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Courses and Workshops

Fall Classes will begin in early September, view the class schedule now!

US-China Dialogue

On April 9th, 2015 as the cherry blossoms bloomed in the city of Washington, the George Washington University Confucius Institute welcomed two very famous scholars from the top universities in Chin

Religion in Contemporary China

Along with China’s astonishing economic growth in recent years, Chinese religions have enjoyed a remarkable renaissance.

Chinese Medicine Lecture

On Saturday, April 18, three renowned guest-speakers, Dr. Haibo Cheng, Dr. Weixing Shen and Dr.

Dialogue with Kato Yoshikazu

On Tuesday, April 28, renowned Japanese scholar Kato Yoshikazu will host this cross-cultural dialogue on China, Japan and the US. 

Chinese Tea Exhibition & Seminar

On Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2, The Guangdong Provincial Tea Culture Promotion Association will open an exhibition and participate in Chinese tea culture performances.

Symposium with Dr. Lu & Dr. Ma


Summer Tour of China

On June 29th, 2015 GW Confucius Institute and GWU students participated in a 14-day experiential learning tour of China. Participants visited historically and culturally significant locations in Sh

The GW Confucius Institute

The GW Confucius Institute was established in 2013 to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and encourage increased research in China studies. Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.), GW's Confucius Institute is one of 465 across the world and the first in Washington, D.C. GW President Steven Knapp serves on the Council of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the governing body of institutes worldwide.

Learn Mandarin 

We teach Mandarin to students of all levels and are conveniently located in downtown Washington, DC. Studying Chinese language and culture has many practical applications, including professional, travel and personal goals. We also develop customized classes for organizations and groups across a variety of fields.

Attend an Event 

GW's Confucius Institute holds numerous cultural celebrations and events throughout the year, including Chinese holidays and language competitions. Often, our activities are free and open to public. We offer unique opportunities for the local community to gain insight into Chinese practices like tea service, Eastern medicine and more. 

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Institute Goals

  • Expand the teaching of Chinese language and culture to the professional and government communities of D.C.
  • Provide a platform for research on China and Asia in a joint effort with Nanjing University
  • Strengthen GW’s relationship with China through collaborative and diplomatic endeavors