Confucius News

Courses and Workshops

Spring Registration has begun, visit our class registration page for more information! Registration will close January 6th.

Smithsonian Chinese New Year Family Festival

On January 30th, join SAAM to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year Family Day Activities at the Kennedy Center

On February 6th, a number of free activities highlighting Chinese culture will be offered for kids of all ages--including Beijing Opera stage makeup demonstration and costume dress-up with photos,

China Through the Lens of John Thomson

From Sunday, September 19 to Sunday, February 14, this exhibition presents a stunning selection of Thomson’s photographs displayed alongside contemporaneous pieces from The Textile Museum’s collect

Curating History Dialogue

On September 4, 2015, three visitors from Japan came to visit GWCI through an international visitor leadership program organized by the Department of State of the United States.

Wilson High School Cultural Presentation

On September 10, 2015, the GW Confucius Institute was invited by Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, DC to presented a lively showcase of Chinese culture for a ninth grade World History Class

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

On Tuesday, September 22, a Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration was held at the newly renovated GW Confucius Institute building.

Kungfu Performance

On October 1, 2015, The George Washington University Confucius Institute co-sponsored a Chinese Kung-Fu Show together with Tianjin University of Technology, Alice Deal Middle School, and the Confuc

2015 Jiangsu Cup

On November 1, 2015, the 5th annual Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech competition was held at the George Washington University.

Cross-Cultural Calligraphy Seminar

On November 12 - 13, 2015 the GW Confucius Institute and the Confucius Institute of Pfieffer University will host a seminar on calligraphy culture and history. This event is open to the public.

CCTV Interviews

CCTV interviews GWCI Student Ambassador & GW Students about Chinese New Year Gala.

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