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Who We Are

The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte is an academic and cultural collaborative between UNC Charlotte, Shanxi University in China, with support from Confucius Institute Headquarters. Aspiring to become a leading organization to promote bilateral understanding and to build bridges between Charlotte and China, the Confucius Institute is committed to:

  • Building connections with language and culture learning
  • Fostering cooperation with creative academic and outreach programs
  • Strengthening community with dialogues and understanding

What We Provide

The Confucius Institute's public language and cultural programs include:

  • Community Chinese languages courses
  • Customized Chinese workshops
  • Chinese proficiency tests
  • Free cultural programs open to all

About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It leverages its location in the state’s largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region.

Established in 1946, UNC Charlotte now enrolls more than 29,000 students on its 1,000-acre main campus in University City, in addition to classes held at The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City.

The Confucius Institute is housed in UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ Languages and Culture Studies Department, and its purpose is to support and enhance language instruction and cultural offerings, such as with tutors for students and community events. We collaborate with academic partner Shanxi University, located in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province.

Confucius Institute Transition

As an integral component of efforts to advance students' knowledge and ability to thrive in a diverse, global society, UNC Charlotte will transition the Chinese language and culture programs of its Confucius Institute to be Department of Languages and Culture Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on December 31, 2020. 

UNC Charlotte continues to enhance its globalization efforts, with particular emphasis on engagement with UNC Charlotte students and community and global partners. Although the Confucius Institute will be ending, Chinese language and culture programs will continue to play an important role at the University.

 “During the next six months we will evaluate the Confucius Institute programming to determine which aspects fit within our college 2021-26 strategic plan, which we are currently developing,” said Nancy A. Gutierrez, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS). “We will be guided by our commitment to prepare our students to thrive in a globalized world, and our efforts to expand relationships in the Charlotte region and worldwide.”

Since its programming began in early 2018, in partnership with Shanxi University, the Confucius Institute has supported Chinese language classes in area schools, under the schools’ supervision. It also has provided teaching assistants in UNC Charlotte classrooms, under the direction of UNC Charlotte faculty in the Department of Languages and Culture Studies. The teaching assistants have provided support through activities such as serving as conversation partners and tutors. 

The Confucius Institute has hosted Chinese cultural events and provided training for Chinese language teachers and community members. Working with the University’s Office of International Programs and the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, it has offered support for college students to travel abroad. It also has hosted North Carolina’s annual Chinese Language Competition and partnered with organizations across the state to offer language and culture programs. 

The CLAS strategic planning process will encompass a broad range of internationalization activities. These include study abroad, other experiential learning opportunities, faculty collaboration, robust relationships with partner universities and innovative classroom practices.

Chinese Community Courses

The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte is proud to partner with UNC Charlotte Continuing Education to offer non-credit community-based Chinese language and culture courses to those who are interested in learning about China and Chinese society. All courses are taught by experienced teachers and/or native speakers of Chinese.

Please note that due to UNC Charlotte's current policy regarding COVID-19, our March-May 2020 course will be offered online.

Chinese Language Courses

The Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte is proud to partner with UNCC Continuing Education to offer non-credit community-based Chinese language and culture courses to those who are interested in learning about China and Chinese society. All courses are taught by experienced teachers and/or native speakers of Chinese.

Please note that due to UNC Charlotte’s current policy regarding COVID-19, our March – May 2020 courses will be offered online.

Please see the individual “Courses” and “Workshop” tabs for more information.

The Confucius Institute Blog

This week on the blog, learn about the cultural significance of Chinese tea parties, and how their importance continues in modern-day China. To read the post, click the image below, or visit our blog tab.

Summer Camps

Due to COVID-19, UNC Charlotte has canceled all face-to-face summer camps. However, we are excited to announce that we will be offering several free virtual camps this summer. We will be offering camps for both immersion and non-immersion students. For more details and how to register, visit our Summer Camps tab.


Student Endorsements

The Introductory Chinese language courses given by the Confucius Institute at UNC Charlotte were fabulous! They were well organized and facilitated by encouraging teachers, who provided a lot of support to the students. Many people were afraid to learn Chinese and think that the process is too overwhelming but the Confucius teachers made it fun and engaging! They provided us with everything we needed: great resources, a warm learning environment, and quality online instruction that gave us experience to begin learning one of the world's most influential languages. Thank you Confucius Institute! 谢谢孔子学院!Xièxiè kǒngzǐ xuéyuàn!

--Andrea J., Chinese Language Course Student

Contact us

Department of Languages & Culture Studies
Cato College of Education 453
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223

Yongling Gorke, PhD
Confucius Institute Director

Mofang Ji
Assistant Director from Shanxi University

Li Cao
Confucius Institute Adjunct Professor


Haiyan Tian
Confucius Institute Adjunct Professor

Ji'e Zheng
Confucius Institute Adjunct Professor

Jordan Duran
Graduate Assistant