Confucius Institute

2019 High School Students Program

2017 summer camp

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp 2019

Program Dates ‖ Itinerary ‖ Program Fees ‖ Application Criteria  

Application Procedure ‖ Interview Visa Requirement  

Pre-Departure Training ‖ Notes ‖ Contact



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.



JUNE 16, 2019--JUne 30, 2019, TWO WEEKS


  1. Leave for Beijing, China: Sunday, June 16, 2019
  2. Back to Cleveland, USA: Sunday, June 30, 2019

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  1. June 16: Leave the U. S. and fly to Beijing, China.
  2. June 17: Arrive in Beijing, China, check in.
  3. June 17-June 21: Travel to Beijing, tour the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Hanban Headquarters; Chinese language and culture classes, cultural experiences, sightseeing.
  4. June 22-June 29: Cultural activities in Kunming, tour Kunming stone forest Scenic Area, Yunnan Normal University, learning Chinese language and culture classes.
  5. June 30: Travel back to the U.S.

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  1. A Non-Refundable $200 application fee. Due Sunday, March 24, 2019. Please pay application fee here.
  2. A Non-Refundable $2,300 fee for airfare, and visa, service & program fees. Due Sunday, March 24, 2019. 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:

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.

  1. Room and board
  2. Group meals
  3. Transportation within China
  4. All camp-related activities
  5. Sightseeing


  1. All the running fees for program
  2. Chaperons' round-trip airfare, visa fees, service and program fees.

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There is a maximum of 40 student spots available

  1. American citizens or legal permanent residents
  2. High school students ages 15 to 18; grades 9 to 12 (including those entering 9th grade and graduating seniors)
  3. Have taken or are currently taking Chinese language classes
  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. Hold a current passport with an expiration date on or after Jan. 31, 2020.
  8. Must have taken an HSK/YCT test and submit the test score with the application. The test is for the evaluation of Chinese proficiency purpose only. (Students are responsible for the test fees.)

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.  Test offers include HSK level 1, level 2, and level 3 only. 



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 January 31, 2020.

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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  1. Complete the Online Registration Form.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $200 online by 3/24/2019.
  3. Mail the following materials to Xuhong Zhang or Wenjun Wang at the Confucius Institute:


  • Student Application Form PDF icon Student Form 2019.pdf
  • Essay
  • Recommendation
  • Copy of passport page with picture



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  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, March 30. 
  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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Chinese X2-Visa requirements:

Web link:

1. Passport

Original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

2. Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and Photo

One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached

3. Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to non-U.S. citizens)

You must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

4. Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page.

If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

5. Original and photocopy of the Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

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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 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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Xuhong Zhang, Associate Director
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1214A, Cleveland OH, 44115
phone: 216-523-7577

Wenjun Wang, Visiting Professor
Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave. RT 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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