How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?


Updated February 12, 2020. 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 February 2020, NAS counts a total of 86 Confucius Institutes in the United States. This includes three that are in the process of closing: the University of Maryland and New Mexico State University, whose Confucius Institutes will both close in summer 2020, the University of Missouri, whose Confucius Institute will close in August 2020. We identify 78 Confucius Institutes at American colleges and universities. We also identify 1 Confucius Institute at a private educational organization, the China Institute, and 7 Confucius Institutes at K-12 public school districts.*

We also list separately 33 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 chart of the current Confucius Institutes in the United States.

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

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