Language LEAP: Chinese Program

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Application deadline is January 31, 2017. Apply now!

The College Board and Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) are happy to announce the launch of the Language LEAP (Learning, Engaging, Applying, Propelling): Chinese Program in the summer of 2017. The Language LEAP: Chinese Program is a unique opportunity for US institutions to bring students to participate in a two-week study abroad program in Beijing, China from July 2-16, 2017.

The Language LEAP: Chinese Program is overseen and administered by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. The program will focus on the application of knowledge about Chinese language and culture in a real-life, immersive environment. During the two-week program students will study and live at Beijing Language and Culture University, one of China’s top universities for linguistic and cultural studies. The program will consist of a mix of Chinese language and culture coursework as well as study visits to cultural and historical sites in Beijing. In order to foster a truly immersive environment, the entire program will be strictly administered in Chinese.

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Institutions may apply to bring a group of high school students who are currently enrolled in Chinese language classes and who are planning to enroll in the Chinese Language and Culture AP course for the 2017-18 school year. Please note that the program is only accepting applications from public school districts and private/charter schools; group applications and individual students will not be considered for participation.

Districts and private schools will apply through an application form, and the College Board will review applications and make recommendations to Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters for participation based on a series of eligibility criteria. Hanban will be responsible for the planning and administration of the in-China program. Individual students will not be recommended, only district or private school groups. Groups of less than 5 students will not be considered. Funding for an accompanying chaperone will be based on a 10 student to 1 chaperone basis, and all applying districts will be responsible for adhering to local school district travel guidelines and regulations, including accommodating any local chaperone to student ratio requirements. Official number of spaces for each district or school will be confirmed after applications are reviewed in January 2017.

The College Board and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters enthusiastically encourages school districts and private schools which offer AP Chinese Language and Culture to identify a group of 5 or more eligible students and to apply for this dynamic and transformative Chinese Language and Cultural immersion study program in Beijing, China.

For more information, please contact k12chinese@collegeboard.org  or call (212) 520-8650. 

During the Language LEAP: Chinese program, student participants will:

  • Participate in Chinese language and culture courses at the Beijing Language and Culture University;
  • Enrich their Chinese language knowledge through coursework taught in Chinese;
  • Explore how the Chinese language is used in a variety of modern, daily scenarios and professional environments;
  • Network with students from across the US and China in an international setting;
  • Visit cultural and historical l sites in and around Beijing.

The application deadline is January  31, 2017. 

  • The LEAP Program takes place from July 2-16, 2017.

Registration is currently open through January 31, 2017.

Please return your completed registration forms to k12chinese@collegeboard.org.

Download Registration Form

 

To be considered for participation in a district student group, selected students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 16 years of age or older before July 2, 2017;
  • Hold a valid U.S. passport with an expiration date of January 2, 2018 or later;
  • Be enrolled as a high school student in a U.S. school district or private school and currently enrolled in a Chinese language class;
  • Be registered or planning to enroll in AP Chinese Language and Culture for the 2017-2018 school year;
  • Have a “B” or above in Chinese, as well as be well balanced overall academically.
  • Be recommended for participation by both their current Chinese teacher and district or school administration

Selection process:

  • The College Board will review applications and make recommendations to Hanban for participation.
  • Selected school districts and schools will be asked to review and sign a document which outlines the terms and conditions of participation before being finally accepted into the program.

Note: Interested school districts and private schools are encouraged to apply as early as possible. All applications are subject to individual review and approval and compliance with applicable laws.

  • $500 program participation fee
  • US domestic travel to an international hub airport (if necessary).
  • International travel insurance
  • Chinese visa application fees
  • US passport application fees (if necessary)
  • Personal miscellaneous costs (if any)
  • Costs incurred by any extra chaperone(s) (The program covers one (1) chaperone per ten (10) students) (*If additional chaperones are required based on district policy then districts will be required to allocate funds accordingly for participation.)

Note: Program fees will be collected directly from Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters from participating districts, not from individual students. Districts will be required to collect funds and to adhere to district international travel regulations and guidelines. Districts may choose to fundraise or use district funds to support in-need student candidates at their own discretion.

Costs covered by the program

The following costs are covered by the program for students and for one (1) chaperone for every ten (10) students:

  • International round-trip air tickets to Beijing from designated U.S. travel hub cities and local transportation costs in China
  • Accommodation and meals on a secure university campus

Travel credentials

Participants 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 2, 2018, or later). Proof of a valid passport will be required to confirm participation of selected participants.

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.