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Chinese Bridge for Educators Study Tour

October 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - October 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

This Chinese Bridge program gives K-12 educators in Western New York an opportunity to experience China and its education system first-hand. The program aims to help superintendents, principals and other education administrators learn more about China and encourage the development of Chinese language programs in their schools.

The delegation will visit schools and meet with teachers and administrators in Beijing and Xi’an, as well as explore some of China’s most famous tourist sites—the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, and much more.

This Chinese Bridge program is organized by the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and our partner in Beijing, Capital Normal University. UBCI will coordinate international travel and visa applications and conduct orientations. CNU will
host the delegation in Beijing and arrange the tour to Xi’an.

All hotels, meals, and transportation in China will be paid by Confucius Institute Headquarters. Participants pay for international airfare, Chinese visa, travel insurance, and incidental costs.

For travelers’ convenience, participants can purchase airfare on a designated flight from Buffalo through Raptim International. All participants are expected to travel with the delegation until the end of the program on October 14. Participants may stay in China following the program at their own expense.

Single occupancy accommodations in three or four-star hotels will be provided.

Participants must be currently employed at a public or private school or serving on a school board, and not have participated in a Chinese Bridge delegation for at least three years.

Priority will be given to:

  1. administrators with oversight or policy roles for Chinese language programs.
  2. administrators in schools or districts that are considering establishing a Chinese language program.

Participants must have a U.S. passport valid until at least October 6, 2019.

Tentative Itinerary
The following is a tentative itinerary. Our intention is to arrange productive meetings and excursions each day, but also allow time for you to explore parks, restaurants, shopping districts, etc. in Beijing and Xi’an. Although meals will be provided, we also encourage you to venture out on your own and explore local restaurants.

October 6
Depart Buffalo for Beijing

October 7
Arrive Beijing
Evening welcome and orientation at Capital Normal University

October 8
Visit Confucius Institute Headquarters
Visit an elementary school in Beijing

October 9
Visit a Beijing high school affiliated with Capital Normal University
Tour Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

October 10
Visit a Beijing middle school
Tour to Great Wall

October 11
Bullet train: Beijing to Xi’an
Visit a school in Xi’an

October 12
Excursion to see Terracotta Warriors

October 13
Bullet train: Xi’an to Beijing
Afternoon meeting with education professors from Capital Normal University
Evening shopping

October 14
Depart Beijing for Buffalo

To apply
Please submit a brief (200 words or less) statement on school letterhead explaining your current position and how you anticipate this program will help you better support, administer, or launch a Chinese language program in your school or district.
Please submit your application by July 1, 2018.

Email the statement to

Questions? Call Confucius Institute Associate Director Huadong (Mark) Yin at (716) 645-6480.

Space is limited! Apply early!


October 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am
October 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo