students and teacher chaperones accepted to the program must participate in a mandatory pre-departure orientation held in June. Participating schools must require students and parents to sign a code of conduct agreement as well as Hanban’s waiver prior to departure.


7/16–7/31 to Beijing and a second province (to be announced)

The students will be assigned to one of the seven following provinces. Hanban makes the selection, not the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota.

A. Discover China: Chinese History, Shandong or Zhejiang Province
B. Discover China: Chinese Ethnic Minorities, Jilin or Guangxi Province
C. Discover China: Folk Arts, Beijing, Heilongjiang or Jiangsu Province
D. Discover China: Chinese Kung Fu, Henan Province

7/15 Group departure from Minneapolis/St. Paul
7/16 Arrive Beijing
7/17 Culture Activities in Beijing
7/18-27 Travel to a different province/city in groups. Take Chinese language and culture classes, participate in sight-seeing, communicate with Chinese students and their families (day visit, no overnight stay at host families)
7/28-30 Sightseeing opportunities, YCT (Youth Chinese Test), and closing ceremony in Beijing
7/31 Group departure from Beijing, will arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul the same day

During the 2014 summer program, students sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute were assigned to Guangxi province. Please download the 2014 sample program for more information.


Chinese language and culture instruction will occur during the visit to the province. The 2015 program will be available in May. Learn more by reviewing last year’s program.

Activities will include:


Students will be housed in double-occupancy rooms. All rooms will be equipped with telephone, air conditioning, bathroom with hot and cold water (available at least 8 hours per day). Public laundry facilities and public lounge are also provided. A dormitory curfew will be enforced. Lodging locations will provide a public-use computer with free internet access, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, and health clinic. Food service will be provided, with meals suitable to Western tastes, and to meet the needs of vegetarians and those with other dietary restrictions.


Students and teacher chaperones are responsible for the cost of international airfare to Beijing and a program fee that will cover their Chinese visas (if applicable), travel insurance and materials for pre-departure orientation. CIUMN will arrange to apply for group Chinese visas and find international airfare (students and teachers will pay the travel agency separately). Students are responsible for completing their visa applications and send the applications together with passports to CIUMN. Passports will be distributed at the pre-departure orientation.

Chaperones are also responsible for the cost of international airfare to Beijing, their Chinese visa, as well as health and travel insurance. CIUMN suggests that participating schools use school funds or charge participating students a fee to cover the chaperones’ out of pocket costs associated with this trip.

All lodging, meals, tuition, materials, culture activities, sight-seeing and transportation within China will be covered by the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp program.

Student Eligibility

Chaperone Eligibility

Chaperones may not be parents of student participants and may not bring their spouse, child, or other family members on this program.

Chaperones are expected to

If Chaperone whom Confucius/Classroom selected commits serious dereliction of duty we will suspend the Confucius/Classroom’s eligibility to participate in the next year’s summer camp


3/2 Deadline for schools to submit completed applications for students and chaperones to CIUMN
4/15 Confucius Institute Headquarters will announce participants (maybe subject to change based on Hanban response)
5/15 All completed Chinese visa applications and passport due to CIUMN (or one month after Hanban’s announcement)>
6/9 Pre-Departure Orientation

Complete school application packets should be submitted to

Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota
160 University International Center
331-17th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Application Documents

Past Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How much are the out-of-pocket costs?

A: The cost is largely dependent on the cost of airfare, which can be as high as between $1,800-$2,500 in summer time. The cost of Chinese visa, travel insurance, and orientation materials will be between $250 and $300. Student may bring some extra money to buy gifts or souvenirs.

2. What kind of students do you select?

A: All students that meet the eligibility are welcome to apply through their teachers. CIUMN does not discriminate against race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Students need to have prior Chinese learning experience. Preference may be given to: 1) Confucius Classroom students, or 2) Students who have taken HSK/YCT examination before.

3. How many teacher chaperones will there be on this trip?

A: The studen-to-chaperone ratio is 10:1. CIUMN will try its best to accommodate all students so that there is one chaperone from each of the participating schools. In the past we have been able to send 4 chaperones for 30 students, but this is not guaranteed and is subject to Hanban’s policy.

4. Can my school apply if there are fewer than 10 students?

A: Yes, you may apply if your school has fewer than 10 students. You may be asked to take on additional students to chaperone on a voluntary basis.

5.Can my students apply if I, their teacher, do not go with them?

A: It is strongly discouraged that a school sends students without a teacher chaperone from the school. Prior approval from the school and the CIUMN is needed for these students to apply. The teacher is still responsible for submitting all students’ applications. These students will only only be accepted if there is a teacher chaperone who agrees to take them on as his/her chaperoned students.

6. As a parent, can I submit my child(ren)’s application directly to the Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota?

A: CIUMN does not accept individual applications. If your child would like to apply, s/he should contact his/her school and have a Chinese language teacher or a current school teacher submit the application. We do not accept students with no prior Chinese language instruction.

7. I would like to go to China early or stay behind after the camp. Is that allowed?

A: Non-program travel is not permitted, and all students and teacher chaperones must travel together to and from China.

8. What kind of medical information do you require?

A: On the application there will be general information about health status and medication and/or allergy information. CIUMN will follow up with each individual family if there is a concern and may request support letters from a physician or therapist.

9. If I have been on the Chinese Bridge camp before, can I apply again?

A: No, previous Chinese Bridge Summer Camp participants are not allowed to reapply.