Sponsored China Summer Tour

Every summer, GW CI sponsors a group of current and prospective GW CI students and current GWU students on an educational tour of 3 major Chinese cities for the purpose of promoting the learning of Chinese language and culture. Participants get to experience China firsthand by learning Chinese calligraphy and Tai'chi in Nanjing, petting baby pandas and enjoying famous street food in Chengdu, visiting the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, and so much more. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for students to explore China firsthand, who would lack the financial means otherwise, since all in-country expenses are covered by GW CI. GW students, GW CI students, and GW EAP Instructors have all been benefactors of this trip and gained a much deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture.

Map of Past Summer Tour Destinations (Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Leshan, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Shanghai)

Past Summer Tour of China Destinations (Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Leshan, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, and Shanghai)


COVID-19 Update

The 2020 summer tour has been put on hold until further notice and we apologize for any inconvience. 


Dates are tentatively set for the period of May 25 - June 7 (dates and itinerary are subject to slight change). The GW Confucius Institute’s partner institution in China, Nanjing University, will host the tour. This year's tour includes visits to historically and culturally significant locations in Nanjing, Beijing, and Shanghai. 

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

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

*Contact the GW CI office at (202) 994-4808) or [email protected] 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) 


Past Testimonials

2019 Summer Tour group photo

“Definitely my greatest experience through the GW CI, which was a phenomenal experience. A group of us went together, spent 2 weeks, saw 3 cities, so many attractions, so many sites...It’s a great opportunity you should not pass up.”


2018 Summer Tour Participant


“…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 Tai‘chi 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