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The UK Confucius Institute 2017 Summer China Trip for Kentucky High School Students

Summer China Study Trip for KY High School Students


The UK Confucius Institute is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer China Trip for Kentucky High School Students — a 14-day study tour of China hosted by the UK Confucius Institute and designed to help high school students to expand their Chinese language and culture experiences.

Since this trip is sponsored and subsidized by the UK Confucius Institute, the accepted participants will receive a special scholarship to cover all expenses within China (meals, accommodation, inter-city transportation by air or train, admission to cultural and historical sites, tuition for studying at Shanghai University, local transportation, airport pick up). Participants will bear the responsibility for international round trip airfare, insurance and Visa application fee.

The travel dates are: June 12 to June 26, 2017.

All applicants should meet the following criteria:

1. United States citizen;

2. Currently enrolled high school student (grades 9-12) between ages 14 and 18;

3. Non-Chinese learning background and less than three years of Chinese learning experience;

4. Great interest in Chinese language and culture;

5. Adequate health for international travel.

Application Process:

  1. To apply online, visit:

2017 UKCI High School Students' China Trip Online Application

  1. Request a reference letter from a teacher or principal.

All application materials should be sent to Mr. Zengxiang Yang at zya229@uky.edu.

Application deadline: February 26, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email Mr. Zengxiang Yang at zya229@uky.edu for further information or questions.

Thank you for your interest and cooperation. We anticipate another successful trip this year and look forward to receiving Kentucky high schools students this summer for this exciting opportunity.

For your reference, this trip has been a great success in last five years since its inauguration. I have attached some comments below from some of our past participants:

“Going to school in Xi'an was one of the coolest things I have ever done because I got to see how people my age live. All the students were very nice and by the first day I felt at home sitting in class with the students.” –Kellye, 2013 Participant

“The experience was more than I could have asked for. Not just touring the country, but with other students like myself from other parts of Kentucky was eye-opening. The trip was truly amazing and I've learned so much about the world and myself. With this, the future is looking a lot brighter and I'm excited to start my senior year!” –Kyle, 2013 Participant

“Being able to be in China for two weeks was an experience that I will not soon forget and has shown me how different some parts of the world could be and how great traveling the world is and how it helps you truly understand people and their lives.”—JT, 2014 Participant

“This trip has provided me with some of the most helpful experiences I could ask for. I learned how adapt to new living circumstances, how to become responsible of your utmost important belongings, how to live with a total stranger (don't worry, I ended up loving my roommate), and how to stay positive”—Madison, 2014 Participant

“The University of Kentucky's Confucius Institute summer trip to China made traveling to a foreign country the best, worry-free experience of a lifetime. The trip was sponsored, safe, easy, and unforgettable. It was both a wonderful learning experience and chance to tour and explore China.”—Naomi, 2016 Participant

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Best Regards, 

Huajing Maske, Ph.D
Executive Director, Office of China Initiatives
Director, Confucius Institute
University of Kentucky International Center | Confucius Institute
113 Bradley Hall | Lexington, KY 40506-0058


E: huajing.maske@uky.edu
P: 859.257.4607
F: 859.323.1026

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