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Three students at a performance playing stringed instruments with Chinese lanterns in the background

Students performed at the institute's 2019 Dumpling Night, a celebration of the Lantern Festival (元宵节).

The George Washington University Confucius Institute (GW CI) is committed to promoting the study of Chinese language and culture, teaching Chinese proficiency and promoting increased research in the area of China studies at the George Washington University and throughout the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. GW CI offers the highest quality instructional training and certification in Chinese language.

The GW CI was established in 2013 and is one of the 530 Confucius Institutes hosted in more than 140 countries worldwide. As the only Confucius Institute in the nation’s capital, we are uniquely positioned to serve constituents both in D.C. and throughout the broader international community.



Happening at the Confucius Institute

Panel Discussion on "this body is so impermanent...", 3.24 7pm, Virtual



Panel Discussion on this body is so impermanent...

Join us for an evening of art and meditation through our discussion of the amazing film, this body is so impermanent... This concept calls for a timely discussion as we are in a global pandemic. To memorialize this unprecedented challenge faced by all mankind on this earth, the film offers an opportunity of understanding, reflection and empathy. 

To accompany the DC Environmental Film Festival screening of this body is so impermanent..., the GW Confucius Institute partnered with Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art to present a panel that can offer the public a cross-disciplinary discussion from the perspective of art, art therapy, religion, health/wellness, and more.


Upcoming Events 


2020 Announcements Regarding COVID-19

In adherence with GW university-wide policies, the GW Confucius Institute has made several necessary changes:

  • The office is temporarily closed to visitors until further notice.
  • All classes and events have transitioned online.
  • Special tuition discounts are applied for this semester.
  • HSK Chinese Proficiency Testing will be put on hold until further notice.
  • Sponsored programs abroad, such as the 2020 Summer Tour of China, are cancelled.