Updated January 19, 2021. 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 [email protected]
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 January 19, 2021, NAS counts a total of 63 Confucius Institutes in the United States. This includes two that are scheduled to close: Central Connecticut State University (June 2021) and Emory University (November 2021). We identify 55 Confucius Institutes at American colleges and universities. We also identify one Confucius Institute at a private educational organization, the China Institute, and 7 Confucius Institutes at K-12 public school districts.*
Several colleges and universities have deactivated their Confucius Institute websites, though other evidence suggests these Confucius Institutes may still be open. We consider these Confucius Institutes open until the university provides an official statement otherwise.
We also list separately 55 Confucius Institutes in the United States that have closed or are in the process of closing, along with the stated reason for the closure.
*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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