A group of students with a Chinese language instructor sharing a table in a classroom


Who We Are


The George Washington University Confucius Institute 乔治·华盛顿大学孔子学院 (GW CI) is an educational program of the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) at the George Washington University, based in the heart of Washington, D.C. GW CI's mission is to promote the study of Chinese language and culture, support Chinese teaching through instructional training and certification, and encourage increased research in the area of China studies. Today, it is one of the most dynamic centers that serves the D.C. global community in a number of profound ways.

The institute teaches Chinese at all skill levels through group classes and customized private instruction, and offers a variety of cultural programming throughout the year including art performances, lecturers, Chinese traditional holiday celebrations and panels focused on current events. Members of the D.C. community can gain exposure to the Chinese culture without traveling abroad. The GW Confucius Institute also serves as the resource and support center for GW faculty and students whose academic interests focus on China.

Named for the famed Chinese philosopher (551-479 B.C.), the GW Confucius Institute (GW CI) was established in the spring of 2013. It is one of 525 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.



What We Offer