"Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition

About“Chinese Bridge”

The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition is a large-scale international contest sponsored by Hanban, and is well-known in the cultural and educational exchanges worldwide. It consists of 3 events: "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign High School Students and "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Students in China. The competition is held yearly, organized and carried out by the Organizing Committee.

In recent years, the "Chinese Bridge" Competition is carried out by Hanban in cooperation with local governments, and presented to the public through TV broadcast, which has achieved good effects. So far, the "Chinese Bridge" Competition for College Students has been held 8 times, and attracted 705 college students from over 60 countries participating in the semi-finals and finals in China. The "Chinese Bridge" for High School Students has been held twice. Nearly 200 secondary school students from over 20 countries were invited to China to share their achievements and happiness during their Chinese learning. The "Chinese Bridge" for Foreign Students in China, co-hosted by Hanban and CCTV's Overseas Program Center, has been held twice, which attracted about 200 foreign students from over 40 countries in China to compete with each other. The total number of participants for preliminary rounds of the three contests has exceeded 800,000.

The "Chinese Bridge" Competition aims to arouse the enthusiasm of students in various countries in learning Chinese and strengthen the world's understanding of Chinese language and culture. At present, the competition has become an important platform for college students of various countries to learn Chinese language and learn about China. It builds a communication bridge between young people of China and other countries. Just as the words of Liu Siwen, first place winner of the 8th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, "The 'Chinese Bridge' brings us a kind of luck. I will keep the luck and the friends in my heart. We will get together again, because our future will surely links with China. "

“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Program

Program Introduction

The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students Program is a large-scale international competition organized by Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban). Since its launch in 2002, this annual event has been held 11 times and attracted more than 1,000 college students from over 80 countries to participate in the semi-finals and finals in China. In addition, there are more than 300,000 students all over the world involved in the preliminary rounds. This competition is now an important platform for international college students to learn the Chinese language and understand more about China. It also serves to help young people in the world better communicate with one another. The contents of the competition include Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural talents and comprehensive learning abilities. Students who win the preliminary rounds held in their countries qualify to come to China for the semi-finals and finals. They will also get scholarships to further their studies in China as rewards.

Competition Procedure

1. Participants

College students with foreign nationalities, aged between 18 and 30 and overseas-born, whose first language is not Chinese.

2. Participation Process

(1) Preliminary Rounds

The educational or cultural offices of Chinese Embassies (Consulates) or Confucius Institutes organize the overseas preliminary competitions, select and recommend contestants to attend the semi-finals held in China. Each contest region can also recommend one outstanding contestant to come to China to view the competition.

(2) Semi-finals and Final Round

In each July, the semi-final round selects the players for the final round through testing their Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural talents, etc. The final round results in the special award and the first, second and third place winners as well as the single award winners through elimination competitions. Please go to the “Chinese Bridge — Official Chinese Competition website” (http://bridge.chinese.cn) for the detailed information.

“Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students Program

Program Introduction

In order to kindle the interest and passion of foreign youth in learning Chinese and in better understanding Chinese language and culture, Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban) initiated the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary Students in 2008. As of today, the competition has been held five times, and has witnessed over 900 contestants representing more than 50 countries. Over 20,000 students have participated in the preliminary competitions in their own countries. The contents of the competition include Chinese language proficiency, knowledge about China, Chinese cultural talents and comprehensive learning abilities. Students who win the preliminary rounds held in their countries will qualify to come to China for the finals. They will also get scholarships as awards to further their studies in China.

Competition Procedure

1. Participants

Foreign high school students aged from 15 to 20 with foreign nationality, born and grown outside of China, first language is not Chinese.

2. Competition Process

(1) Preliminary Rounds

The educational or cultural offices of Chinese Embassies (Consulates) or Confucius Institutes organize the overseas preliminary competitions, select and recommend the winners to attend the final held in China. Outstanding contestants are also recommended to come to China to view the competition together with an accompanying teacher from their country.

(2) Final Round

The final round will result in the first, second and third group awards and the first, second and third individual awards as well as the single awards through a number of competitions in each October. Please login to the official “Chinese Bridge” website (http:// bridge.chinese.cn) for more details.

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