Class & Payment Policy

Payment and Refund Policy

The GW Confucius Institute needs to receive 100% of the payment before the first session meets.  Students who fail to pay tuition prior to the first class will not be allowed to attend.

Parents or Legal Guardians of minor students are responsible for the payment of any tuition, textbooks, and any other fees associated with his/her participation in the GW Confucius Institute’s Chinese language courses. Parents or Legal Guardians are also responsible to provide written confirmation of the minor student's intent to withdraw prior to the second class session. If he/she fails to withdraw from a course prior the last day to cancel registration, no refund will be issued.

Payments can be made at our Online Payment Portal with any major Credit or Debit Card.  Currently we are unable to accept other forms of payment.

Group Classes:

We understand that things occasionally come up that might prevent you from making the class(es) each week. Therefore, to help students overcome the gap, we will allow two free one-hour make-up classes per semester. Students will have the flexibility to take the make-up classes based on their and the instructor's availability, in person or via skype. An instructor of another class might substitute when necessary.

One-on-One Instruction:

Students are required to give 24 hours prior notice for any cancellations. If 24 hour notice is not given, the missed session will not be rescheduled nor will a refund be issued. 

All requests to reschedule a session must be received in writing via email to both the tutor and the GWCI office ([email protected]). Students can reschedule new sessions with at least 48 hours notice prior to the new meeting time. Rescheduling is dependent upon instructor or tutor availability, which cannot be guaranteed. 

Class time will not be extended for students who arrive late without giving 24 hours prior notice. Refunds will not be issued for missed time. Missed time will not be added to future sessions.

All tuition payments will be refunded in the event that a class section is cancelled by the GW Confucius Institute.

If, after the first class, a student decides that the course is not suitable, he/she can obtain refund for the cost of tuition. He/she must send a written request for a refund via email to the Confucius Institute [email protected] prior to the second class meeting. No refunds or credits will be issued once the second session of instruction begins.    

Alternatively, if a student finds that the current class does not meet his/her learning needs, he/she may transfer to another class section, contingent upon his/her placement test result and the advice from language instructors. Due to the fact that different classes are priced a different tuition rates, certain adjustments might need to be applied to the initial payment.  

Class Discounts

General discounts are applicable to all comprehensive group classes and one-on-one sessions. Discounts cannot be combined.

20% off for GW affiliates, including current staff, students and alumni. Previous enrollment in a GW CI course does not constitute Alumni or Affiliate status. 

10% off for all federal, state and local government employees.

10% off for veterans and active duty military.

10% off for NGOs, including World Bank and IMF.

$30 Refer-a-Friend Bonus

  • Referred friend must be a new GW CI student.
  • Referred friend must indicate during registration who referred them.
  • $30 bonus will be issued as a refund once the referred friend has completed payment for the registered class.
Class Type Tuition Discounted Price
Characters & Calligraphy $180 per semester $120 with enrollment in comprehensive group class
One-on-One: Instructor & HSK Test Prep $65 Per Hour

$350 for 6 X 1-Hour Sessions

$500 for 10 X 1-Hour Sessions

One-on-One: Professional Tutor $55 Per Hour

$310 for 6 X  1-Hour Sessions

$450 for 10 X 1-Hour Sessions

One-on-One: Tutor $45 Per Hour

$240 for 6 X 1-Hour Sessions

$370 for 10 X 1-Hour Sessions

On a case by case basis, One-on-One Instruction could be performed for 2 students. If the 2-person class is approved, the second person receives 50% off tuition.



Holidays and Closings

The GW Confucius Institute will NOT hold group classes nor private instruction with instructors during specified holidays:

  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day
  • Veterans Day
  • GW Thanksgiving Break
  • GW Winter Break
  • Winter Holidays
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day

We will continue to hold classes during the George Washington University Fall Break and Spring Break (visit the GW Academic Calendar to learn more.) One-on-one instruction with tutors can be scheduled throughout the year based on availability.

During adverse weather or other emergencies, the GW Confucius Institute will follow George Washington University closings. Please visit GW Campus Advisories or follow GW on Twitter to get the most up-to-date information on emergency closings.

Classes which are cancelled due to poor weather will be rescheduled. If a student is unable to attend the rescheduled class session, he/she will not receive a refund nor will we schedule an alternative make-up session.

"I’m from France and I started learning Chinese in middle school. I started in the GW Confucius Institute in order to keep up with my Chinese. I did group classes as well as a one-on-one session, and both have been extremely helpful. Especially for the one-on-one class, it helped me improve my conversional skills, which will be helpful when I go to China next semester. The Confucius Institute is definitely a great way to respond to the exact need you have."

Elsa K.

Student of 301 and Private Instruction