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.
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.
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.