Confucius Institute

2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students

2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students

Join us this summer for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students in China!

The two-week Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students is a large-scale event hosted by the Confucius Institute’s Headquarters, Hanban. Students will not only have the opportunity to see Beijing, the capital city of China. They will also have a chance to experience another historical city in China.

During the two-week Chinese Bridge Summer Camp, students will have Chinese language classes and culture classes where they will learn paper-cutting, calligraphy, brush painting, martial arts, and how to hold a Chinese tea ceremony. Students will also visit some of China’s most famous historical sites and areas of natural beauty. This year students will also take part in many other activities, including friendly basketball matches, international student get-togethers, and host family experiences.

Applicants must be students currently enrolled in accredited public or private high schools (grades 9-12, including rising 9th grade students). They must be U.S. citizens, in excellent academic standing, and have an interest in Chinese language and culture.

Mission Statement:

The mission of Chinese Bridge Summer Camp (CBSC) is to promote exchanges between the youth of China and the U.S. and to enhance high school students’ understanding of Chinese language and culture, thus to stimulate their further interest in learning about China.


Hanban (The Office of Chinese Language Council International) is the sponsor that organizes the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for high school students. The Confucius Institute (CI) at Cleveland State (CSU) recruits high schools students from across the Greater Cleveland area to take part in CBSC, and a member of the Institute accompanies students to China. The program has been very well-received by students all over the U.S., including those who have traveled with the CSU CI.


Dates of travel: July 17 – August 1, 2014
Application (online and paper application forms) and application fee deadline: March 7, 2014
Information session and deadline for payment of fees: May 17, 2014
Orientation: June 21, 2014


Arrival and Departure City: Beijing

Students will visit one other city while in China. This excursion will be planned by Hanban and the Confucius Institute, and all students will travel together. (The locations will be announced by Hanban in late June, 2014.)

Camp Activities:

  • Chinese language classes
  • Culture classes – paper-cutting, calligraphy, brush painting, tea ceremony, martial arts, etc.
  • Various sports and activities – friendly basketball matches, international student get-togethers, host family experiences, etc.
  • Visiting tourist sites and areas of natural beauty.
  • Daily itineraries and curricula are developed by schools and provincial departments of education and are first-rate.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Students currently enrolled in accredited public/private high schools who meet the following qualifications may apply:
  • Must be U.S. citizens
  • Must be in grades 9 to 12 (including rising 9th grade students), from 14 to 18 years old
  • Excellent academic record
  • Interested in Chinese language and culture
  • Physically capable of international travel
  • Must have studied Chinese for less than three years. Students with no experience studying Chinese will also be considered.
  • Holding a current US passport with at least 2 empty pages with an expiration date on or after February 1, 2015, or those able to obtain a US passport before April 1, 2014.

Application Procedure:

Applicants need to complete an online registration form (Form #1) by March 7, 2014.

Applicants must also type the application (Form #2) that is available online, then print and sign it. Applications must be submitted to the Confucius Institute no later than March 7, 2014.

Applicants are required to have a recommendation letter from their Chinese teachers or, if they have not previously studied Chinese, a letter from another appropriate teacher at their schools. Teachers can submit recommendation letters directly to the Confucius Institute.

All application forms and recommendation letters can be sent directly to:

Cleveland State University
Confucius Institute (attn: Miao Wang)
2485 Euclid Avenue
Julka Hall, Room 291
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Registration will not be considered complete until all forms and fees are submitted.

After students are accepted to the program, the following documents will be emailed to them. After reviewing all enclosed information, please type the forms, then print and sign them. Signed forms must be brought to the first orientation session on May 17, 2014.

Travel Information:

The Confucius Institute will acquire students’ visas and international air tickets. Students must provide the Confucius Institute with their passports (valid through February 1, 2015), 2 passport-sized pictures, and all fees in order to travel to China.


a) There will be a mandatory information session on May 17, 2014. During the information session, all forms and checks for international airfare and Chinese visa fees should be submitted. Basic information about the camp will be introduced to participants and their parents/guardians at this meeting. Students will also have an opportunity to get to know each other.

b) There will be a mandatory orientation on June 21, 2014 for students and parents/guardians. This is the only orientation before participants’ departure for Beijing. All detailed information about the camp will be provided at this meeting. Chinese visas and international air tickets will be ready by this date.


Costs that need to be paid by applicants include:

a) Application fee: a $200.00 non-refundable registration fee is due with applications on March 7, 2014. (Registration will not be considered complete until all forms and fees are submitted.)
b) A round-trip air ticket (approximately $2000-$2300). All students will travel together, and tickets will be arranged by the agent that works with Confucius Institute. Students are responsible for payment only, not booking tickets. The check should be sent to Confucius Institute by May 17,2014.
c) Visa to China (which will cost approximately $150-$250) . The Confucius Institute will work with the agent to obtain the visas for applicants. Students are responsible for payment only.
d) International Travel Insurance. If international travel is not covered by your medical insurance carrier, applicants need to buy International Travel Insurance on their own.
e) Students need their own personal spending money for shopping and other personal expenses.

Checks for all fees should be made payable to the CSU Foundation with “Confucius Institute” noted in the memo field. Payments may be delivered in person or mailed to:

Cleveland State University
Confucius Institute
2485 Euclid Avenue
Julka Hall, Room 291
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

The detailed estimated cost for 2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp will be sent to applicants and their parents/guardians by email after they finish the registration.

Costs that will be covered by Hanban include:

a) Room and board;
b) group meals;
c) transportation within China;
d) activities;
e) sightseeing

For more information, please visit our website:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Miao Wang, Chinese Program Manager
Phone: 216-523-7127
Confucius Institute, Cleveland State University
2485 Euclid Avenue, Julka Hall 291
Cleveland, OH 44115

Hanban Holds the Power of Final Interpretation of the Camp Regulations and Activities.

Application Documents/Forms:

Form 1: Online Registration Form

Form 2: Student Application Form