For release: March 25, 2011
For press information, contact Riki Jackson ,901-678-3166
This year’s Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students will take
place July 15-31 in China. Registration must be completed by April 10. All expenses, except for international airfare, will be covered by the sponsoring
Students will fly to Beijing, then visit a local province in China for an extended
stay. They will participate in Chinese language classes as well as cultural classes
such as paper-cutting, calligraphy, brush painting, martial arts, etc. Students will
also participate in various sports and other activities including basketball, soccer,
and ping pong tournaments, international student get-togethers, family visits, and
much more. They will also visit historic sites in Beijing and points of interest in
The program is highly selective and seeks students who are committed to representing
their country, school, and family in the most professional and positive manner. Applicants
must be enrolled in an accredited public, private, or parochial high school. They
must be United States citizens, possess at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average,
and be interested in the Chinese language and culture. They must complete an application,
submit an essay, participate in an interview, and have at least two letters of recommendation
in order to be considered for the program. Applicants must also be prepared for international
travel, which includes long flights and multiple layovers.
The camp is sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban)
and the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, in cooperation with various Confucius
Institutes across the United States. The goal of the program is for American high
school students to experience the Chinese language and culture in a hands-on, culturally
The Chinese Summer Bridge Camp was launched in the summer of 2007, just a few months
before the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) officially opened.
Since the program’s inception, thousands of American high school students have participated.
They have gained a better understanding of the Chinese language and culture and developed
lasting friendships with the young people of China.
Last summer the CIUM took 33 high school students from Tennessee to Beijing, then
to the Shandong province, where they lived for the remainder of their stay. The students
climbed the Great Wall of China, visited Tiananmen Square, entered the Forbidden City,
toured the Summer Palace, and saw the Temple of Heaven. While in Shandong, they visited
Qufu, the hometown of the great educator and philosopher, Confucius. Students also
enjoyed visiting Weifang, the kite capital of the world, followed by a visit to Jinan,
the capital city of Shandong.
One of the 2010 participants, Corrine Nulph , a student at Collierville High School,
said of her experience, “I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to visit China.
I would love to visit China again. The people were wonderful! I especially loved the
students at Century School in Shouguang and visiting all the historic sites.”
Nailen Chen, visiting scholar and professor at the CIUM, said, “As the coordinator
for the 2010 Chinese bridge summer camp, I witnessed the positive results of the program.
We hope that some of our students will major in Sino-American fields of study and
become future experts in Asian-related programs. The goal of the program is to bridge
the gap between two countries and do something useful to enhance the friendship between
For additional information about the CIUM’s Chinese Summer Bridge Program, contact
Yang Yangwei or Riki Jackson at 901-678-2595 or 901-678-3166 or go online to www.memphis.edu/cium.