GW CI's Summer Tour of China 2020

At the base of the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum in Nanjing China

The 2020 Summer Tour has been put on hold until further notice due to COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvience. 


For the purpose of promoting the learning of Chinese language and culture, the George Washington University Confucius institute was honored to sponsor a group of students from the GW Confucius Institute as well as students from the university to take a tour in China during the summer of 2020. The dates are tentatively set for the period of May 25 - June 7*. The GW Confucius Institute’s partner institution in China, Nanjing University, hosted the tour. The tour visited historically and culturally significant locations in Nanjing, Beijing, and Shanghai. During the trip, participants had the opportunity to experience many aspects of culture firsthand.

*Dates and itinerary are subject to slight change


Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 18 years old
  • Current GW Confucius Institute Student or Current George Washington University Student
  • PRC Passport Holders Will Not Be Considered
  • Priority Given to First-Time Participants


Important Dates*

  • Registration Opens: January 13
  • Registration Closes: February 17
  • Acceptance Announcement: February 24
  • Participants Submit Flight Info by: March 2**
  • Orientation: Week of April 13
  • Tentative Trip Dates: May 25 - June 7


**Call the GW CI office (202-994-4808) if you are unable to meet the deadline.



In-country expenses will be funded by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, this will including local transportation, lodging, tour guides, admission fees and most meals. Students will be responsible for health-insurance coverage, international airfare and visa expenses.  The estimated expenses for students are listed below.


Estimated student expenses


International Airfare

$1,000-$2,000 (Estimated)

Visa Related Fees

$130-$160 (Expedited)

GW Travel Health Insurance 

(All are required to purchase)

$24+ (Estimated) 

Personal expenses, nights out, souvenirs, etc.

$50-$100 (Estimated) 


Testimonials From Past Participants

“…you can learn a lot in classrooms but there is no substitute for actually visiting a place to make what you’ve learn so much more real.” -Mara Pillinger


“I really felt I connected with Taiji and the Chinese style of painting while we were in Nanjing. Both gave me a new perspective on the Chinese way of life, the aspects that have survived thousands of years.” -Brenan Murray



2017 Summer Tour Photo Gallery