Chinese Bridge Summer Camp

Ever thought about...

doing something different than everyone else?

doing something besides playing video games over the summer?

seeing the world? travelling in China? Learning Chinese?

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln invites high school students across the state to spend two fun-filled weeks studying and travelling in China. The Chinese Bridge Summer Camp gives Nebraskan students an opportunity to learn about China and experience an entirely different part of the world.  Students will visit historic locations such as the Terracota warriors and Mosoleum of the First Emperor of China in Xi'an, ride bicycles on the city walls of Xi'an, climb the Great Wall, as well as learn rudimentary Chinese.

The Confucius Institute will select 15 to 20 Nebraskan high school students, aged 14 to 18 years old, who apply for summer camp. Students will be accompanied by a minimum of two chaperons who are experienced Nebraskan educators as well as one or two local Chinese chaperons to act as guides and lead activities. The program will begin in July, with specific dates to be announced in the Spring, and will last for two weeks. The Confucius Institute will cover expenses for accomodations, food, group activities, and local travel in China. Students need only pay for the airfare, the Chinese visa application, and international travel insurance. 

Can I apply?

Students just need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • US Citizen
  • High school student between 14 - 18 years old
  • Non-Chinese heritage or background
  • No major medical problems
  • Have taken at least one class in Chinese either at your high school or at the Confucius Institute*
  • Interested in learning about China
  • Permission from parent or guardian

*If you do not meet these requirements, you can enroll in low-cost Confucius Institute classes at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for help in meeting requirements.

About the program

Details about the program will emerge in the spring. Typically, the program last two-weeks in mid-July. Students will participate in introductory language classes, cultural activities, and travel to a couple Chinese cities (Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and perhaps others). Students will also try various local cuisines.

We will hold an open information session in late Fall of 2017 to explain all the details to parents and students, and gather feedback and suggestions to shape the program.

How much will it cost?

The cost of accomodations, food, group activities, and local travel in China will be covered by the Confucius Institute for all accepted students. Students need only cover the cost of airfare, Chinese visa application, and international travel insurance. The Confucius Institute can assist you through the process of applying for the Chinese visa, travel insurance, and help you select an appropriate flight. We will also provide a scholarship of up to $500 to students on a competitive basis to help cover the cost of airfare and other expenses.

To give you a rough estimate of the cost:

- Flights to China from the US typically cost $800 to $1,200 depending on a variety of factors. The sooner you buy your ticket generally the cheaper it will be.

- Chinese tourist visa cost are normally $140 for a three month single entry.

 - You will most likely also have to hire an agent to apply for the Chinese visa, which will cost around $70 plus postage.

- If you do not have a passport, you will need to first apply for a passport, which cost between $80 and $110.

- International travel insurance cost vary widely depending on the kind of plan you buy. They can be as low as $20 to as high as $300.

How do I apply?

Applications will be posted in Winter 2017-2018, but if you're interested about learning more, you can get on our contact list at the link below to be kept up-to-date on progress.

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I want to be a chaperon

To make sure our kids are safe and secure while they travel abroad, we will also need two chaperons. Chaperons will have all of their expenses covered during the trip and will get to experience the fun along with the kids. Chaperons should meet the following criteria listed below:

- K-12 teaching experience (currently active teachers preferred)      

- Good at communication and adaptable to new environments;       

- Highly skilled in student management      

- Under 50 years old and in good health

As a chaperon, your responsibilities will include the following:

- Assist the Confucius Institutes in pre-departure training for students
- Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with requirements
- Take the primary responsibility for the safety of students during summer camp; 
- Help students adapt to a new environment and provide guidance for them;
- Accompany students in emergency situations and provide help to contact their families; 
 -Collect students’ feedback and hand in reports to Confucius Institutes/Classrooms.

If you are interested in being a chaperon, please e-mail Pamela Snyder at and attach your CV or call (402)472-5370.

I still have questions about study abroad in China and this scholarship

No problem. Contact us and we’ll try our best to answer your questions.

                                Phone: (402)472-5370



The Confucius Institute

                                                The University of Nebraska – Lincoln (City Campus)

                                                W. 205 Nebraska Hall

                                                Lincoln, NE 68588-0542

                                Office Hours:

                                                Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 except federal, UNL, and Chinese national holidays