2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation to China

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Priority Application Deadline: July 24, 2017

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The College Board is pleased to announce the 2017 Chinese Bridge Delegation, a weeklong program in China to help educators start or strengthen their institution's Chinese programs and partnerships. Highlights include school visits, cultural activities and educational workshops. Leaders from K-12 institutions are invited to apply for this unique educational trip to China as guests of Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban).

The delegation provides an opportunity to:

  • Visit Chinese K-12 schools , meet with Chinese educators, observe classes and interact with students
  • Establish meaningful partnerships with Chinese education institutions and network with U.S. colleagues
  • Attend presentations on best practices and gather resources to build and support Chinese language and culture programs
  • Experience China firsthand and marvel at the rich traditional culture set against stunning modern development


November 2–11, 2017

Who is eligible?

Selection priority will be given to:

  • K-12 district administrators, school leaders, and other education decision-makers actively seeking to develop new/expanded Chinese programs. Selected participants are expected to be actively involved in, and able to speak about, their institution's efforts to build or expand a Chinese language and culture program.

Multiple applicants from the same institution will be considered but each applicant is required to submit an individual application.

Note: First-time participants and former delegates are welcome to apply. All applications are subject to individual review and approval and compliance with applicable laws.

Cost to delegates

The program sponsor Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters covers hotels, meals, ground transportation, visits to cultural and historical sites, and other in-China costs.

Participants are responsible for:

  • International Airfare (depending on hub, approximately $800 - $1000)
  • U.S. domestic travel costs to a designated international hub airport. (depending on hub, approximately $300 - $400)
  • International travel insurance. (Prices vary)
  • U.S. passport application fees and processing fee. ($140 application fee plus $63 processing fee)

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
    • 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 May 8, 2017, 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 https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.

How can I apply to join the Delegation?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply now

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