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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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What Can UB Confucius Institute Do for You?


Confucius Institute Celebration Performance

Celebrating Confucius Institute Day, the Fifth Anniversary of the UB Confucius Institute, Confucius' Birthday, and the Moon Festival!

September 26, 2014

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Drama Theater, UB Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public

This celebration will feature music, dance, Chinese opera, martial arts, and acrobatic performances by exceptional student artists from UB's long-time partner in Beijing, Capital Normal University.

Click here for the celebration flyer.

Click here for the program.


Confucianism and Education: An International Symposium

October 17-19, 2014

Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, Amherst, NY

The proposal submission deadline has been extended to September 1, 2014

The UB Graduate School of Education invites paper proposals for a conference that examines the influence of Confucianism on Chinese education theory and practice and its relevance to education in the U.S. and elsewhere. At a time when education reform is intensifying in the United States, this conference will advance our understanding of Confucian thoughts on education, inform efforts to improve education in the United States, and promote cross-cultural understanding between China and the West. Only proposals for individual papers with one author or multiple authors will be considered for review. The conference is sponsored by the UB Confucius Institute.

Additional information about the conference and proposal submission guidelines can be found at and in the conference brochure.


Community Chinese Classes for Fall 2014

Noncredit Mandarin Chinese classes designed for individuals who want to learn to speak Chinese, who have an interest in China, or who may want to travel to China.

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

The registration fee of $420 for each 16 week class includes textbooks and other materials.

Chinese Level 1A

Mondays, beginning September 1 (16 sessions)

Chinese Level 1B

Wednesdays, beginning September 3 (16 sessions)

Chinese Level 2A

Mondays, beginning September 1 (16 sessions)

Chinese Level 2B

Wednesdays, beginning September 3 (16 sessions)

Click here for more information and an application form.

For additional information or to register by phone, contact Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu at or call 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 Associate Director Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu at or 716-645-6480.


HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

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