University of Iowa

Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa

Along with Confucius Institutes worldwide, the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is working to bridge the gap between the US and China by promoting cultural understanding through cross-cultural communication and dialogue.

The Confucius Institute is a collaborative project between the University of Iowa, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), and East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai. The Confucius Institute, which is part of University of Iowa International Programs, also draws upon the considerable expertise and resources in a number of colleges and units at the University of Iowa, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition, the College of Education, the Graduate College, the College of Law, and the Office of Vice President for Research.

The Confucius Institute offers Iowans courses in Chinese language and culture and plays a leadership role in international Chinese Foreign Language research and teacher development.


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UI Confucius Institute celebrates 10 year anniversary Feb. 17

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa is celebrating 10 years of collaborative programming between the University of Iowa, Iowa communities, East China Normal University and the Chinese Ministry of Education. Programs offered by the Confucius Institute serve to enhance and enrich language learning, cultural exchange and teacher education through classes, outreach and research.

Confucius Institute to host symposium on linguistics, April 22-23

The Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa will host a symposium on April 22 and 23 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the University Capitol Centre. This event will serve as a platform for researchers on Chinese applied linguistics around the world to generate ideas, cross disciplinary boundaries, and disseminate research about issues and concerns in the learning and teaching of Chinese as a non-primary language (including heritage language learning) across different acquisition stages in different settings. Topics will include Chinese as a second language processes and development, data-driven pedagogy and discourse analysis and grammar.
Taiji beginner classes

Confucius Institute offers free Taiji classes beginning Jan. 5

Interested in learning Taiji? Join the Confucius Institute for a free, five-week class! Learn how to enhance your overall health through increased flexibility, relaxation, and stress control. Practice fundamental Taiji movements under the instruction of Haiming Chen, an experienced Taiji trainer who has led classes in China, Japan, and the U.S. for more than 20 years.