Chinese language and culture camps open to students age 8 to 16

Contact: Korey Force

Confucius Institute at WMU Summer China Camp 2017.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Local students age 8 to 16 can experience Chinese language and culture this summer by attending camps at Western Michigan University during the month of July.

Four one-week sessions are being offered this summer, and there are still some openings for the remaining two sessions, which take place July 10-14 and July 17-21. The cost is $100 for one session, or $180 for both of the remaining sessions.

During the camps, students:

  • Learn and practice the Mandarin language.
  • Play traditional Chinese games.
  • Watch Chinese movies.
  • Try their hand at Chinese paper cutting, calligraphy painting and the Chinese yo-yo.

The Summer Chinese language and culture camps are hosted by WMU's Confucius Institute and take place in Sangren Hall.

For more information about the camps, visit

The Confucius Institute at WMU

A nonprofit organization, the Confucius Institute at WMU is designed to bring an authentic Chinese perspective to WMU and the Kalamazoo area. It was established in 2009 through a partnership with Beijing Language and Culture University, and is the fourth such institution in Michigan and the 61st founded in the U.S.

This on-campus institute is supported with funding from the Hanban that is matched by WMU. In addition, Beijing Language and Culture University annually provides teachers who are trained in teaching Chinese as a foreign language and conducting cultural courses.

To learn more about the institute, visit

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