College of Continuing & Professional Education
  • Introduction

    Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture experience. Its activities are sponsored by Hanban with the cooperation of Confucius Institute headquarters as well as Confucius Institutes across the U.S. The program aims at enhancing Sino-U.S. youth exchanges, deepening high school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture, and stimulating their passion for learning Chinese.


    Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for Secondary School Students provides students with Chinese language and culture classes (such as paper cutting, calligraphy, ink and wash painting, tea ceremony, and martial arts), as well as rich and varied activities. These include getting together with Chinese students, home-stay experiences, and other cultural experiences.

    Application Requirements

    Regular public or private secondary school students must meet the following criteria:

    1. Must be a citizen of his or her country of residence.
    2. Must possess a basic level of Chinese (the length of time learning Chinese does not exceed 3 years).
    3. Must be between the ages of 14 to 18.
    4. Must be healthy, and able to travel internationally.

    Accompanying teachers must meet the following criteria:

    1. Have secondary school teaching experience, preferably a Chinese language teacher. 
    2. Extensive experience in supervising students.
    3. Have a good understanding of China and its culture.
    4. Be approachable and have a sense of responsibility; be cooperative in assisting in the management of and communication with the campers; be able to handle any crisis situations that may arise.
    5. Be in healthy condition, and able to travel internationally.
    6. Be 50 years of age or younger.


    Students must pay for their own international airfare and visa and must buy international medical insurance. Hanban is responsible for covering the costs of students and accompanying teachers’ food and lodging, transportation, and group activities while in China.