How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

National Association of Scholars

Updated April 14, 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, providing teachers, textbooks, and operating funds. Until recently, an agency of the Chinese Ministry of Education, the Hanban, oversaw Confucius Institutes. In the wake of widespread criticism, the Chinese government has reorganized Confucius Institutes under a new organization, the Chinese International Education Foundation.

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 14, 2021, NAS counts a total of 50 Confucius Institutes in the United States. This includes ten that are scheduled to close: Stony Brook University (May 2021), Portland State University (summer 2021) Central Connecticut State University (June 2021), Colorado State University (June 2021), University of Southern Maine (June 10, 2021), College of William and Mary (June 30, 2021), University of New Hampshire (July 30, 2021), Tufts University (September 2021), Emory University (November 2021), and Bryant University (date unclear). It also includes one, St. Cloud State University, that is "paused" while the university conducts a review. We identify 44 Confucius Institutes at American colleges and universities. We also identify one Confucius Institute at a private educational organization, the China Institute, and 5 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 76 Confucius Institutes in the United States that have closed or are in the process of closing, along with the stated reason for the closure.

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

Download an Excel chart of the current Confucius Institutes in the United States.

Download our PDF chart of US-based Confucius Institutes that closed.

Download an Excel chart of US-based Confucius Institutes that closed.

*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 school districts as home to Confucius Institutes as part of a collaboration between the Hanban and the College Board.


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