Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students

To meet the increasing needs for learning Chinese language and culture from American high school students, Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will continue to sponsor 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

1. Objectives

  1. To promote communication and exchange between young students from China and United States;
  2. To enhance American high school students’ understanding of Chinese language and culture;
  3. To nurture their enthusiasm for learning Chinese language and culture.

2. Dates and Locations

  1. Departure from San Francisco: Tuesday, July 9, 2013
  2. Return from Beijing: Thursday, July 25, 2013
  3. After opening ceremony in Beijing, students will be divided into 7 smaller groups to participate in activities in one of the following provinces or cities: Tianjin, Henan, Shandong, Hunan, Zhejiang, Yunan, and Jilin.

3. Estimated Number of Participants: 700 high school students and chaperones


  1. Sponsor: Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban
  2. Organizer: Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

5. Qualification for Applicants

  1. Student Applicants
  2. (1) U.S. nationality;

    (2) 9th-12th graders aged between 14 to 18 (including current 8th graders and 12th graders);

    (3) Mother tongue is not Chinese, with a basic knowledge and skills of Chinese language, learning Chinese for less than three years;

    (4)Be interested in learning Chinese language and culture;

    (5)Healthy enough for international traveling.

  3. Chaperone Applicants (most likely from the school with 10+ participants)
  4. (1) Qualification

    a. Respect and understand Chinese culture;

    b.Capable and reliable in coordinating and communicating with participants;

    c.Teaching in K-12 schools for at least one year

    d.Experience in supervising and working with students

    e.Healthy enough for international traveling.

    (2) Responsibilities

    a. Assist Confucius Institute in offering a pre-departure orientation;

    b. Escort students in all summer camp activities and follow all requirements;

    c. Be responsible for program management and students’ safety in China during the program;

    d. Help students adjust themselves to new living environment with timely advice;

    e. Accompany students in any emergency situation and remain contact with representatives from Hanban, local host schools, Confucius Institute at SF State, and parents of the student;

    f. Collect feedback from participants and submit a program report to Confucius Institute at SF State one week after returning from China.

6.Application and Approval

  1. Submit the following Application Materials to Confucius Institute at SF State before April 21, 2013:
  2. (1)Student applicant: Application Form / Recommendation Letter from applicant’s teacher

    (2)Chaperone applicant: Application Form / Resume

  3. Final review and approval by Hanban
  4. When applications have been approved by Hanban, we will send the following post acceptance documents to those approved students, which must be signed and submitted to the Confucius Institute at SF State by June 7, 2013:

    (1) Health Statement Forms (required):

    a. Personal Health Statement – 2 pages;

    b. Physician’s Statement – 1 page;

    (2) Permission for Emergency Treatment Form (required);

    (3) Consent and Release Agreement (required);

    (4) Air Travel Release and Hold-Harmless Statement (required);

    (5)Guidelines and Rules of Conduct (required);

    (6)Photocopy of the inside page (the photo page) of your passport (required).

7.Visa Application

Participants are responsible for visa application at Chinese Consulate in San Francisco. The following should be sent to the Chinese Consulate in SF before June 7 in order to get your visa and passport back before June 14:

  1. Visa Application Form
  2. One passport photo
  3. Application fee of $140 (Money Order, Cashier's Check - payable to “Chinese Consulate General”, Master Card or Visa Card)

(For more information about visa application, please visit:

8. Cost

  1. Participants are responsible for
  2. (a) Application fee of $200 (Please make a check payable to: CI at SF State; It is not refundable upon application approval by Hanban.)
    (b) Round-trip international air ticket costs
    (c) International travel insurance
    (d) Visa fees

  3. Hanban will cover the costs of accommodation, transportation and activities for students and chaperones in China.

9. The Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban reserves the right to interpret all requirements and program proposal for this summer camp.

10.Contact Information

     Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University

      Lois Gao, Program Coordinator


     Tel: 415-338-7631 Fax: 415-405-2866

 Download: Application Form for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Students 

registration form pdf Download: Application Form for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Chaperons