Chinese Language Programs

Professional Development Workshop Series:   The ASU Confucius Institute plays a vital role in the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture in Arizona.  We offer professional development workshops to prepare teachers of Chinese on topics such as language teaching methodology & strategies, curriculum development, AP Chinese, and student assessment.

Chinese Language Proficiency Tests:  The ASU Confucius Institute is the designated official testing site offering the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).  Both tests assess Chinese language proficiency for learners of Mandarin.  HSK is a proficiency test for adult Chinese language learners and is often compared to the English TOEFL exam, while the YCT is a Chinese proficiency test for elementary and middle-school students.

Learn Chinese: The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University offers Beginning Chinese and Individual Tutoring in Chinese.  These courses are designed for individuals to gain a basic knowledge of Mandarin.


Past Events

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 4:30pm - Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 4:30pm

The ASU Confucius Institute invites Professor SUN Changwu of Nankai University to present two talks in October. These talks will be given in Mandarin Chinese. The first talk 《禅宗与文学》 will be presented on October 16 in LL 103 while the second talk 《佛教对中国文化的贡献》will be held in LL 103 on October 17. Both talks are free and open to the public.

孙昌武: 中国南开大学教授;从事中国古典文学和中国佛教文化教学与研究。著有《柳宗元传论》, 《唐代古文运动通论》,《 佛教与中国文学》,《中国佛教文化史》(五卷本),并整理点校古籍和译介外国学者论著多种。

For more information about these two talks, click for poster.

Monday, September 30, 2013 (All day) - Thursday, December 5, 2013 (All day)

The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University offers Beginning Chinese classes and Individual Tutoring in Chinese.  Beginning Chinese I is designed for individuals with little or no exposure to Chinese. Beginning Chinese II is for people who completed the ASU CI Beginning Chinese class I.  These classes are an 8-week courses with one class session per week and are non-credit Chinese language classes.  Both classes covers topics related to business, travel and general communication. 


Beginning Chinese I                                   

Thursdays  ::  4:30-6:30p.m.                                      

Oct. 3 to December 5                                                  

West Hall 240, ASU Tempe Campus  


Beginning Chinese II

Mondays  ::  4:30 p.m. – 6:30 pm

September 30 to December 2

West Hall 240, ASU Tempe Campus


Registration: $180 per 8-week course.   Email your name and selected class to

For more information about the Beginning Chinese classes and individual tutoring sessions, please contact Fannie Tam at or  480.965.7179

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

This Poster Design Contest offers Arizona K-8 students a creative way to express their knowledge of China.  Winning and outstanding artwork will be exhibited at the National Day & Moon Festival Reception hosted by the ASU Confucius Institute and United Chinese Association of Arizona (UCAA).  This event will be held in the Memorial Union Arizona Ballroom at the ASU Tempe Campus on Sunday, September 22, 2013. 

All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 5, 2013Click for 2013 ASU CI Poster Design Contest Poster

Winner List of 2013 Poster Grade K-2

Wiiner List of 2013 Poster Grade 3-5

Winner List of 2013 Poster Grade 6-8

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (All day) - Thursday, July 25, 2013 (All day)

To promote exchange between the youth of China and the U.S., the ASU Confucius Institute, the CI Headquarters/Hanban and the Confucius Classroom at Catalina Foothills High School present the 2013 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in China. Students will visit Beijing, and one of the following cities: Tianjin, Henan, Shandong, Hunan, Zhejiang, Yunnan, and Jilin. This summer camp is open to grade 8-12 high school students, aged 14-18, whose native language is not Chinese. The participant will be responsible for the round-trip airfare from Phoenix/Tucson to Beijing, international travel medical insurance, application fee of $200 and fees for China visa application. Hanban will cover room and board, domestic airfare and transportation, activities and tours/admission tickets during the calendar of events and activities of the camp. The application deadline is Monday, April 29, 2013.

Click for Chinese Bridge Summer Camp Information

Click for Application Form.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 (All day) - Wednesday, August 14, 2013 (All day)

In partnership with the School of Overseas Study at Sichuan University in China, the University of Washington, and the ASU Confucius Institute, ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures offers an intensive eight-week summer Chinese language program at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.  In addition to rigorous language study, the program offers great opportunities to immerse oneself in the rich Sichuan culture through weekend excursions, cultural lectures, and visits to local historical sites. Students will be able to earn ASU resident credit for a full year of Chinese language coursework. 

Visit about the application process and program deadline. For more information, contact Ms. Katie Curiel at in ASU’s Center for Global Education Services. 

Fellowship support: Arizona State University students can apply for summer fellowships from the ASU Confucius Institute.

Click for ASU Confucius Institute Summer Fellowship Application.

Click for 2013 Summer Chinese Program at Sichuan University Flyer

Click for press release.