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The Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo (UBCI) is a collaborative effort of the University at Buffalo, the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and Capital Normal University in Beijing, one of UB's long-time partner institutions in China. Established in 2010 as part of an international network of over 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide, UBCI is dedicated to promoting the teaching of Chinese language and culture in Western New York and furthering the understanding of contemporary China.

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A Gull Between Earth and Heaven: Imagery in Traditional Chinese Poetry

Zu-yan Chen, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Binghamton University

April 24, 4:00 pm

120 Clemens Hall

Free and open to the public

Refreshments served

According to ancient Chinese poetics, poets would not express their emotional experiences directly; instead, they infused their feelings into the external objects they described. These images were never selected at random, but were the manifestations of the poet's shrewd power of observation and unique artistic view. This lecture will discuss four widely-used images—the moon, birds, clouds, and rivers—and will illustrate how imagery awakens the reader’s sensory perceptions and helps the reader visualize beautiful poems.

Zu-yan Chen is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at Binghamton University. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include pre-modern Chinese poetry and poetics, Chinese culture, Confucianism and language pedagogy. Chen is the author of seven books and numerous articles.

Co-sponsored by the UB Department of Comparative Literature and Chinese Language Program

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Attention High School Students! Travel to China this Summer!

Confucius Institute Headquarters has announced the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students, a 15-day study tour to China. Students spend time in Beijing and travel as a group with other Buffalo-area students for language instruction and tourist experiences.  Chaperones selected by the UB Confucius Institute will accompany the Buffalo student delegation. Students pay the cost of international airfare, visa (and U.S. passport, if they don't have one), and occasional snacks and souvenirs. All other costs, including lodging, meals, domestic transportation in China, and language instruction are covered by Confucius Institute Headquarters (aka Hanban).

Dates: July 16-31

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 23 (students will be notified of selection sometime in April)

View an informational flyer for China Bridge Summer Camp

Read an introduction to the program from Confucius Institute Headquarters

Download an application form here.

Download the chaperone application form here.


Confucius Reading Area Established in Library's East Asia Collection

The UB Confucius Institute has donated a selection of Chinese and English-language materials about China and Chinese topics to the UB Libraries. In recognition of this and future gifts, a sign designating a Confucius Reading Area has been placed in Lockwood Library’s East Asian Collection, located on the lower level of the library. The newly-added titles cover a broad spectrum of topics. Highlights include 21 volumes of the Library of Chinese Classics, beautifully-illustrated books for children, and a variety of DVDs, many of which will be especially valuable for Chinese language learning. Find out more here.


Confucius Institute Funding Opportunities

The UB Confucius Institute offers funding opportunities for UB faculty and students involved in study, research, and artistic activity related to China, including:

  1. Funding for UB faculty or graduate students to attend China-related conferences.

  2. Faculty research grants for periods of two weeks to ten months.

  3. Sponsorship/co-sponsorship of China-related conferences, symposia, workshops, and artistic productions in Buffalo, including graduate student conferences.

  4. Publication and translation grants.

  5. PhD scholarships for study at a Chinese university.

  6. Dissertation fellowships for research in China.

  7. Confucius Institute undergraduate scholarships for study at a university in China for a semester or academic year. Students who intend to be Chinese language teachers are especially encouraged to apply.

  8. Summer Study Program Scholarships for undergraduates participating in UB's summer program at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

  9. Young Leaders Program sponsors undergraduates to study in China for periods of two weeks to six months.

For additional information, see What Can UB Confucius Institute Do for You? or contact UBCI Associate Director Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu at or 716-645-6480.


HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

The UB Confucius Institute now administers the HSK and YCT Chinese Proficiency Tests. Contact Associate Director Maggie Lu to find out about upcoming test dates in Buffalo. Advanced registration is required at least 10 days before the test. Click here to view the 2015 HSK/YCT brochure.