Contact & Location


Confucius Institute

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
Admin. Bldg. 328
851 Campus Drive
Moscow, Idaho 83844
Phone: (208) 885-7110
Fax: (208) 885-5221

Mailing Address:
Confucius Institute
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3174
Moscow, ID 83844-3174

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

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


UI Confucius Institute Expands to Boise

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute will open its doors in Boise in January 2016. With a mission to promote the teaching and learning of Chinese culture and language, the Confucius Institute offers a broad array of programming at UI and in local communities.

Registration for Chinese language and Tai Chi classes runs November through December. Classes will take place at the University of Idaho Boise in the Idaho Water Center. Public school language programs and other art and community outreach events will also be part of the 2016 UI Confucius Institute cultural awareness series for Boise and the Treasure Valley.

UI students can register for Boise Chinese language and martial arts classes through VandalWeb. Community members may register for classes as non-degree seeking students. For more information on this option please visit

UI Confucius Institute Announces Call for Participants - 2016 Educational DelegationConfucius Statue

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute announces a great opportunity to Idaho elementary and high school educators or administrators. To establish Chinese language and culture learning opportunities within State of Idaho school districts and foster future exchange opportunities the UI Confucius Institute will take 10-12 participants to Shanghai and Guangzhou in March 2016. Participants will have the opportunity to visit schools, classrooms, and colleagues in elementary through high school levels to create cross-cultural connections for facilitating future collaboration and exchanges.

This program is open to current Idaho teachers and administrators, deadline for application is October 31, 2015. Applications will be reviewed and participants selected by late November.

Learn more about the 2016 Educational Delegation.

Soochow University Art Performance Troupe Dazzles University of Idaho

As part of the University of Idaho Confucius Institute's extended celebrations for Global Confucius Institute Day 2015, Soochow University Art Troupe was invited to astound audiences with an overview of China's history and major artistic forms.

Community Chinese Language Classes Offered at Moscow Chamber of CommerceChinese writing on a chalkboard

Beginning in the fall of 2015, two 11-week courses will be offered at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce. University of Idaho Confucius Institute instructor, Ms. Hong Chen, will lead the courses aimed at business people and community members interested in getting an introduction to Mandarin. No experience with foreign languages is required to enroll in these classes. Classes will meet one day per week, either Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Tuesday classes will be run from September 22 - December 8, 2015 from 6-7 p.m.
Thursday classes will be run from September 24 - December 10 from 6-7 p.m.

Each 11-week course is $25.00 and participants will receive a certificate of completion from the UI Confucius Institute upon successful completion of the course.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the UI Confucius Institute at 885-7110 or

After School Chinese Language and Culture Program at the Palouse Prairie Charter School

Youth Learning ChineseIn collaboration with Palouse Prarie Charter School, the UI Confucius Institute will begin offering an after school Chinese language and culture program for students in grades K-5 beginning the 2015-2016 school year. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of spoken Chinese and about various aspects of Chinese culture, including Chinese names, holidays, calendar, martial arts, music, and dance. The classes will be taught by instructors from the UI Confucius Institute.

University of Idaho Confucius Institute Continues Partnership with the Northwest Nations Upward Bound Program

July 13, 2015 concluded the University of Idaho Confucius Institute's second successful collaboration with the Nations Upward Bound Federal TRIO Program. Special programming was designed for the the thirty high school students visiting the university campus by Confucius Institute instructors Jing Tian and Juan Liu. With the assistance of our dedicated volunteers the Upward Bound students were provided several hours each day to study Chinese language, practice Taiji, and paint their own Lian Pu face masks. The eight days of activity culminated in a special Chinese dinner which the students helped prepare at Moscow's 1912 Center.
Learn more about Nations Upward Bound

1st Moscow Parks and Recreation Chinese Language and Culture Camp

Summer 2015 saw the University of Idaho Confucius Institute's new two week summer camp program debut at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center. Students enjoyed two weeks learning Chinese language and experiencing different aspects of Chinese culture such as music, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, Chinese cuisine, games and martial arts. The camp was led by Confucius Institute Instructors Jing Tian and Juan Liu.

Governer Otter and Governer LiIdaho Renews Sister State Agreement with China's Shanxi Province
On June 15, 2015 a delegation from China's Shanxi Province led by Governor LI Xiaopeng renewed the province's Sister State agreement with Idaho's Governor Butch Otter. The University of Idaho Confucius Institute attended this event and met with the university presidents from Shanxi University, Shanzi Agricultural University, Shanxi Medical University, Taiyuan University of Technology, and the Business College of Shanxi University. UI signed a MOU with Shanxi University to further our collaboration and cooperation.

In 1985, Idaho Governor John Evans and Shanxi Vice Governor BAI Qingcai signed the original Sister State agreement, beginning the first stages of cultural exchange between the two states. Over the course of 30 years, the agreement has opened the way for cultural, sports, and educational exchanges. China's Shanxi Province is located southwest of Beijing and is approximately seven times the size of Idaho with a population of 25 million and a climate similar to that of southwestern Idaho..

The state of Idaho has also developed sister state relationships with three other states in Mexico, South Korea and Taiwan to promote closer relationships and cooperative ventures in agriculture, government, culture, tourism, industry, and education.

2015 Summer China Trip2015 Chinese Summer Camp

The University of Idaho Confucius Institute has sent its first group of students to Guangzhou and Beijing for language and culture immersion. Students from the Moscow High School and University of Idaho will spend two weeks learning first hand about Chinese customs, architecture, education, visiting host families, and honing the Mandarin language skills they have begun developing here in Idaho. Follow their adventure on Facebook. Interested in joining us next summer? Register for one of our Chinese language classes today!

Bobs 20152015 Chinese New Year Celebration at Bob's
The University of Idaho Confucius Institute partnered with Vandals Dining for their Chinese New Year celebration in Bob's Dining Center in the UI's Wallace Complex. Student volunteers and UICI faculty delighted attendees with several Chinese cultural performances during the dinner hour. Following the performances students were invited into the activity area where they could learn how to use chopsticks, challenge themselves with Chinese games, get their names written in Chinese calligraphy and learn about Chinese language and culture programs offered at UI.

Lena Whitmore 20152015 Lena Whitmore Elementary Week Assembly
Confucius Institute faculty, UI students, and dedicated volunteers performed a variety of Chinese cultural performances for the children of Moscow's Lena Whitmore Elementary school at their annual International Week assembly. Taiji Sword, Taiji Fan, a Chinese "fashion show," and Chinese calligraphy were performed for the students, in addition to a Celtic dance by other young performers for the students. Confucius Institute Co-Director Dr. Hexian Xue gifted a Qipao dress to the school's collection of clothes from all over the world. The impressive collection is displayed in Lena Whitmore's hallways during the International Week. The donation of the dress adds to other cultural materials donated by the Confucius Institute to Lena Whitmore earlier in the month of February including children's educational books, Chinese lanterns, and a flag of China for the school's collection of world flags.

Kenworthy DonationUICI Donates to Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
As part of the kick-off event for the 2015 Chinese Movie Night season, the University of Idaho Confucius Institute donated a Blu-Ray region-free DVD player to the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. The local non-profit performing arts venue depends on community member support to maintain the historic theater on Moscow's Main Street, and to expand their event programming.
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Meeting StabenUI President Staben Meets with South China University of Technology Faculty
University of Idaho Confucius Institute Co-Director Dr. Hexian Xue and South China University of Technology instructors Jianhong Lu, Jing Tian, and Juan Liu met with President Staben in his office in early January. President Staben reviewed the lesson plans of each instructor, learned of their adventures in Idaho, their travels around the U.S., and he wished them well on the start of a new semester at the UI. An article on the meeting was featured on the Hanban website, and is available here.

Chef Yinghao Danny Wang PromoChinese Food Club Begins at University of Idaho
Beginning in December 2014, the University of Idaho Confucius Institute now offers a Chinese Food Club for students and community members. Every month participants will have an opportunity to learn how to make authentic Chinese cuisine under the masterful tutelage of Chef Yinghao Wang. While participants enjoy sampling the fruits of their labor, they will also have the opportunity to learn some basic Chinese words and phrases to increase their culinary confidence in the kitchen! Space is limited, so please contact or call 885-7110 to reserve your space at the next Chinese Food Club event. General registration is $5.00 per event. Students participate for free. RSVP today!
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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."

HSK LogoUniversity 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

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, former 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-ImageThe Confucius Institute extends its Chinese Movie Night beyond initial film festival.
Following the popularity of the first two Chinese Movie Night programs, the Confucius Institute will extend the original University of Idaho Confucius Institute Chinese Film Festival into a recurring monthly event for students and community members.
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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