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 April 5, 2019. This list, originally published in March 2018, is updated regularly. If you know of additional Confucius Institutes that have opened or closed, please let us know at

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 April 2019, NAS counts a total of 104 Confucius Institutes in the United States. We identify 97 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 nine Confucius Institutes (at the University of Indiana-Purdue University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Tennesse Knoxville, the University of Iowa, the University of North Florida, North Carolina State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts Boston) 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 18 American colleges or universities that have closed or are in the process of closing their Confucius Institutes.  

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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Doug Barnett

| April 23, 2019 - 1:11 PM

No matter what the political and social relationship between China and the US that is ever changing and will never completely be controlled by either country.  Understanding social and culture differences is essential in economic trade, regardless of governments.  To become intertwined economic powers can be the foundation that which both countries will have to understand prior to policy or social decisions.  Language and culture barriers can be dissolved by these schools.  Sorry day for both countries.