【Program Introducton】China Tour Program for Arkansas Educator Group

UCA Confucius Institute is pleased to announce the 2013 Chinese Bridge for Arkansas Schools: a 10 day-long program in China for educators to start and strengthen their institution's Chinese programs and partnerships. School and district leaders are invited to attend this unique, educational trip to Shanghai as guests of UCA Confucius Institute’s partner university, East China Normal University.

The activities and itinerary of this program are tailored especially to the needs of schools and districts that are planning to start new Chinese programs and/or expanding existing Chinese language and culture programs. The focus of this trip will be on collecting knowledge about the culture, society and education system of China and partnership-building activities, school visits and educational workshops. Participants will learn how to start, strengthen and expand their program, make connections with other educators, and gather valuable resources.

The delegation provides an opportunity to:

  • Visit schools and meet with Chinese educators and students
  • Participate in partnership-building workshops
  • Learn from presentations about successful models and available resources
  • Share experiences with Chinese educators
  • Visit cultural sites in Shanghai and other cities
  • Learn firsthand about a country that is rapidly changing and rising on the global stage


Tentative dates: June 7-17, 2013

Who are eligible

  • District and state leaders, principals, and other decision-makers with oversight of foreign language learning.
  • District and school leaders from institutions committed to establishing and/ or expanding new Chinese language and culture programs in their schools/districts, and who haven’t participated in Chinese Bridge delegations in 2009-2012.
  • Educators from institutions planning to expand their existing Chinese programs by building ties with Chinese schools are encouraged to apply (though selection priority will be given to applicants from institutions without existing programs).
  • Multiple applicants from the same institution will be considered. Each applicant is required to submit an individual application.

All applications are subject to individual review and approval and compliance with applicable laws.

Cost to delegates

Delegates are responsible for their individual round-trip international airfare from U.S. to China as well as their Chinese tourist visa fee. Delegates are also responsible for optional travel insurance.

What is included?

The following costs are covered by the program:

Travel costs in China, including hotel accommodations, group meals, tour guides and admission tickets, and local and inter-city transportation costs.

Do I need a passport?

Yes! Delegates are required to have a valid passport with at least six (6) months validity from the date of departure (i.e. with an expiration date of January 1, 2014 or later). Proof of a valid passport will be required to confirm participation of selected applicants.

Note: If you do not have a valid passport, please obtain one immediately. For more information, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Deadline for application

April. 20, 2013

Where to submit your application

 Lucy  ( Xiaohong Lu)

Office: 501-852-5219

Email: xhlu@uca.edu

Confucius Institute at University of Central Arkansas

Torreyson West 302

201 Donaghey Ave. Conway, AR. 72035


Application Form