Experience China Summer Camp

Information about 2015 camps coming soon!

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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Email for additional information, or call 716-645-6840.


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:, and/or Culture



Experience China After-School

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


Chinese One-on-One Tutoring

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


Community Chinese Language Class

  • All courses are taught by experienced native speakers
  • Classes are designed for adult learners. High school students are welcome.
  • Instruction emphasizes communicative approaches and develops the four fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Classes meet 6:00-8:00pm in the Confucius Institute’s new office suite (113 UB Commons)
  • Convenient parking is available in the UB Bookstore lot and the Furnas lot.

Not sure which class is right for you? Email us or call 716-645-9090 to set up a brief evaluation.

Tuition: $300 for 15 weeks, includes all textbooks and other classroom materials.

Click here for a registration form. Please return it by fax (716-645-5002), email, or in person by Thursday, September 10. Payment can be made in advance or at the first class.

Fall 2015 schedule

Beginning Chinese

Mondays, beginning September 14

6:00-8:00 pm, UB Commons, Suite 113

Builds basic skills for work, travel or educational enrichment. Content can be adjusted based on the needs and interests of students.

Intermediate Chinese

Tuesdays, beginning September 15

6:00-8:00 pm, UB Commons, Suite 113

A comprehensive listening, speaking, reading and writing course working in book 2 of the series Learn Chinese with Me.

Business Chinese

Thursdays, beginning September 17

6:00-8:00 pm, UB Commons, Suite 113

Focuses on language for business situations. Involves the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Assumes intermediate proficiency or higher.


Students can sign up for tutoring at a time that is convenient for them. Our students have included middle and high school students, businesspeople, diplomats and others. Contact us for more information about tutoring.

Standard tutoring fee: $25/hour; $20/hour for UB students, faculty and staff

If the Confucius Institute needs to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances, registration fees will be refunded in full.

Students do not receive university credit for completing these language courses.


Questions? Email or call 716-645-9090.


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

Attention High School Students! Travel to China this Summer!

Confucius Institute Headquarters has announced the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students, a 15-day study tour to China. Students spend time in Beijing and travel as a group with other Buffalo-area students for language instruction and tourist experiences.  Chaperones selected by the UB Confucius Institute will accompany the Buffalo student delegation. Students pay the cost of international airfare, visa (and U.S. passport, if they don't have one), and occasional snacks and souvenirs. All other costs, including lodging, meals, domestic transportation in China, and language instruction are covered by Confucius Institute Headquarters (aka Hanban).

Dates: July 16-31

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 23 (students will be notified of selection sometime in April)

View an informational flyer for China Bridge Summer Camp

Read an introduction to the program from Confucius Institute Headquarters

Download an application form here.

Download the chaperone application form here.


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.