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 over 500 across the world and the first in Washington, D.C.

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. 

MISSION & PARTNERING INSTITUTIONS

乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院

Our Mission

The GW Confucius Institute promotes the study of Chinese language and culture, supports Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and encourages increased research in the area of China studies. Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.), the Confucius Institute is one of over 500 worldwide and the only in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

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Institute Goals

  • Expand the teaching of Chinese language and culture classes beyond current students to the professional and government community of Washington, D.C.
  • Provide a platform to facilitate research activities on China and Asian studies, through collaboration with Nanjing University.
  • Strengthen GW’s relationship with China through collaborative and diplomatic endeavors.
     

Collaborating Institutions

Hanban 
中国国家汉语国际推广领导小组办公室(国家汉办)

Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China—overseen by the Office of Chinese Language Council International and affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education—is providing GW with start-up funding and teaching resources

Since 2007, Hanban has sponsored nine visiting teaching fellows at GW. Thanks, in part, to the dedication of these fellows in coaching and tutoring students, GW students have won first place in the China Bridge Speech Contest for the Mid-Atlantic region for the past two years.

 

Nanjing University 
南京大学

Nanjing University, one of China’s oldest and most prestigious universities, is known for its academic and research excellence as well as its advanced teaching and research facilities.

Since 2011, Nanjing University has co-sponsored the greater Washington, D.C. region Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest with the Jiangsu International Cultural Exchange Center and GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, which hosts the event.

 

2016 Fall Impact Report

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

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