12th Annual Student Camps in China 2018

IMG_9966UCL  IOE Confucius Institute/Hanban 2018 China Study Camps

Summer 2018 (Dates TBC)

For the last eleven years, UCL IOE Confucius Institute for Schools has worked with the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), a Chinese government agency whose aim is to promote Chinese language and culture to worldwide audiences, to organise study visits to China for secondary school students in England. To date over 3,500 British students and teachers from 120 individual schools across the country have benefited from this excellent opportunity to learn Chinese language and about Chinese culture.

Managed by IOE Confucius Institute, this annual study visit is generously funded by Hanban for all the in-China costs, including language and cultural lessons, food and accommodation, travel and transportation as well as some tourism.

Who is this for?
Students aged between 14-18 from secondary schools in England who are studying Chinese or who are interested in learning the language and culture are eligible to apply.

If your school is interested in taking part in the 2018 Summer Camps, please email us at chinesenetworks@ioe.ac.uk. Alternatively, you can join our Chinese Teaching e-forum to receive regular updates.

Please note that the Summer Camp programme is often over-subscribed, so priority will be given to Confucius Classroom schools and schools who have never participated in the trip before.

Programme in China

The study visit focuses on teaching Mandarin Chinese to the British students whilst also offering exciting cultural lessons and activities including;

  • around 20 hours of Chinese learning
  • traditional Chinese cultural activities
  • visits to local historical and cultural places of interest
  • activities with local Chinese students
  • home visits will be organised with host schools where possible

How much will it cost?
Teachers and students will be responsible for their UK domestic travel cost, visa costs*, travel insurance and pocket money. Visit costs in China are generously funded by Hanban. The IOE’s Confucius Institute (CI) will purchase the international air travel, in order to ensure participants can travel and be met in China in groups. The airfare and IOE CI administration fee for the 2018 Summer Camps will be around £1,000 per person TBC (price applies to both teachers and students).

*Please note that Chinese visa costs have increased and are now in the region of £150 per person.

How to apply

Applications for the 2018 China Study Camps will open in December 2017.

To read about how much students and teachers enjoyed the camps over the years, please click here to access the school blogs.

For further information please email chinesenetworks@ucl.ac.uk .