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

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.

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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.

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Sunday, June 9, 2013 (All day) - Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (All day)

The 15-day residential program provides students an opportunity to explore and expand their knowledge in Chinese language and culture through a highly structured curriculum. During the program, students will receive Chinese language instruction and participate in fun, hands-on cultural activities. The program boasts a living-learning setting where participants will gain first-hand college life experience.   The camp is for current 8-12th grade Arizona high school students, whose proficiency level of Chinese language ranges from zero to intermediate.  Tuition, room, meals, instructional materials, and field trip are FREE and will be covered by the STARTALK grant. 

ONLY accepted applicants will pay $150 non-refundable program fee upon acceptance of the program. 

The application deadline for this program is Friday, April 5.  For information about the program and the application process, visit Startalk Application. For other inquiries, please contact us at    

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 (All day)

ASU Confucius Institute will host the Third Chinese Speech Competition in conjunction with the SILC Language Fair on March 19.  High School students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in Chinese and compete with other high school students of the same level.  This competition is open to students from Novice to Intermediate levels of Chinese.  For more information, contact Wenjing Xie at

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