K-12 Chinese Language and Cultural Programs

About the Program

With the rapid growth of China's economy and exchanges with the world, there are increasing demands to learn more about China and the Chinese language around the globe. Benefiting from the UK, France, Germany and Spain's experience in promoting their national languages and culture, China began its own exploration through establishing non-profit institutions to promote Chinese language and culture in foreign countries in 2004. These institutions are named after the famed 5 th Century BC educator - Confucius – as the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute Headquarters (a.k.a. Hanban) is located in Beijing.

The Xavier University of Louisiana Confucius Institute (CI) was officially launched in October 2012. We work with schools and districts across the region to establish and expand programs in Chinese language instruction. 

Cost and Requirements 

  • Funding commitment: $2,500 annual fee for each teacher from participating schools, which covers the teacher’s visa sponsoring fee, teacher pre-work training, administration, paperwork, international mail, and etc. 
  • Targeted Student Enrollment: Total Chinese language enrollment of all sessions no less than 200 per semester

Highlights of Program

  • The teachers are paid by Hanban. 
  • The teachers are well experienced and trained by Hanban
  • Each participating school will select their teacher from the candidate pool
  • Middle-high school students can participate in an annual Chinese language contest, the winner of which represents Louisiana to compete with students from 7 other states
  • The Confucius Institute sponsors regular cultural events and/or presentations at your school
  • Students can participate in the Confucius Institute organized High School Summer Camp in China. Costs of food, accommodation, and group activities in China covered by program
  • District/School administrators are invited to participate in the Louisiana Education Delegation to China program. Costs of food, accommodation and group activities in China covered by program. We have enjoyed two trips since 2014
  • Chinese book donations from Hanban through the Confucius Institute
  • The Confucius Classroom establishment at K-12 schools: ($10,000 start-up funds, and $10,000 annual funds from Hanban thereafter)