The Confucius Institute offers various programs to support learning about Chinese language and culture. Most of these programs are held in and around Cleveland. They include summer camps, proficiency testing, and Chinese language contests. The Confucius Institute also works to provide opportunities for travelling to China, such as study abroad programs for college students and short-term trips for high school students.
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
This program provides high school students with the opportunity to visit China and deepen the connection between Chinese and American youth. The program includes excursions to significant historical sites throughout China, classes on Chinese language and culture, and unique cultural experiences.
Along with running its own study abroad programs for local college students, the Confucius Institute also partners with Hanban to provide funding for applicants to students wishing to study in China, or for community members who want to increase their knowledge of China through a fellowship.
Chinese Proficiency Exams
The Confucius Institute offers multiple opportunities for community members to take the HSK, HSKK, BCT, or YCT language proficiency tests. The tests are all officially recognized by the Chinese government and are often required in order to work or study in China.
Annual Ohio K-12 Chinese Speech and Essay Contests
The Confucius Institute hosts an annual competition where K-12 students from all over Ohio have the opportunity to show off their Chinese skills through writing speeches and essays. Winners of the contest are eligible to move onto competitions at the regional and national levels.
Chinese Summer Immersion Camp
This camp gives students the opportunity to become immersed in Chinese language and culture for two weeks during the summer. Along with language classes, the students learn traditional Chinese arts, try Chinese snacks, and watch famous Chinese films.
Cleveland Public Library Summer Camp
The Confucius Institute, in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library, hosts an annual summer camp for local students. During their time in the camp, the students are taught Chinese by Confucius Institute teachers, learn traditional Chinese martial arts, and display their knowledge of Chinese culture.