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?

Xi'an Jiaotong University in partnership with 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 Chinese Birdge Summer Camp at Xi'an Jiaotong University. 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 trip will last for two weeks from July 7 to July 21. Xi'an Jiaotong University 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. The Confucius Institute will also provide a scholarship to some students on a competitive basis of up to $500 for students to defray the cost of travel (Details to be announced in March).

Registration ends February 16, 2020

Information Session

The Confucius Institute will hold two open information sessions for students and parents where the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp will be introduced and parents and students can ask questions. One will be held in Lincoln, NE and another in Omaha, NE. The dates and times are as follows: 

Lincoln Information Session:

December 4, 2019 6:00 PM (Wednesday)
Nebraska Hall W130
900 N. 16th St.
Lincoln, NE 68588
Note: Meter Parking can be found in the Southeast corner of the parking lot on the corner of 16th and W st.

Omaha Information Session:

December 6, 2019 6:00 PM (Friday)
Peter Keiwit Institute Room 153
1110 S. 67th St
Omaha, NE 68182
Note: Parking available in parking garage across 67th St.

If you would like to attend the information sesssions, please leave send us an e-mail at so that we know you're coming and we can inform you of any changes. More information may be added as circumstances require. A zoom teleconference meeting can be arranged upon request.

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 (exception for adoptees)
      • No major medical problems
      • Have taken at least one class in Chinese either at your high school or at the Confucius Institute**
      • Have not participated in a Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in the past 3 years
      • Interested in learning about China
      • Permission from parent or guardian

*Must be 14 years old by departure date

**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.

How do I apply?

Applications will be closed on February 16, 2020.

Click on the "apply here" button below and mail a $50 deposit check to the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (address below) by February 16, 2020. Checks should be made out to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The deposit check will be cashed and refunded if the student does participate in the summer bridge camp. If students withdrawl for any reason after the application deadline listed above, then the deposit will not be refunded. Checks must be recieved by the application date.

With your checks, you should also include the following documents:

      • The students Social Security Number
        • You may photocopy Social Security Card, write the number on a slip of paper, or call our office at (402)472-5370 during office hours. (This is required to refund deposits per UNL financial rules. Social Security Numbers should not be shared by e-mail for security reasons.)
      • Photocopy of Passport identification page (clear high-quality color image).

Other documents will be requested upon acceptance of students at a future date to be announce by e-mail.


Deposit Checks and other documentation should be mailed to:

The Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Nebraska Hall W.205

900 N. 16th St.

Lincoln, NE 68588-0542

If you would like to learn more, you can also get on our contact list at the link below to be kept up-to-date on progress.


About the program

Details about the program will emerge in the spring. Typically, the program last two-weeks. 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. There will also be a homestay portion, which will involve a stay of one or two days with a local host family. Host families are vetted by Xi'an Jiaotong University and are employees of the university with children of a similar age and gender as the student they are hosting. Homestay families will take students on various different outings.

For an impression of the general arrangements, you can find the 2019 schedule plan here.

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 grant a scholarship of up to $500 to some students on a competitive need 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 around $1,500 - $2,000 depending on a variety of market factors. The Confucius Institute will help arrange for seats for a specific flight to China with the chaperon, but participants will be responsible for making payment to the airline or travel agent for the ticket (UNLCI will not handle any money besides the deposit).

- Chinese visa cost are normally $140 for a three month single entry valid for 10 years.

 - You will most likely also have to hire an agent to apply for the Chinese visa, which will cost around $70-$100 plus postage.

- If you do not have a US passport, you will need to first apply for a passport. To apply for a passport, please follow the instructions here on the US State Department Website.

- The Confucius Institute will advise in this process, but students and parents will be responsible for applying for visas. 

- 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. Some recommended travel insurance companies are below (not sponsored):

- Allianz Travel  - Amex Travel Insurance  - Generali Global Assistance  - Seven Corners  - Travelex Insurance Services  - Travel Guard

Preparation Timeline (Tentative)

December 4, 2019 (6:00 PM) - Lincoln Information Session

December 6, 2019 (6:00 PM) - Omaha Information Session (Tentative)

February 16, 2020 (11:59 PM) - Application Deadline

February 24, 2020 - Students informed of acceptance

March 16, 2020 (6:00 PM) - Visa/passport information session (Location TBA; will also be Zoom teleconference option)

March 23, 2020 - Visa applications sent out 

April 13, 2019 - Students will purchase their flight ticket through designated travel agent

June 29, 2020 - Pre-Departure Prep-Talk Session

July 7, 2020 - Departure for China. Arrive the next day.

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 Nebraskan teachers (currently active teachers preferred);      

- Good at communication and adaptable to new environments;       

- Highly skilled in student management;      

- In good health and able to keep up with high energy students;

- International travel experience preferred.

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 us and attach your CV with a brief explanation why you would like to chaperone as well as a copy of your most recent NDE Teaching Certificate.

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