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2018 K-8 Summer Camp at IUPUI

May 1st, 2018, 1:48 pm


JUNE 4th – JULY 27th, 2018

Daily Cultural Activity & Language Classes


For language learning, the younger the better. To better prepare our children to learn about China, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis offers a Chinese Culture summer day camp for K-8 students (at least 5 years old). The camp is held on the IUPUI campus, and last for one to eight weeks.


Students will have a full curriculum of Chinese, Calligraphy, Crafts & Sports, Singing & Dancing as well as Reading & Math.  Classes are taught by local Chinese Teachers and Teaching Assistants from IUPUI

Camp Location – LD 137 is the drop-off and pick-up location.  We will be at this location until 8:40am and at morning exercise until 8:55am.  Please take a look at the schedule/map so that you know where to drop off your child if you are running late.

Parking – Lot 83.  Map can be found here.  Parking Services has made it more easy to find parking and pay for your parking this year. You will need to use the Parking Kiosk to pay for your parking.  The kiosks accept cash (1’s and 5’s), credit card, coins and IU Crimson Cards. No change given.  Information about the kiosks can be found here.


M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

Pre/After Care 7:30am-6pm

No camp on July 4th


$180 per Week per Child or $150 per Week if registered for all 8 weeks per Child

$15 Material Fee (one-time payment) includes shirt, calligraphy set, book & game.  Waived if registered by April 2nd

Pre/After Care is $25 per week per child

Sibling Discount: Siblings receive $15 off each sibling, two or more.  One time only – email for code

Week of July 4th is prorated

What to Bring

Morning Snack, Lunch, Water Bottle and Silverware

Backpack, Notebook and Pencils

Math and Reading Book that is appropriate to your child’s level


Click here for schedule

7:30-8:30 Pre Care

8:30 Drop off

8:45 Morning Exercise

9:00-11:30 3 Morning Classes

11:45-12:30 Lunch

12:45-13:30 Recess

14:00-16:20 3 Afternoon Classes

16:30 Pickup

16:30-18:00 After Care


Click here for map of all locations

About Us

The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis is an apolitical, non-profit organization.  It was established at IUPUI in 2007 to promote the teaching of Chinese language and culture in central Indiana and facilitate mutual understanding between the peoples of China and United States.

Contact Us

Phone: 317-278-7900

Deadline to Register: May 7th, 2018 (extended to May 20th).  To sign up for additional weeks please contact to check availability.  We normally require 2 week notice.


2018 Summer Camp Flyer

2017 Camp Video

2017 Performance Video

2017 Performance Photos

2017 Children’s Museum Field Trip Photos

2017 Children’s Museum Field Trip Video

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2018 K-8 Summer Camp at IUPUI

May 1st, 2018, 1:48 pm





The Confucius Institute is looking for people (age 16 and older) who are interested in volunteering and participating in this year’s Indy 500 Festival Parade on Saturday May 26th in downtown Indianapolis.  Our Institute will be a sponsor and will have a giant Underdog balloon, as this is the year of the dog, that will require several handlers (no experience required).  If interested please see the attached instructions on how to register. In addition, you will also need to send an email to that you are planning to volunteer and let us know your shirt size.  Please forward this to anyone (friends, family, students, etc..) you think would be interested.

Further Details and Event-day Timeline

  • You will need to wear the Confucius Institute t-shirt (we will send out an announcement on when you can pick up at our Institute)
  • We will work on getting parking passes for everyone, but it would be best if you can carpool. Parking is normally in the REI Lots which are towards the end of the parade route around Meridian and 11th and 12 street.  You will need to display the parking pass on the windshield of your car.
  • You will need to wear black pants (no jeans or shorts)
  • Make sure you eat a good breakfast before you arrive. They normally have bananas, doughnuts and water as supplies last.
  • Prepare to put on sunscreen if the weather is hot or you can wear a hat. I would suggest that you leave bags and purses behind.
  • Balloon volunteers will report to the American Legion Mall, on North Street between Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets at 8:00 am.
  • You will check-in at the balloon check-in tent with one of the committee chairs who normally wears a 500 Festival polo shirt.  Let them know you are with Confucius Institute and with the Underdog Balloon.
  • Balloon inflation will begin at 8:15 am.
  • At 10:30 am you will be instructed on “balloon handling”.
  • At 11:30 am balloons will line up on North Street for integration into the parade line-up.


Held on the eve of the Indianapolis 500, 300,000 spectators from around the country lined the streets of Indianapolis for one of the nation’s premier parades, alongside the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The IPL 500 Festival Parade allows all spectators to witness the pageantry and larger-than-life floats light up the streets of downtown Indianapolis. Well-known celebrities, costumed characters, marching bands, patriotic units, specialty units, spectacular floats and giant helium balloons will fill the streets to celebrate the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.

The tradition continues with the 33 starting drivers of the Indianapolis 500 serving as honorary grand marshals the day before the race, riding in the traditional rows of three, with the winner of the pole position bringing up the rear.

Underdog Balloon Handler Registration Instructions

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2018 IPL 500 Festival Parade

April 11th, 2018, 9:54 am

The 2018 Chinese Language and Culture will have fun activities to participate and performances to enjoy. There are also Chinese language contests that many students can attend. Students have the chance to receive certificates and prizes!

Date: Sat. April 14th, 2018
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Place: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202


Registration (please see your contact below)

Regular Schools – Hangxin Yu

Contest deadline is 3/30/18

Contest Rules

NewHSKLevel1 NewHSKLevel2 NewHSKLevel3


College – Nian Zhang

Contest deadline is 3/30/18

Contest Rules


Sunday Schools – Susan Zhou

Contest deadline is 3/30/18

Contest Rules


Performance – Min Wang

Performance deadline is 3/23/18


Feenon-refundable (cash or check made payable to “IUPUI”)

Pre-registration: $5/person including admission and lunch

On-Site-registration: $8/person including admission and lunch

Volunteers: Free lunch and shirt

Performers: Free lunch


School Bus Travel Reimbursement

Provided to schools located 40 miles or more one way

Covers half the expense – fill out the following form School Bus Reimbursement

Special Permit required for Bus Parking

Bus deadline is 3/30/18


Maps & Parking

Campus Center Map

iupui map chinese fair – visitor parking located at Vermont Street Parking Garage (XB).  Rates $5 – $18.


2018 Chinese Fair Flyer

 2017 Video

2017 Chinese Language and Culture Fair (Photos)

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2018 Chinese Language and Culture Fair

February 2nd, 2018, 12:36 pm

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2018 Spring Chinese Culture Hour

January 17th, 2018, 3:47 pm

Mandarin Chinese is the standard and most widely spoken dialect of the Chinese language. As such, Mandarin Chinese is essential for Americans interested in doing business, vacationing, or studying in China. As Chinese businesses, tourists, and scholars travel to the United States in growing numbers, Americans are also finding Mandarin Chinese very useful here at home.

Join us for practical and enjoyable courses in Mandarin Chinese. All courses meet one session per week and are held in the Confucius Institute in Suite 129 at the IUPUI Campus, except as noted. Parking is the responsibility of the student.

Spring Non-Credit Courses (open to public)

Conversational Chinese I
Date & Time: Thursdays February 1, 8, 15, 22, March1, 8 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese I is intended for beginners and focuses on developing the student’s ability to use Chinese language in verbal communication. You’ll learn Chinese pronunciation, the most essential and useful conversational sentences and simple grammar in order to carry on basic conversations. You’ll have many opportunities to practice using the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in Chinese culture. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Conversational Chinese II
Date & Time: Thursdays March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese II is intended for people who’ve mastered basic Chinese conversation skills from Conversational Chinese I and would like to build on these skills. The course will help to develop your ability to use Chinese language in verbal communication. You’ll fine tune your pronunciation and learn more functional conversation skills and grammar in order to carry on more complex conversations. You’ll have many opportunities to practice using the language in a range of contexts likely to be encountered in Chinese culture. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Conversational Chinese III
Date & Time: Tuesdays January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese III is intended for people who have a basic knowledge of Chinese language. This course will build upon the vocabulary and grammar learned in basic Chinese studies. This intermediate course will help you to expand your vocabulary to incorporate more abstract terms and express more complex ideas and reasoning in Chinese. This course is intended to be a continuation of Conversational Chinese II. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Conversational Chinese IV
Date & Time: Tuesdays March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24 6:00pm-8:00pm
Description: Conversational Chinese IV is intended for people who have a basic knowledge of Chinese language. This intermediate course will build upon the vocabulary and grammar learned in basic Chinese studies, and expands that vocabulary to incorporate more abstract terms and express more complex ideas and reasoning in Chinese. This course is intended to be a continuation of Conversational Chinese III. Parking is the student’s responsibility.

Questions: Email:

Call: 317-278-7900

$150 per course. 6 classes in each course. Each class is 2 hours. Total of 12 hours of instruction per course.

Course refunds will be made based on cancellation date. A minimum of 4 students must be enrolled to keep the class
• Day of class or later …………………. 0%
• Two to Six business days before class…. 50%
• 1 week or more before class …………………………. 100%


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2018 Spring Non Credit Courses

January 10th, 2018, 9:37 am


 2017 Video

2017 Chinese New Year Celebration (Photos) –  韩冀宁相册, 徐造齐相册, @ling相册, 林超华相册, 王贤忠相册张大为相册韩先明相册陈可跃相册刘建英相册

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2018 Chinese New Year Events

December 20th, 2017, 3:45 pm

 2018 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for Indiana High School Students

The program will be held in China from 8th June to 23rd June, 2018. The high school students from Indiana are welcome to participate in the summer camp (student-chaperon ratio is about 10:1 with no more than 20 students accepted). This program is neither an Indiana University nor an IUPUI program; rather, the program is sponsored by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, otherwise known as Han Ban and coordinated by Confucius Classroom at Brownsburg School District. The coordinators are Mrs. Min Wang of Brownsburg High School and Mr. Noah Buonanno of Confucius Institute in Indianapolis.

The Program Introduction

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students is an annual Chinese language and culture experiencing activity sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) with the cooperation of the Confucius Institutes/Classroom in U.S. The program aims at enhancing Sino-U.S. youth exchanges, deepening high school students’ understanding of and personal experience with Chinese language and culture. The participant doesn’t require prior Chinese language instruction.

Itinerary in China (Beijing Time):

June 8th, Depart Indianapolis

June 9th, Arrive in Guangzhou, China. The students and chaperon will stay in the International Student Housing units on the campus of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). As a top ten university in China, SYSU has been hosting summer camps for college and high school students around the world for more than 10 years.

June 10th-June 19th, Take language and cultural classes at Sun Yat-sen University and visit nearby cultural sites

June 19th-June 22nd, Travel to Beijing (by train) and visit various cultural sites such as Great Wall and Forbidden city etc.

June 23rd, Return from Beijing to Indianapolis

Program Fee

The headquarters will be responsible for the cost in China including food, accommodation and group activities. Students and chaperons will be responsible for international travel/flight fees, international insurance, visa application fees and so on.

All students and chaperons should meet the following criteria:


1)American citizen (has U.S. passport);

2)High school students; Age between 14 and 18; grades from 9 to 12;

3)Have great interests in Chinese language and culture; no requirement on Chinese language background

4)Healthy enough for international travel;

5)Have willing to participate in all summer camp activities and comply with requirements.

6) Either have a valid passport or have already applied or in the process of renewing one.  We require you apply as early as you can as this might cause a delay.


1)Respect and understand Chinese culture;

2)Good at communication and adaptable to new environments;

3)With K-12 teaching, chaperone or administrative experiences;

4)Highly experienced in student management;

5)Healthy enough for international travel;

6) Either have a valid passport or have already applied or in the process of renewing one.  We require you apply as early as you can as this might cause a delay.

Chaperons also need to perform the following duties:

1) Assist Confucius Institutes/Classrooms in pre-departure for students;

2)Participate in all summer camp activities with students and comply with requirements;

3)Take the primary responsibilities for the safety of students during summer camp;

4)Help students adapt the environment and provide guidance for them;

5)Accompany students in emergency situation and provide help to contact their families;

6)Collect students’ feedbacks and hand in reports to Confucius Institutes/Classrooms.

Application and Selection

1) Students should submit the student application form with the personal application letter, school or teacher recommendation letter. Chaperon should submit the chaperon application and resume to the Confucius Institute/Classroom. You may send in your application separately from the recommendation letter.

2) The Confucius Institute/Classroom will administer the preliminary selection according to the submitted documents, review and confirm qualified candidates.

3) The Confucius Institute/Classroom will notify the students/chaperones of the selection results. Confucius Institute/ Classroom should sign acknowledgment with campers/chaperons.

Application deadline: 5 PM, April 20th (Friday), 2018.  – No more than 20 students will be accepted so please complete registration ASAP as we are on a first come first serve basis.  Please also send proof of passport or that you have already applied.


Passport: $135; additional $60 if it needs to be expedited

Passport Photos: $15 (FedEx); one for passport and one for visa

Visa: $140 for regular service (4 business days); or $160 Express Service (2-3 business days); additional costs if using an external visa service.

Health Insurance: Varies from each person’s health plans. Check with your insurance company as international health insurance is sometimes included in your plan.

International Flight (Arrive in Guangzhou on June 9th and Depart Beijing on June 23rd): ~$1500 (based on last year)

Costs will vary depending on individual expenditures


Confucius Institutes/Classrooms will start recruitment from today and collect application forms, recommendations and CVs. We will send invitations to students if they are verified. Once invitation letters has been received, the student’s will be responsible for securing their own visa’s and flight tickets. The Confucius Institute will help assist on how to apply for the visa as well as making reservation of international flight so the campers will travel together. Our Institute does not conduct any pre-departure orientations, but we will be able to provide you with a FAQ sheet and travel tips closer to the bridge date.


Name: Noah C. Buonanno




Address:Confucius Institute in Indianapolis at IUPUI, 425 University Boulevard, Cavanaugh Hall, Suite 129, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Student Application

Chaperon Application




2017 (Last Year) Handbook

2017 (Last Year) China Trip Program Schedule

Student Feedback: Jarod Leslie Ben

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2018 High School Summer Camp to China – June 8 to June 23

December 6th, 2017, 12:51 pm


Join anthropologist Ian McIntosh of IUPUI’s Office of International Affairs as he takes viewers on a fascinating trip to some of the key historical sites along the Maritime Silk Road, where he reveals links between the past and the present. Throughout its long history, China has alternately opened its borders and walled itself off from the outside world. Ports in southern China anchored the Maritime Silk Road as it became a melting pot of cultures, religions, and exotic goods.

Waves of Fortune: China’s Maritime Silk Road will air on WFYI 1 on Thursday, October 12 at 7:30pm, with production by Sandy Roob, videography and editing by Vinnie Manganello, and logistical planning and translation by Dr. Zao Cheng Xu.

Some subsequent rebroadcast schedules on WFYI. They include:

WFYI HD On-Air           Thu, 10/12/2017               19:30:00          7:30 p.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Fri, 10/13/2017                 05:00:00          5:00 a.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Fri, 10/27/2017                 03:30:00          3:30 a.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Tue, 10/31/2017                05:00:00          5:00 a.m.

WFYI HD On-Air           Thu, 11/30/2017                19:30:00          7:30 p.m.

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Waves of Fortune – China’s Maritime Silk Road

October 11th, 2017, 1:29 pm

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2017 Fall Chinese Culture Hour

August 30th, 2017, 11:02 am

The Chinese Festival in Indianapolis is taking place on Saturday September 23rd from 12:00pm-6:00pm at IUPUI Wood Plaza (W. NY & Blake St).  We are looking for volunteers to help setup, teardown and cleanup before, during and after the festival.  Each volunteer will receive a t-shirt, water and a lunch coupon.  We will be having a mandatory meeting on Friday September 22nd at noon at the Confucius Institute (Cavanaugh Hall Suite 129) to go over how to setup the tents and logistics.

Responsibilities include on Saturday September 23rd:

9:00am: Meet at Wood Plaza.  Volunteers will be split up in groups of 6.  Each group will first set up the 10×20 canopy tents.  Once completed, set up 10×10 canopy tents.  After all tents have been setup you will be moving tables and chairs to booth locations and trash totes to certain areas.

During Festival (noon-6pm): Cleaning up trash during the festival and assisting public.

6:00pm: Tearing down canopy tents and placing them into truck.  Once completed, move tables and chairs back to original location.  Finally moving trash tanks back to sidewalk.

We asked that you be available for both setup and teardown


Additionally, we are looking for individuals to help move our tents out of our storage that is located in the Lockefield Village Building on Friday September 22nd at 4pm and return tents on Saturday September 23rd after the festival.  Individuals that help with our tent storage will be compensated $10.50 an hour. Please contact if you are interested in this.

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