How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

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Updated October 25, 2019. 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 peterson@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 October 2019, NAS counts a total of 89 Confucius Institutes in the United States. This includes two that are in the process of closing: Miami Dade College, which is slated to close its Confucius Institute in December 2019, and the University of Delaware, whose Confucius Institute will close in February 2020. We identify 81 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 28 Confucius Institutes that have closed in the United States since 2014, 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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