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The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) supports education and research about Chinese language and culture at the University at Buffalo and throughout Western New York. UBCI plays three major roles at UB and in the community: (1) helping to develop and strengthen Chinese language programs; (2) fostering a better understanding of Chinese cultural traditions and contemporary China through language classes, cultural programs and exchange activities; and (3) developing and supporting China-related academic research and artistic production.


Sign up for fall Chinese language classes

All classes meet 6:00-8:00pm in the Confucius Institute’s new office suite, 113 UB Commons. Tuition: $300 for 15 weeks, includes all textbooks and other classroom materials. Convenient parking available.

Beginning Chinese, Mondays, beginning September 14

Intermediate Chinese, Tuesdays, beginning September 15

Business Chinese, Thursdays, beginning September 17

Tutoring, Standard tutoring fee: $25/hour; $20/hour for UB students, faculty and staff

Questions? Email or call 716-645-9090.


A Glimpse of China

UB Confucius Institute's first annual photo contest 

Open to anyone living in Western New York, including students enrolled in local colleges or universities

Age divisions: K-8, high school, 18-and-over, and professional

Entry deadline: Wednesday, September 16, 11:59 p.m.

Entries must be sent to and include a submission form

Finalists will be notified in advance that their photos will be displayed at the Confucius Institute Day celebration at UB on September 27

Download the submission form and guidelines

View contest rules and judging criteria


Rooted and Roaming: States of Contemporary Chinese Art

Thursday, September 10

6:00-8:00 pm

Art Department Lower Gallery, B45 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

This symposium will explore (1) the relationship between contemporary Chinese art and the deep-rooted cultural traditions from which they stem and (2) the role of academia in China and abroad in shaping the future of art making in China and in the diaspora. Refreshments will be provided. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo and the Dept. of Art. Click here for a list of presenters and topics.


TV for One Billion: Historical Evolution, Current Challenges, and Future Trends in China

Zhifeng Hu, Communication University of China

Tuesday, September 15

4:00-5:30 pm

509 O'Brian (Law School Conference Room), UB North Campus

This talk will examine the influence of Chinese TV on the country’s politics, society and culture. Professor Zhifeng Hu is director of the Center for Research on Media Arts and Culture at Communication University of China and editor-in-chief of Journal of Modern Communication. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at Harvard University. 


Tai Chi Class

Thursdays, beginning September 17

4:30-5:30 pm

113 UB Commons

Fee: $30 for the semester

More information       Registration form


Symposium Honors Professor George C. Lee for Pioneering Work Developing UB Partnerships in China

Former Engineering Dean and Earthquake Center Director Presented with Confucius Educator Award

On May 5, 2015, the UB Confucius Institute sponsored a symposium in honor of George C. Lee, PhD, for his groundbreaking work developing UB's many successful relationships in China. As Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (1978-1995), Professor Lee traveled to China in the early years of Deng Xiaoping's "Opening Up" policy to explore opportunities for collaboration. In 1980 UB became the first U.S. university to sign historic exchange agreements with the Beijing Municipal System of Higher Education and UB's close institutional partners Capital Normal University, Beijing University of Technology, and Capital Medical University. Read more . . .


Read the Confucius Institute 2014 Yearbook


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.