Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University
2010 "Chinese Bridge" Summer Camp in China for
U.S. High School Students

 Download: Student Application Form (doc, 390KB)
 Download: Teacher Application Form (doc, 372KB)

1.Mission Statement

To promote exchange between the youth of the US and China, and help participants have a better understanding of the Chinese language and culture, thus to stimulate their interest in learning Chinese.


July 12, 2010 (Monday) ~ July 26, 2010 (Monday)


55 participants from the SF Bay Area (including 50 students and 5 teachers, T:S ratio: 1: 10, to be approved by Hanban)

4.Organizers & Sponsor

Organizers: Hanban and Confucius Institute at SF State
Supporter: Provincial Department of Education


Date Agenda
07/12 Depart San Francisco
07/13 Arrive in Beijing
07/14 ~ 07/16 Attend opening ceremony and related program in Beijing
07/17 ~ 07/25 Chinese Language and Culture activities in Shandong
07/26 Get to Beijing and then return to San Francisco

6.Arrangement of Activities

During the program, students will study Chinese language and culture (Paper-cut, calligraphy, brush painting, tea ceremony, martial arts, and etc.) in traditional classrooms, and participate in various sports and cultural activities (friendship basketball match, international students get-together, and exchanges with host family, etc.); they will also visit various historic, cultural, and scenic spots.

7.Qualifications to Apply

A. Student applicants

(1)  Currently enrolled in credited public/private high schools.
(2)  U.S. Citizenship.
(3)  Without any Chinese learning background or learning Chinese for less than 3 years
(including all Chinese beginners and students in Chinese I, II & III).
(4)  With excellent academic record, and be interested in Chinese language and culture.
(5)  Physically capable of international traveling.
(6)  Apply for this summer camp for the first time.
B. Group teacher applicants
(1)  K-12 teaching experiences, Chinese Language teachers preferred.
(2)  Experiences in student management, study abroad program experience preferred.
(3)  Previous experience of living/staying in China (not traveling) and understanding of
China today.
(4)  Affection for teaching: initiative and independent judgement.
(5)  Ability to interact professionally with students; excellent organizational skills.
(6)  Physically capable of international traveling.
Group teachers are expected to fulfill the following duties:
(1)  Help Confucius Institute with pre-departure orientation.
(2)  Escort students to all courses and activities.
(3)  Coordinate with Hanban and host schools to supervise the safety and security of
students, taking primary management responsibilities.
(4)  Take care of students; help students physically and psychologically adapt to the
new environment. Provide guidance to student behavior.
(5)  In case of emergency, such as student illness or loss of passport, keep close
contact with Confucius Institute, Hanban, and host school staff, as well as
accompany the students for medical treatment and so on.
(6)  After summer camp, collect the feedbacks towards the program from attended
students. Submit a summary report and recommendations for improvement to
Confucius Institute and Hanban.


A. Student applicants should submit their application materials to Confucius Institute at SF State before May 3, 2010, including

(1)  Application Form
(2)  Three passport photos
(3)  A personal application statement
(4)  A recommendation letter from your school principal or teacher
(5)  A non-refundable application fee of $150 payble to: CI at SF State.
B. Teacher applicants should submit their application materials to Confucius Institute at SF State before May 3, 2010, including
(1)  Application Form
(2)  Resume
(3)  A recommendation letter from your school principal
(4)  Three passport photos

9.Program Cost

(1)  Students are responsible for their round-trip international airfare, international travel
insurance, and visa fees.
(2)  Teachers are responsible for their international travel insurance.
(3)  Hanban will cover in-China expenses including room and board, transportation, group
activities and sightseeing.

10.Visa Application

If you want us to apply for visa on behalf of you, please submit (1) a completed Chinese Visa Application Form, (2) passport, and (3) $150 visa and handling fee ($ 130 Cashier's Check payable to: Chinese Consulate; $20 Personal Check payable to: CI at SF State) before June 1, 2010. Your passport with visa will be returned to you on orientation day. Or you can pick it up at our office during our office hour (8:30AM- 5:00PM, M-F).

11. International Airplane Tickets

If you would like to buy group tickets, you must complete and turn in all required application materials before May 3, 2010. We have blocked SFO-Beijing round -trip group tickets at $1,450 for the summer camp participates. Please see the flight scheduls below:

Departure Arrival Note
July 12, Mon. CA986 2:50pm
Depart SF
July 13, Tue. 5:55pm
Arrive in Beijing
(Hanban will provide
whole-day airport pick-up)
July 26, Mon. CA985 4:00pm
Depart Beijing
July 26, Mon. 12:40pm
Arrive in SF

12. My China Experience Video Competition on TV

This competition will be co hosted by Sino Language Gateway and CI at SF State. The TV competition offers a chance for students to express what they have gained from a trip to China and what china looks like in their eyes. It is designed to encourage appreciation of Chinese culture, Chinese language learning, friendship making, discovery of shiny, tiny things that may change their lives, open their eyes, broaden their horizons.We encourage all summer camp participants to join us for this competition.

13. Contact Information

Ms. Yaqi Liu, Program Coordinator Tel: (415)338-7631    (415)405-2868    Fax: (415)405-2866 Email:  Website:

All the required application documents must be turned in to
Confucius Institute at SF State office before May 3, 2010.
If by mailing, please mail these items together as a package to us at:
Confucius Institute at SF State
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., Burk Hall 325
San Francisco, CA 94132