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CI Summer School 2020

The date of this event is TBA.
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Summer School

The Confucius Institute at the VUB (VUB-CI) is organising the 4th edition of the VUB-CI Summer School in China. 

There is no better opportunity to discover China for yourself and put your Chinese language skills to the test. The VUB-CI Summer school takes place at two different Chinese cities - Beijing (Northern China) and Chengdu (Southern China)-  and visit temples, museums or other interesting turist attractions. During two weeks you will enjoy delicious food (Beijing-style roast duck and the flavourful and spicy kitchen of Sichuan!) and start grasping the intriguing complexity of Chinese society. Your Chinese language skills will be strengthened by the Chinese environment and Chinese language classes that are part of the trip. Most of all, you'll meet new people, make friends from different cultural backgrounds and have a tremendous amount of fun.

Do feeling that this experience is something for you?  Then read the eligibility criteria and conditions below and let us know if you would like to participate by registering through the online form below. Note that this is not the official registration, which will only open in March 2020.


The VUB-CI summer school takes place in July. Further dates and programme need to be specified with the partner institutions. 


The host institutions in China are our two VUB-CI partners: Renmin University of China (Beijing) and Sichuan University (Chengdu).


Candidates are eligible for sponsorship by the Confucius Institute at the VUB if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Being a student at the Confucius Institute language classes at the VUB.
  • Being a VUB student regularly enrolled at VUB
  • Having completed at least 39 hours of courses during the Autumn semester of 2019 or by the end of the Spring semester of 2020.

The HANBAN Confucius Headquarters also have the following requirements:

  • Age limit: if you are a student enrolled at VUB no age limit applies. If you are a Confucius Institute's student who is not enrolled at VUB, you must be between 15 and 30 years old.
  • Minumum of participants: the summer school is organised for a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 20 students. With less than 15 participants, an alternative summer school programme is possible in partnership with other institutions.

If you don't meet all the eligibility criteria you can still send us and email showing your interest at vub-ci@vub.be. We will see what we can do for you. 


The Confucius Institute covers the greater part of local expenses in China for all participants, including:

  • Accommodation at university dorms or hotel (depending on arrangements made)
  • Fees for the courses included in the program
  • Local group transports for trips and between cities
  • Entrance fees related to cultural visits.
  • Food during daytime activities. Dinner when preceded by an evening activity.

The following costs should be borne by the applicant. 

  • International A/R flight to China 
  • VISA application fees
  • Travel/health insurance
  • Other expenses such as metro/taxi, dinners, shopping etc. for any personal purpose.


A member of our CI team will leave from Brussels and will be accompanying the VUB-CI group for the whole duration of the Summer School.  Each partner university also has a designated contact person that will be following the group and all practical arrangements locally. An info session with more practical information and the possibility to ask questions will be organised in March 2020. 


The detailed program of the 2020 Summer Camp is being elaborated with our partners. In the meantime, you can already register below so that we can start collecting the info of whoever is interested. If you are registered below, you will receive an email with the official registration link in the course of March 2020. The current webform is not the official registration. In order to receive further information, please register here before 1 March 2020.