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.
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.
Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year celebration is one of the Confucius Institute's biggest events of the year. The event brings together CSU, local schools, and the Cleveland Chinese community to showcase this extremely important part of Chinese culture. Every year, guests are treated to extravagant performances and entertaining culture booths that help them to better understand China and its connection to Cleveland.
Teacher Appreciation Day
The Confucius Institute honors local students, teachers, and educational leaders every year with its Teacher Appreciation Day celebration. The teachers and their students prepare for this event by rehearsing songs, dances, and skits, which are mostly performed entirely in Chinese! It is always a fun way for everyone to show off what they have achieved within the past year.