How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

Apr 09, 2018 |  Rachelle Peterson

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How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

Apr 09, 2018 | 

Rachelle Peterson

Updated November 28, 2018. This list, originally published in March 2018, will be updated periodically. If you know of additional Confucius Institutes that have opened or closed, please let us know at contact@nas.org

Since 2004, the Chinese government has sponsored Confucius Institutes on college and university campuses around the world. An agency of the Chinese Ministry of Education, called the Hanban, provides teachers, textbooks, and operating funds.

In April 2017, the National Association of Scholars released Outsourced to China: Confucius Institutes and Soft Power in American Higher Education, a comprehensive report on the way the Chinese government infiltrates American colleges and universities to enhance its own image. At that time, we counted 103 Confucius Institutes in the United States.

As of November 2018, NAS counts a total of 107 Confucius Institutes in the United States. We identify 100 Confucius Institutes at American colleges and universities. We also identify 1 Confucius Institute at a private educational organization, the China Institute, and 6 Confucius Institutes at K-12 public school districts.*

We also include three Confucius Institutes (at the University of Iowa,  the University of North Florida, and North Carolina State University) that, according to their host universities, are in the process of closing. We will monitor their actual date of closure. We count a total of 10 American colleges or universities that have closed or are in the process of closing their Confucius Institutes.  

Our count differs from that of the Hanban, which lists 110 Confucius Institutes in the US. However, the Hanban includes three Confucius Institutes that have since closed: Pfeiffer University, the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and the University of West Florida. It also includes one that never opened: Dickinson State University. Finally, the Hanban’s list omits two Confucius Institutes that opened in 2017: Baruch University and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Download our chart of the current Confucius Institutes in the United States.

Download our chart of US-based Confucius Institutes that have closed or are in the process of closing

*Most K-12 schools that partner with the Hanban have “Confucius Classrooms,” of which there are about 500 in the United States. However, the Hanban does designate these six school districts as home to Confucius Institutes as part of a collaboration between the Hanban and the College Board.

 

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