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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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UB Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series

The Daoist Unhewn: One Sort of Knowing

Professor Brook Ziporyn, University of Chicago

April 10, 2014


120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

Free and open to the public

Professor Ziporyn is a leading scholar and translator of Chinese religion and philosophy, and he has published a number of important books, including: Evil And/Or/As the Good (Harvard, 2000), Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings (Hackett, 2009). Before joining faculty of the Divinity School, University of Chicago, he taught at Harvard University and the National University of Singapore. In this presentation, Professor Ziporyn explores the metaphor of Dao (the Way) as the "unhewn" to show the Daoist attempt to undermine definitive and rational knowledge, and its alternative view of knowledge, action, and goodness.

To view the poster for this talk, click here.


UBCI 2014 Chinese Bridge-Summer Camp for U.S. High School Students in China

July 17, 2014 – August 1, 2014

Call for Applications

Application Deadline: March 9, 2014

The 2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp is a two-week study tour in China. This is an incredible opportunity for qualified high school students to spend time in China, learning the language and culture. During the summer camp, students will go to different provinces or cities to have Chinese language classes and Chinese culture experience in groups. Participants only pay for their airfare, passport and visa application fees, and their travel insurance. Once in China, accommodations, meals, domestic travel, and group activity fees are covered by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. By offering students this opportunity to experience China first-hand, we also encourage further study of China in college and beyond to promote exchange between the youth of China and the U.S. UBCI will review and approve applications, guide participants in the visa application process, and conduct orientation sessions.

Seats are limited to 30 students and 3 chaperones. Applications are reviewed as they are received, so we strongly encourage you to apply early.

Orientations will be organized once the list of participants is finalized. A detailed daily itinerary and travel handbook will be available at the orientation.

To view requirements for students and chaperones, click here.

To access the student application form, click here.

To access the chaperone application form, click here.

Please enjoy some pictures from last year's Chinese Bridge Summer Camp.

Applications should be mailed or emailed to Qiaomei Lu, Associate Director, Confucius Institute, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260; or

For more information, please contact or 716-645-6480.


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 Executive Director Eric Yang at or 716-645-7919.


Community Chinese Classes for Spring 2014

All classes are 6:00-8:00 pm at the Confucius Institute, Baldy Hall, UB North Campus

Click here for more information and an application form

Chinese level 1A

Wednesdays, beginning January 29 (16 two-hour sessions)

Chinese level 1B

Mondays, beginning January 27 (16 two-hour sessions)


HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

The UB Confucius Institute now administers the HSK Chinese Proficiency Test. The next test dates are March 16, June 14, and December 6, 2014. Advanced registration is required at least 10 days before the test. Click here to view the HSK brochure.