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Media Advisory: High school students invited to attend Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

Apply by May 23 to learn Chinese language and culture in three-week trip to China


SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2008


The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp offers high school students the opportunity to spend three weeks in China, taking part in Chinese language lessons; cultural activities and lectures such as ink painting, Chinese calligraphy and martial arts; and tours to sites of historic and cultural interest. The cost of accommodation, local transportation and activities will be funded by Hanban, an agency of the Chinese government. Applicants are responsible for the cost of air travel, visa, insurance and other personal expenses.


The summer camp runs July 13 through August 3, 2008. Deadline for applications is May 23, 2008.


The program is open to high school students from Northern California who can demonstrate an excellent academic record and an interest in Chinese language and culture. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is necessary. Applicants should not have lived in China before or stayed there for more than one month in the past.


The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is organized by the SF State Confucius Institute, with sponsorship from the Chinese government agency Hanban. The Confucius Institute at SF State is dedicated to meeting the accelerating demand for instruction of Chinese and Chinese language teacher training. Established in 2006, it was the first branch to be established in the Western U.S.


Application forms can be downloaded at the Confucius Institute Web site at: www.sfsu.edu/~ci/events.html or call Xi Zhang at (415) 405-4258.


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