Summer Program

Program Overview

This Summer Program takes UCSB students to study Chinese language and culture in China, and is sponsored by the Office of Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) in Beijing, in cooperation with the UCSB Confucius Institute and Shandong University in China.  Founded in 1901, Shandong University’s full-time student population totals up to 60,000, of which 41,103 are full-time undergraduates, 16,607 are postgraduates and 1,813 are international students.  The Summer Program takes UCSB students to our host, Shandong University in Jinan City to study Chinese language, history, and culture. It provides a language immersion experience that aims to strengthen students’ familiarity with Chinese language and their understanding of China. 

Besides daily language classes, students will also have hands-on experience in workshops learning the art of Chinese tea ceremony, Chinese musical instruments, and calligraphy.  They will visit the Shandong Museum to learn the ancient history of China through its archaeological treasures. They will also visit the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and other sights in Beijing, as well as the hometown of Confucius, Qufu in Shandong Province.

The Summer Program will be hosted by Shandong University’s College of International Education, which features the Center for Research and Experience of Traditional Chinese Culture. The College of International Education is engaged in international students' education, training professors for teaching Chinese abroad, development of the Confucius Institute, and the Chinese National Base for Chinese Language Promotion.

Interested students may apply to join our Summer Program when the calls for applications are sent out, usually in March or April of each year.  To make sure that you will receive the calls for application, please sign up for our email listserv by going to our Homepage of UCSB Confucius Institute, and clicking on Join Our Mailing List.

If our funding continues, students who are selected will only need to pay for their round trip airfare to China. Most domestic expenditures inside China, such as travel, accommodations, meals, teachers, and guides will be covered for two weeks by the Office of Hanban.