Confucius Institute

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

The Confucius Institute at USM is now helping Maine high school students with an interest in China and basic Chinese proficiency attend a summer camp in China through the Chinese Bridge program. 

The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for Secondary School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture experience sponsored by Hanban with the cooperation of the Confucius Institutes around the world. The program aims at enhancing Sino-foreign youth exchanges, deepening secondary school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture, and stimulating their passion for learning Chinese.

Trip Description

The trip is typically held in mid-late July, and provides students with Chinese language classes as well as a visit to the Cultural Experience Center housed at Confucius Institute Headquarters. Students will also engage with Chinese society through exchanges with Chinese students, home-stay experiences, and sightseeing. The trip will begin and end in Beijing, the capital of China, and will include visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. Between the welcoming and send-off ceremonies in Beijing, students will travel to a second city in China, selected by the group.

There will be one chaperone accompanying every 10 students. Chaperones will be experienced teaching K-12 students, and at least one of them will be proficient in Chinese and have familiarity with China and Chinese culture. Click here for more information on chaperones, or if you are interested in being a chaperone. 

Sample Itinerary

Date Activity
July 16 Arrive in Beijing and check in
July 17 Cultural activities in Beijing
July 18-27

Travel to different provinces/cities in groups

Take Chinese language and culture classes

Communicate with Chinese students and their families

July 28-30 Return to Beijing, cultural activities
July 31 Depart China


High school students who are US citizens in good health between the ages of 14 and 18 are eligible for the summer camp. Additionally, they must possess a basic level of Chinese proficiency (less than 3 years of instruction). There must be at least 15 students participating in order for the trip to happen.


While in China, all food, lodging, domestic transportation, and group activities will be covered for all students and chaperones. Participants may be housed in hotels or local school dormitories.

Total estimated cost of $2300.00 includes:

  • International Airfare
  • Insurance
  • Round-Trip Ticket to & from Logan Airport
  • Visa

The above cost does not include a passport fee for students who do not have a valid passport. Some extra spending money for China is also recommended.

Application Process & Schedule

Interested students should submit their names and contact information to the Confucius Institute at

Applications are accepted all year round, but the cutoff for the current year's trip is February 15th. Schools with several interested students may also apply as a group. Applicants who are registered Confucius Institute students will have priority if there are more than 20 applicants.

Summer Camp Year Application Deadline
2018 February 15, 2018

After the deadline, the Confucius Institute will contact all interested students with details on how to apply. The application process will include submission of an application form, application letter, letter of recommendation from the school or a teacher, and a $300.00 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied to the total cost. Deposits will be returned if the student is not admitted into the program.