Confucius Institute

2017 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

2016 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students

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Program Introduction

The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture camp sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in cooperation with Confucius Institutes in the U.S.. The program aims to enhance Sino-U.S. youth exchanges and to deepen high school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture.

It provides students with Chinese language classes, culture classes (such as paper cutting, calligraphy, ink and brush painting, tea ceremonies, and martial arts), and rich cultural experiences (getting together with Chinese students, sightseeing, etc.).

All programs are developed by schools and provincial Departments of Education and are first-rate.

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Program Dates 

June 17, 2017--July 1,2017, two weeks
  1. Leave for Beijing, China: Saturday, June 17, 2017
  2. Back to Cleveland, USA : Saturday, July 1, 2017

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ITINERARY

Subject to minor changes, the 2017 itinerary will be similar to that of 2016. For your reference, the 2016 itinerary is included below:

2016 ITINERARY IN CHINA:
  1. July 16: Arrive in Beijing and check in.
  2. July 17-July 19: Cultural activities in Beijing, tour Great Wall, National Museum, Tian'an Men Square, Forbidden City, and Hanban Headquarter; Chinese language and culture classes.
  3. July 20-July 27: Travel to Yunnan province, Chinese language and culture classes, cultural experiences, sighting, HSK/YCT test.
  4. July 28: Travel back to Beijing, and take part in cultural activities.
  5. July 29: Travel to, and arrive in, the U.S..

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PROGRAM FEES       

COSTS PAID BY STUDENTS:
  1. A Non-Refundable $200 application fee. Due 3/24/2017. Please pay application fee here.
  2. A Non-Refundable $2,300 fee for airfare, and visa, service & program fees. Due Friday, April 14th, 2017. Please pay program fee here.
  3. If international travel is not covered by their medical insurance carrier, all the applicants must buy International Travel Insurance, approximately $30.00-150.00, on their own. The Confucius Institute is not responsible for recommending the insurance company.
 
COSTS PAID BY CHAPERONS:
  1. If international travel is not covered by their medical insurance carrier, all the applicants must buy International Travel Insurance, approximately $30.00-150.00, on their own. The Confucius Institute is not responsible for recommending the insurance company.
 
COSTS PAID BY HANBAN (FOR ALL ATTENDEES):
  1. Room and board
  2. Group meals
  3. Transportation within China
  4. All camp-related activities
  5. Sightseeing
COSTS PAID BY THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE AT CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY:
  1. All the running fees for program
  2. Chaperons' round-trip airfare, visa fees, service and program fees.

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Applicant Criteria

Students:

There is a maximum of 40 student spots available

  1. American citizens
  2. High school students ages 15 to 18; grades 9 to 12 (including those entering 9th grade and graduating seniors)
  3. Non-Chinese heritage speakers who have studied Chinese for at least 3 months or 40 hours
  4. Significant interest in Chinese language and culture
  5. Healthy enough for international travel
  6. Willing to participate in all summer camp activities and comply with requirements
  7. Holding a current US passport with at least 2 empty pages with an expiration date on or after February 1st, 2018.
  8. Must have taken a HSK/YCT test and submit the test score with the application. Students are responsible for the test fees.
Chaperons:

There is a maximum of 2 chaperon spots available.

  1. Open-minded, have a cooperative and responsible spirit
  2. Have a strong ability to deal with cross-cultural situations
  3. Respect and understand Chinese culture
  4. Good at communication and adaptable to new environments
  5. Have grades 9-12 teaching experience
  6. Highly experienced in student management
  7. Healthy enough for international travel
  8. Holding a current US passport with at least 2 empty pages with an expiration date on or after February 1st, 2018.

If selected, chaperones will need to sign a contract which outlines the chaperone's duties.

Chaperons also need to perform the following duties:
  1. Assist Confucius Institutes/Classrooms in pre-departure training of students
  2. Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with all requirements
  3. Take primary responsibility for the safety of students during summer camp
  4. Help students adapt to the environment and provide guidance to them
  5. Accompany students in emergency situations and provide help in contacting their families
  6. Collect students’ feedback and compose reports for the Confucius Institutes

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Application Procedure

Application deadline: Friday, 3/24/2017
  1. Complete the Online Registration Form.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $200 online by 3/24/2017.
  3. Mail the following materials to Zijie Li at the Confucius Institute:

Students:   

Chaperons

Note: Application will not be considered complete until all materials are completed and submitted. 

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Interview

  1. All of the Student and Chaperon applicants will be interviewed, as will one of the student's parents/legal guardians.
  2. Interview notices will be sent to the qualifier as soon as we finish checking all the application materials.
  3. Interview date: Saturday, April 1st, 2017. 
  4. Upon the completion of the selection process, CI will send the applicants' information to the Confucius Institute's Headquarters/Hanban.
  5. The Confucius Institute at CSU will send invitations to students in April if Hanban accepts them into the program.

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Pre-Departure Training:

We will have 2 pre-departure orientation training meetings to help all the campers to prepare for the trip. One will be in April, shortly after Hanban approves the applications, the other in late May. The exact dates will be announced soon. All accepted students and their parents/legal guardians must attend both meetings. 

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NOTES:

  • All campers and chaperons need to bring their own personal spending money for shopping and other expenses. We recommend $200--$500 for the whole trip.
  • All students will travel together, and the air tickets will be arranged by the travel agent that works with CI. Students are responsible for payment only.
  • CI will work with the agent to obtain visas for applicants. Students are responsible for payment only.

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Contact:

Zijie Li, Project Coordinator

Confucius Institute, Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower 1212

Cleveland, OH 44115

Email: l.li89@csuohio.edu     

Phone: 216-687-5471

Hanban , the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Reserves the Rights to the Final Interpretation of Camp Regulations and Activities

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