Call for Application for the 2015 Confucius Institute Scholarship

Now it is the time to submit your application for the 2015 Confucius Institute Scholarship offered through the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware.

Categories of the 2015 scholarship include:

  • Scholarship for Students of Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other LanguagesMTCSOL
  • Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Students
  • Scholarship for One-Semester Students

Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35 (Chinese language teachers in post shall be aged below 45, and applicants for BTCSOL scholarship should be aged below 20).

Recipients of the scholarship can choose from a list of will be studying in Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.

I. Scholarship Category and Application Requirement

  • Scholarship for Students of MTCSOL

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding performers on HSK exams, winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students, and outstanding graduates of Chinese language across the world for taking the MTCSOL degree. The scholarship winner shall begin the study in autumn 2015, and the grant will cover two academic years. Applicants are required to have bachelor degrees or its equivalent with a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 5) and a score of at least 50 on the HSKK (intermediate level), and make a written commitment stating that he/she will be engaged in Chinese language teaching for at least 5 years after graduation. Applicants with specific teaching posts arranged will be given admission priority (certification by the institution he/she will teach for is required). Hanban will provide support for outstanding graduates to return to their countries to teach.

  • Scholarship for One-Academic Year Students

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language across the world, and outstanding performers on the HSK, and those who intend to become Chinese teachers. The scholarship winner may choose to study majors including Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy. The time of entrance is autumn 2015 and the grant term is one academic year. Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on the HSK (level 3) and at least 60 on the HSKK (primary level).

  • Scholarship for One-Semester Students

The scholarship is provided to outstanding students of Confucius Institutes (Classrooms), winners of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students, overseas local Chinese language teachers, outstanding graduates of Chinese language across the world, and outstanding performers on the HSK. The scholarship winner may choose to study majors including Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History and Chinese Philosophy. The time of entrance is autumn 2015 or spring 2015 and the grant term is one semester. Applicants should achieve a score of at least 120 on the HSK (level 2) and at least 40 on the HSKK (primary level).

Applicants with HSK and HSKK scores will be given priority to all categories of scholarships. Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall arrange their applications in accordance with the prize specifications. Repetitive applications are invalid.

All applicants are encouraged to take HSK tests. The Confucius Institute at UD will offer HSK tests on April 18 and May 16. Please contact Ms. Kuangbin Fan (email fank@udel.edu) for details no later than April 7 for April tests and May 5 for May tests.

II. Scholarship Coverage and Criteria

Scholarship winners are exempt from registration fees, tuition, fees for basic learning materials, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a one-off resettlement subsidy, monthly allowance, outpatient medical service and comprehensive insurance for foreign students studying in China. Monthly allowances are at the following rates (CNY Yuan per month):

  1. CNY 2,500 for One-Academic-Year Students and One-Semester Students.
  2. CNY 3,000 for Master’s Degree Students.

III. Application Procedure

Applicants should create an account and log on to http://cis.chinese.cn, complete and submit the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form” online, and attach the electronic files of the following materials:

  1. Photocopy of passport photo page.
  2. Photocopies of HSK, HSKK score reports.
  3. Notarized highest education diploma attained (scheduled graduation proof or official proof of student status).
  4. Name and contact information of at least two academic or professional references.
  5. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.
  6. Winners of the finals of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions for Foreign College Students and for Foreign High School Students in China shall submit the certificate of scholarship. Winners of preliminary rounds of the “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competitions in their countries shall submit award proof and a reference letter from the Chinese Embassy (or Consulate) in the competition area.

Please also submit your application form, current resume and personal statement (please specify why you are interested in the scholarship and how it would benefit your future study and long term career goal) via email to fank@udel.edu or drop it off at the CIUD’s office on 121 E Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711.

Application Deadline: May 8, 2015

Please be advised that you will be asked to provide more documents once you pass the first round selection. First round interview will be held on May 15, 2015.

 

Chinese Bridge Summer Camp application deadline extended to March 11, 2015.

2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Flyer-extendedThe application deadline for the 2015 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is extended to next Wednesday March 11, 2015. Please make sure you submit your application to the CI office before the due date. Applications are accepted via either email at confucius@udel.edu (scanned copies) or regular mail to the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware, 121 E Delaware Ave, Newark, DE 19711.

Application information see HERE.

Questions please call (302)831-7190/7188.

CANCELLED: China Forum Lecture about Kung Fu and Confucianism on March 10, 2015

The following event is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled. Keep posted!

The Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 on UD campus.

Professor Peimin Ni, former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy, will talk about “A Gongfu Interpretation of Confucianism and Its Significance Beyond“.

ni-book-coverPeimin Ni is Professor of Philosophy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He was a graduate from Fudan University in China and received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. In addition to be the author of seven books, including On Confucius, On Reid, Confucius—Making the Way Great, and a forthcoming book, Understanding the Analects of Confucius: A New Translation of the Lunyu with Annotations, he published over 60 articles in academic journals, books, and public media. His New York Times articles “Kung Fu for Philosophers” and “Philosophers for Kung Fu” (Dec. 2010) marked his signature contribution to the study of Chinese philosophy and philosophy proper. He is a former President of the Association of Chinese Philosophers in America and the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and Editor-in-Chief of the ACPA book series on Chinese and Comparative Philosophy. He served as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and the University of Hong Kong, and was invited to be a keynote speaker at World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” and several other international conferences.

Please mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Tuesday March 10, 2015
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Location: Willard Hall (WHL) 007
Direction and parking info for Willard Hall: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NN04

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided after the event. The event is open to the public for FREE.

Teaching Chinese Through TPRS Workshop on March 21-22, 2015

TPRS-POSTERAre you currently a Chinese teacher? Or do you want to become one? The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Chinese Teachers Association (DECTA) present a Chinese Language Pedagogy Training Workshop, featuring “Teaching Chinese Through TPRS” with Dr. Terry Waltz.

Dr. Waltz has specialized in TPRS and Comprehensible Input-based instruction for Mandarin Chinese since 2000, and is the leading Mandarin Chinese TPRS specialist presenter in the US today. She serves as the TPRS Lead Teacher and Trainer at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s STARTALK program. Dr. Waltz is the author numerous TPRS-friendly 1st and 2nd year level-appropriate Chinese readers, including the Zhongwen Bu Mafan! Textbook. She is the originator of directional semantic/tonal gestures, the TOP system of tonal spelling, and the Cold Character Reading approach to Chinese literacy for CSL/CFL learners. Dr. Waltz holds a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education and dual MA degrees in Chinese Linguistics and Mandarin/English Conference Interpretation.

Dates: March 21-22, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Purnell Hall 116 on the University of Delaware Campus
Direction and parking instruction to Purnell Hall can be found here.

The workshop is open to the University of Delaware students and employees and DECTA member for FREE and $20 per person for other parties. Workshop certificate will be issued. Seats are limited. Register now below.

Chinese Corner and Chinese Movie Club at the CI

The Confucius Institute is proud to announce two programs to the general public for anyone who is interested in learning Chinese language through conversation or Chinese culture in movies : a weekly Chinese Corner and a bi-weekly Chinese Movie Club.

chinesecornerThe Chinese Corner program mainly focuses on conversations. It was first launched in January 2014 and just held its 35th session on the past Monday Feb. 23rd, 2015. The CI has decided to expand the program to more UD and community Chinese learners. Each session lasts about an hour and has either a topic, or a sentence structure, or a story-telling assignment for the participants to practice. Some examples of past topics include weather, directions, seasons, colors, geography, the word “了(le)”, “谁(who)”, “什么(what)”, “怎样(How)” and etc. We try to arrange individual Chinese native speakers as language partners for the participants. The current language partner and participant ratio is 1:2.

Chinese Corner program takes place on every MONDAY between 5:00 and 6:00 pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next evetn day is Monday March 2. Space limit: 15 people.

screening-clipart-movie-clip-art-3The Chinese Movie Night program focuses on contemporary  Chinese culture through motion pictures (movies or documentaries).  Each session lasts about two hours with a brief background introduction at the beginning and a a discussion session after the movie. Example of choices of movies to be shown include many less popular in the western market but influential ones in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or the east Asia such as Ang Lee’s 1993 movie “The Wedding Banquet, Xiaogang Feng’s 2001 movie “Big Shot’s Funeral”。

Chinese Movie Club program takes place on every other WEDNESDAY from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Confucius Institute Conference Room at 121 E Delaware Avenue. The next event day is Wednesday Feb 25th. Space limit: 15 people.

Both programs are open FREE to the community. Since space is limited, registration at least two days prior to the event day is REQUIRED. Please direct all regitration to Mr. Ji Wu at wuji@udel.edu.