Programs

Experience China Summer Camp

Not everybody has the opportunity to go to China; however, everybody can experience China right here in Western New York. UBCI organizes an annual summer day camp in Buffalo to stimulate student interest in learning about Chinese language and culture. In partnership with UB's College of Arts and Sciences, Experience China Summer Camp is designed for K-12 students who are interested in learning the Chinese language, practicing Chinese art and handicrafts, enjoying music and games, and experiencing Chinese culture and tradition. It is a great experience for new learners of Chinese as well as for Chinese language students who want to continue and broaden their learning over the summer.

2013 Experience China Summer Camp Videos

2013 Experience China Summer Camp at Lewiston-Porter 

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2013 Experience China Summer Camp at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

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Click here for a summer camp brochure. Email ubci@buffalo.edu for additional information, or call 716-645-6840.

Registration information will be available soon.

 

Chinese Language and Culture Clubs

Chinese Language and Culture Clubs are a joint effort between the Confucius Institute at University at Buffalo and EZ Mandarin of Western New York, and in partnership with local communities and school districts. The purpose and goal is to bring Chinese culture to the communities. With varieties of visual aids and an interactive approach, we will immerse students and community members in a unique experience as they learn about Chinese Culture and Language.

For more information, please click Language Club:

http://www.ezmandarinwny.com/site/Language_Club.html, and/or Culture

Club: http://www.ezmandarinwny.com/site/Culture_Club.html

Experience China After-School

For a program brochure, click here

Children can Experience China through an immersion program designed by UBCI and Gold Summit Organization for the Development of Eastern culture (GSODEC) that helps kids learn and experience China right in the Buffalo Niagara Region. The program consists, each meeting time, of 1 hour class in Chinese language learning and cultural activities and a 2nd hour in authentic Chinese Kung Fu training. Kung Fu is instructed by Head Teacher of Gold Summit Institute. The class meets twice a week. Students have the option to register for the whole program or just one hour of either Kung Fu only or language only.

The Experience China After-School Program takes place at GSODEC in Kenmore, New York.

Price: $59 for 2 weeks, for Chinese Martial Arts or Chinese Language classes. Other pricing options are for the full 14 week program. $699 in full, or 2 payments of $369

 

Language Classes

For the general language classes brochure, click here.

 

Chinese One-on-One

This program provides individual tutoring services to students of all ages based on the specific needs of each student, or small group of students.

 

After School Chinese for K-12

This class is specifically designed for K-12 students to learn the Chinese language and experience the culture of China. It features basic vocabulary introduced through games, singing and other fun activities. This class meets for two hours per week over 10 weeks, for a total of 20 hours in various schools and districts in Western New York. The first hour will be new lessons, while the second hour will give students an opportunity to participate in cultural activities and to practice what they have learned from the lessons. In most cases, students have the option to sign up for new lessons only (the first hour) or stay for the whole session.

 

Community Chinese Language Class

Noncredit basic Mandarin Chinese classes designed for individuals who want to learn to speak Chinese, who have an interest in China, or who may want to travel to China.

All classes run 6:00-8:00 pm at the Confucius Institute, Baldy Hall, UB North Campus.

The registration fee of $420 for each 16 week class includes textbooks and other materials.

Fall 2014 Community Language Classes

Chinese Level 1A

Mondays, beginning September 1 (16 sessions)

This is a noncredit basic Mandarin Chinese class designed for adult beginners (including high school students) who have an interest in Chinese language and culture or who may be planning a trip to China. The class will meet 2 hours per week for 16 weeks. Each class will consist of new lessons along with review and practice of material previously introduced.

Click here for a registration form.

Chinese Level 1B

Wednesdays, beginning September 3 (16 sessions)

This is a noncredit Mandarin Chinese class designed for adult learners (including high school students) who have completed Chinese Level 1A or the equivalent. For those who have not completed Chinese Level 1A or a similar course, a proficiency test will be administered. The class will meet 2 hours per week for 16 weeks. Each class will consist of new lessons along with review and practice of material previously introduced.

Click here for a registration form.

Chinese Level 2A

Mondays, beginning September 1 (16 sessions)

This is a noncredit Mandarin Chinese class designed for adult learners (including high school students) who have completed Chinese Level 1B or the equivalent. For those who have not completed Chinese Level 1B or a similar course, a proficiency test will be administered. The class will meet 2 hours per week for 16 weeks. Each class will consist of new lessons along with review and practice of material previously introduced.

Click here for a registration form.

Chinese Level 2B

Wednesdays, beginning September 3 (16 sessions)

This is a noncredit Mandarin Chinese class designed for adult learners (including high school students) who have completed Chinese Level 2A or the equivalent. For those who have not completed Chinese Level 2A or a similar course, a proficiency test will be administered. The class will meet 2 hours per week for 16 weeks. Each class will consist of new lessons along with review and practice of material previously introduced.

Click here for a registration form.

If you need additional information or to register by phone, contact Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu at qiaomeil@buffalo.edu or call 716-645-6480.

 

Guest Teacher Placement in Local Schools

A major function of UBCI is to provide teachers to schools to help them establish or expand Chinese language programs. Trained teachers of Chinese as a foreign language are selected from UB's partner university, Capital Normal University in Beijing, and from a pool established by CI Headquarters. Candidate teachers are then interviewed by UBCI staff. The teachers chosen to come to Western New York are placed in local schools based on the expressed needs of the local school or district.

Each participating school/district signs an agreement with UBCI establishing the responsibilities of each party. UBCI supervises teachers during their stay and provides professional development opportunities. Guest teachers are generally expected to stay two years in their positions, although some may only stay for one year.

Priority for assigning teachers will be based on the interest expressed by schools and districts, their willingness to enter into agreement with UBCI and support the work of the teachers, and the assessment of UBCI staff of the potential for the placement to contribute to the establishment of a new Chinese language program or the strengthening of an existing one.

 

Chinese Bridge for American Students

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 6!

Hanban has organized and sponsored the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American High School Students for the last six years to promote exchange between the youth of China and the U.S. By offering students the opportunity to experience China first-hand, Hanban encourages further study of China in college and beyond. UBCI coordinates the applications of individuals or local schools that wish to enroll participants, guides participants in the visa application process, and conducts orientation sessions.

The 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is a two-week study tour in China, July 9-25, 2013. Participants pay for their airfare (sometimes upwards of $2,000), passport and visa application fees, and travel insurance. Accommodations, meals, domestic travel, and fees in China are covered by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. This is an incredible opportunity for qualified high school students to spend two weeks in China learning Chinese language and culture.

Space is available this year for 30 students and 3 chaperones. Applications (including references) are due no later than May 6. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so time is of the essence. We expect a very competitive process. Those who delay could be disappointed. Please click here for detailed information and application form.

Orientations will be organized once the list of participants is finalized. Detailed daily itinerary and travel handbook will be available at the orientation.

Click here to view the Travel Handbook for the 2012 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for American Students.

 

Chinese Bridge for American Schools

With the assistance of the Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC), UBCI organizes an annual study tour to China for K-12 school administrators and teachers. This week-long program helps educators start and strengthen their institution's Chinese programs and partnerships. School and district leaders attend the educational trip to China as guests of Hanban. The itinerary includes partnership-building activities, school visits, and educational workshops.  

Video from recent Chinese Bridge Study Tours

2011 Chinese Bridge for American Schools

2010 Chinese Bridge for American Schools

 

Chinese Classes for Businesses and Other Organizations

Customized fee-for-service Chinese language and culture classes for businesses and other organizations. The format and timing of classes depend on the needs of the client.