Chinese Language Camp

June 11 - June 19, 2021


The nine-day Chinese program with a total of 56 hours instruction in Chinese will allow up to 12 high school students (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who have limited, or no experience in Chinese, to attain novice-mid proficiency in the target language. In addition to classroom learning, students will be able to use language they learn in the classroom while exploring the 13,000 acres of natural beauty surrounding the university. We also encourage novice-high to intermediate level learners to join along as well, as there will be plenty of interaction with Chinese native speakers in and outside of the classroom. 

During each morning, students will engage in immersive language learning in the classroom. In the afternoon, students will continue to learn through project-based activities (e.g. hiking, organic gardening, biking, caving, etc.) while maintaining as much of an immersive environment as possible. The theme of “Environmental Stewardship” will provide ample opportunities for communication about food, geography, and culture; learning about the cultures and environments of China; connecting to art and history. By the end of the program, students will be able to handle many authentic tasks, including telling and asking about basic personal information, as well as commenting on the geography and environment of China and the USA. 

The anticipated cost per student for Sewanee's Chinese Language Camp is $1,250. This will cover all tuition, lodging, meals, COVID testing, and transportation associated with the program once students arrive on campus.


The exact dates of the Chinese Language Camp are from June 11 to June 19, 2021. Students will live in a residence hall on campus for the entire time, with the possibility of an overnight camping trip. 


Any current high-school student may apply. A strong interest in learning the Chinese language is highly encouraged.

Application Requirements

  • Students must be 14 years and older.
  • Students are not required to have prior Chinese language experience, but an interest to learn is.
  • Students should be prepared to participate in moderate outdoor activity, including potential hiking, biking, swimming, farming, and caving. 

Expected outcomes for our students include:

  • Improved language proficiency.
  • Increased intercultural communication skills, including knowledge of products, practices, and perspectives through their experience with Chinese and US culture.
  • Furthered interest in the learning of Chinese, outdoor experiences, and environmental studies. 

Participating students will develop a more nuanced view of their local environment, China, and the globe, as well as an appreciation for other cultures. Students will be better prepared to excel in a global society, and to care for their local environment. 


Marcus Murphy, C'07
INTERNATIONAL student advisor and Chinese Language Instructor, DSO