Contact & Location


Confucius Institute

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 328
Phone: (208) 885-7110
Fax: (208) 885-5221

Mailing Address:
Confucius Institute
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3154
Moscow, ID 83844-3154

Dr. Hexian Xue, Co-Director
South China University of Technology
(208) 885-7135

Dr. Matthew Wappett, Co-Director
University of Idaho
(208) 885-2214


President Staben at Xiamen International Conference9th Confucius Institute Conference

A delegation from the University of Idaho, led by President Chuck Staben, traveled to Xiamen, China for the 9th Confucius Institute Conference. This year was the first time the conference was held outside of Beijing. Directors of Confucius Institutes and presidents of the host universities from 126 different countries and regions across the world attended the two day conference. Seven presidents' forums and seven directors' forums took place, with discussions centered around 14 subjects such as the cultural and academic functions of the Confucius Institute. 

Students in a classroom  learning ChineseNorthwest Nations Upward Bound College Simulation Program Success

This summer the University of Idaho Confucius Institute became the first U.S. Confucius Institute to work with the Upward Bound Federal TRIO program. Our instructor Mrs. Jianhong Lu and her assistant Ms. Siwei Sun worked together with fourteen students to explore Chinese language and culture over the course of a week on the Moscow campus. Students learned about Chinese geography, basic Chinese words and phrases, the cultural significance of Chinese calligraphy, and the differences between U.S. and Chinese educational systems. One of the primary outcomes of the course offered by the Confucius Institute was aimed at increasing students' cultural competence, and global awareness. Students reported at the end of the Upward Bound Program that the Confucius Institute contribution "made them more enthusiastic about taking a foreign language in the future."

University of Idaho Confucius Institute Approved for HSK Testing Facility

On July 12, 2014 the University of Idaho Confucius Institute was authorized by Hanban (the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as an Official Language) to begin the establishment of an HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì or Chinese Proficiency Test) Testing Center to serve the people of Idaho and the Inland Northwest region. This center will also offer the HSKK speaking proficiency test, Youth Chinese Test (YCT) and Business Chinese Test (BCT) as our program expands.

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute's Chinese Test Center will hold its first tests (the HSK Level II and Level III) on November 8, 2014. Registration deadline is October 29, 2014.
Learn More About the Chinese Test Center and the HSK Test Here

Call for Papers: Symposium on Overseas Chinese Cultural Identity

The Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia will organize a symposium on Overseas Chinese Cultural Identity, 20-23 November 2014. They are inviting papers on any aspect of Chinese immigration and cultural identity from the 1980s to the present including history, education, culture, politics, social science, commerce, and gender studies. Abstracts for papers (about 300 words) are due August 31st, 2014.
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New Chinese culture courses offered at the University of Idaho.

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute has added additional courses for the Fall 2014 semester!
Tai Ji, Tai Ji Sword, and Chinese Film Appreciation! 
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Shengfei Han and Jianhong LuThe Confucius Institute personnel participate in 7th National Chinese Language Conference.

May 8-10, 2014 - Shengfei Han, Chinese Co-Director of Confucius Institute at University of Idaho and Jianhong Lu, Chinese language instructor, attended the 7th annual National Chinese Language Conference (NCLC) in Los Angeles, California.

The NLCL is dedicated to new ideas and best practices in the field of Chinese language teaching and learning and U.S.–China educational exchange. This year's program continued to focus on cutting-edge approaches to teaching that incorporate culture, technology, international exchange, program quality and sustainability, and best practices in the classroom leading to high levels of language proficiency and deeper knowledge of China.

Confucius Institute Headquarters, based in Beijing China, held a special session on issues related to the establishment of Confucius Classrooms in the U.S. which are inspiring and encouraging to what our institute is currently working on with Moscow High School and the school districts of Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls.

A session was also convened on the Chinese immersion programs and related concepts and theories. Many theories were proposed such as setting the target of immersion education as producing culturally global citizens and learning Chinese through studying the Chinese culture or relevant disciplines or vice versa, instead of a mono-dimensional language teaching process. The explorations will continue.

Through attending this important conference, our members of UI learned a lot of information on teaching methods, class activities, and also established friendships with other local Chinese language teachers. This will help further the development of our Confucius Institute programs and increase the opportunities for Idaho students and educators.

Kenworthy-Image The Confucius Institute extends its Chinese Movie Night beyond initial film festival.
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Dignataries at the UI Confuciuos Institute celebration美国爱达荷大学孔子学院举行揭牌仪式
(Opening ceremony of Confucius Institute at University of Idaho)
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See Video & Photos from the Celebration