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Confucius Classrooms

Helping schools build excellent, sustainable Chinese language programs

The Confucius Classroom program offers annual funding of up to $10,000, materials and guest teachers from China to help schools build strong and sustainable Chinese language programs.

In order to be awarded a Confucius Classroom, a school or district must already have shown a clear commitment to teaching Chinese as a regular part of the curriculum.

Schools in Western New York can apply to house Confucius Classrooms affiliated with the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute. UBCI will support selected schools’ applications, transfer funds once the applications are accepted, and serve as a bridge between Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing and the local school.

Operating Funds up to $10,000 annually can generally be used to set up Chinese language classes, support teachers’ attendance at conferences, host workshops, and organize exhibitions and events related to Chinese language and culture.

Start-up funds of up to $10,000 are provided to schools to refurbish teaching venues dedicated to Chinese language, purchase necessary office and instructional equipment, organize an opening ceremony, and so forth. New Confucius Classrooms receive one set of China Exploratorium interactive media equipment, valued at approximately $20,000.

In the first year, a Confucius Classroom can receive up to 1,000 volumes of books and teaching materials. In subsequent years, schools may receive up to 500 volumes a year.

Confucius Classrooms can also apply to send student groups to China for summer or winter study programs. All domestic costs in China are paid by Confucius Institute Headquarters. The costs of international airfare, Chinese visa, and travel insurance are paid by the participants or other sources of local funds.

Schools with Confucius Classrooms submit a budget to the UB Confucius Institute each year. The budget is reviewed by UBCI and included in UBCI’s annual budget request. The school administers the funds according to its normal accounting procedures (and the approved budget), and sends a brief report at the end of the year showing how funds were spent.