Confucius Institute

2018 College Students Program

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Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2018

Program Dates ‖ Itinerary ‖ Program Fees ‖ Application Criteria

Application Procedure ‖ Interview ‖ Pre-Departure Training

Notes ‖ Contact



The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. College 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. college students exchanges and to deepen college 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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JUNE 2, 2018--JUne 16,2018, TWO WEEKS
  1. Leave for Beijing, China: Saturday, June 2, 2018
  2. Back to Cleveland, USA : Saturday, June 16, 2018

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  1. June 2: Leave the U. S. and fly to Beijing, China.
  2. June 3: Arrive in Beijing, China, check in.
  3. June 4-June 6: Cultural activities in Beijing, tour Great Wall, Tian'an Men Square, Forbidden City, and Hanban Headquarter; Chinese language and culture classes.
  4. June 7-June 15: Travel to Jiangsu province, Chinese language and culture classes, cultural experiences, sightseeing, HSK/YCT test.
  5. June 16: Travel back to the U.S. from Shanghai.

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  1. A Non-Refundable $200 application fee. Due 3/30/2018. Please pay application fee here.
  2. A Non-Refundable $2,300 fee for airfare, and visa, service & program fees. Due Friday, April 13th, 2018. 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.

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There is a maximum of 40 student spots available

  1. American citizens or legal permanent residents
  2. Currently enrolled in a college
  3. Must be 18 years old or above
  4. Have taken or are currently taking Chinese language classes
  5. Significant interest in Chinese language and culture
  6. Healthy enough for international travel
  7. Willing to participate in all summer camp activities and comply with requirements
  8. Hold a current passport with an expiration date on or after Jan. 31, 2019.
  9. Must have taken a HSK/YCT test and submit the test score with the application. Test is for evaluation of Chinese proficiency purpose only. (Students are responsible for the test fees.) Please pay test fees here.

1)Students who have taken the HSK/YCT test, please submit the test score with your application.

2) Students who have not taken the HSK/YCT test and wish to take it before the application deadline, please contact Lu Geng at to schedule a test time. You may take any test of your choice. Test schedule and details can be found here.

3) Students who have not taken the HSK/YCT test and can not take the test before the application deadline, you may take the test on the same day of the interview at Cleveland State University.  Tests offered include HSK level 1, level 2, and level 3 only. 

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  1. Complete the Online Registration Form.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $200 online by 3/30/2018.
  3. Mail the following materials to Zijie Li at the Confucius Institute:
  • Student Application Forms PDF icon Student application.pdf
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation
  • Copy of passport page with picture

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  1. All of the applicants will be interviewed.
  2. Interview notices will be sent to the qualifier as soon as we finish checking all the application materials.
  3. Upon the completion of the selection process, CI will send the applicants' information to the Confucius Institute's Headquarters/Hanban.
  4. The Confucius Institute at CSU will send invitations to students in April if Hanban accepts them into the program.

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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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  • All students 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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Zijie Li, Project Coordinator

Confucius Institute, Cleveland State University

2121 Euclid Avenue, Rhodes Tower 1212

Cleveland, OH 44115


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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