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Chinese Guest Teacher Program

Helping schools launch excellent, sustainable Chinese language programs

The Chinese Guest Teacher Program places experienced language teachers from China in Western New York schools to help establish and build sustainable Chinese language programs.

The Confucius Institute teachers are selected by area schools and districts from a pool of candidates in China based on (1) their credentials and experience and (2) interviews by UBCI staff and school or district administrators. The process also includes review of credentials by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which is the teachers’ J visa designated sponsor.

In 2019-2020, six schools/districts are hosting seven Confucius Institute teachers as part of this guest teacher program.

The guest teacher salary, international travel, housing allowance, and SUNY health insurance are paid by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). The teachers work in the United States on J-1 visas. Since 2012, IIE has sponsored all Confucius Institute teachers at the K-12 level in the Buffalo area.

The UB Confucius Institute

  • Assists schools in the selection of qualified teachers
  • Helps schools prepare visa-related paperwork required to bring teachers to the United States
  • Provides orientation and regular workshops to help teachers acclimate to U.S. schools
  • Provides professional development opportunities for the visiting exchange teachers

The schools/districts

  • Obtain appropriate visas for their incoming teachers
  • Appoint a logistics person to help the incoming teacher settle in Buffalo
  • Appoint a faculty mentor for the guest teacher
  • Supervise the teachers and provide supportive evaluation of the teacher’s work
  • Develop a plan for creating a sustainable Chinese language and culture program as part of the regular curriculum

Usually the initial agreement between UBCI and the school/district is for 2 years. At the end of the first 2 years, UBCI can arrange for a second guest teacher. There is no definite end date for a school in the program, although UBCI expects schools eventually to establish the Chinese language program on a permanent basis by hiring a regular, certified Chinese language teacher.

To help fulfill the growing demand for certified Chinese language teachers, UB launched a Chinese language certification and M.Ed. program in fall 2015.