U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

2013 STARTALK Chinese Student Program

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 Monday, July 15th through Saturday, July 27th (Except Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st).

Daily activity runs from 9am to 3:30pm (Residence is not provided). Complimentary breakfast and lunch are provided on campus


Bryant University campus


$50 material fee paid upon acceptance.


  • Customized lessons based on National Standards of Foreign Language Education, taught by experienced Chinese language instructors
  • Small student-centered class instruction to accommodate multiple levels of Chinese proficiency and different learning styles
  • Well-designed cultural workshops and activities associated with language learning
  • Optional subsidized study trip to China (high school participants only)


  • Intensive Chinese language classes at multiple levels by experienced Chinese language instructors
  • Customized lessons on a theme-based curriculum: “Panda Family” and “My Virtual Trip to China”
  • Well-designed cultural workshops and activities in the afternoons, including martial arts, calligraphy, folk arts, table tennis, Chinese movies, and more
  • One resourceful field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and Kim Man Market in Quincy, MA


High school student will have the opportunity to travel to China for two weeks. For more information, please visit 2013 K-12 Study Trip to China.


Previous Chinese experience is NOT required. Applicants should complete Application Form (downloadable) and the following materials:

  • Bryant University Waiver Form and Media Release Form.
  • Cover letter addressing “Why I want to participate in the STARTALK Chinese Program.” 
  • Latest copy of your transcript
  • One recommendation letter from a teacher

All application materials shall be mailed in a sealed envelope to the address below:

Ms. Kun Xie 
Confucius Institute 
Bryant University 
1150 Douglas Pike 
Smithfield, RI 02917

Do NOT include $50 program fee in the application package. It will be collected upon acceptance.

The application deadline is Friday, May 31st. Acceptance notification will be sent out by mid-June. 

Seats are limited. Acceptance priority will be given to first-time applicants. Return applicants are required to take a placement test. Only students demonstrating progress in Chinese learning since 2012 STARALK  will be accepted. Applications with similar background, priority will be given to earlier applicants. 


“I am making lifelong friends, wonderful experiences, a plethora of knowledge of Chinese culture and history, and a thirst for more knowledge of China and its language.”

“I met some great friends, learned a lot, and most importantly had a ton of fun. China is a growing world power and even a slight knowledge of China’s language and culture is a very good thing to have.”


For more information, please contact Ms. Kun Xie, Assistant Director for Confucius Institute, at (401) 232 6883, or kxie@bryant.edu.