Accepting Applications Until April 20th! Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students
UT’s Confucius Institute is accepting applications for the 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American high school students. This two-week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese high school students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students will have a unique opportunity to expand their Chinese language skills while experiencing China’s rich culture, tradition, and history.
“This camp is sponsored by the Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters), and is offered in cooperation with various Confucius Institutes in the U.S. It provides American high school students an opportunity to experience Chinese language and culture during the summer,” said Dr. Minhua Wu, assistant director of the Confucius Institute. “In past years we have worked with local school partners; and this year we look to involve the children of UT’s faculty and staff in this summer camp.”
Student applicants must be currently enrolled in accredited public / private high schools meeting the following criteria:
- U.S. citizenship
- Ages 14 to 18, enrolled in grades 9-12 or beginning grade 9 in Fall 2013
- Excellent academic record and strong interest in Chinese language and culture
- Physically capable of international travel
- Some knowledge of the Chinese language is preferred; however a beginning Chinese tutorial course will be available for those with little or no experience.
Qualified students should submit an application, a personal letter on why you would like to participate, and one recommendation letter from a school teacher or other education personnel. Student applications can be found HERE. Chaperone applications can be found HERE.
Materials should be turned in to the Confucius Institute in Snyder Memorial, Room 1060, on UT’s Main Campus before April 20, 2013.
The participants will be divided into different delegations. After arriving in Beijing, the respective groups will go to other cities in China where they will attend Chinese language and culture classes, engage in cultural and sports activities with their Chinese friends and experience modern Chinese life. During the camp, students will study Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy, brush painting, tea ceremonies, and martial arts; participate in informal basketball matches, international student get-togethers, host family experiences; and visit points of interest and sites of natural beauty.
Selected students will be required to cover the cost of a round-trip airline ticket, processing fee, international travel insurance and visa application fee. The Hanban will take care of the Chinese costs associated with accommodation, in-China transportation, activities and sightseeing for students and teachers while in China.
“The Confucius Institute here at The University of Toledo has participated in past Chinese Bridge Summer Camps. In 2012 we sent a total of 10 students and 1 chaperone from area schools,” added Wu. “This year we plan to send a group of 20 students and 2 chaperones.”
Since the program was launched in 2007, a total of 3,100 American high school students have been invited to participate in the summer camp in China, which has helped them understand Chinese culture, improve their Chinese, and build friendships with young people in China. The Confucius Institute Headquarters will welcome 700 U.S. high school students and teacher-leaders to participate in the 2013 summer camp program.
For more information contact Minhua Wu at 419.530.7750 or Minhua.Wu@utoledo.edu.