About Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU)

CIRU aims to broaden Chinese language instruction, promote Chinese culture, spur the development of Chinese Studies, and advance a wide range of cultural exchanges of the U.S. and China.

Academic Lectures, Conferences and Workshops

CIRU organizes lectures, conferences, and training workshops every year to bring professors and leading specialists to discuss a range of topics pertaining to China.

Learn Chinese!

We run a variety of Chinese classes, workshops and lectures about language, culture, history and other topicsĀ  - both at Rutgers and for the community.

Study in China

CIRU runs summer camp programs in China for high school students, college students and school administrators, giving an opportunity to immerse in Chinese language and culture.

K-12 Activities

CIRU runs a variety of activities and programs geared towards K-12 as well as support for Chinese language teachers in schools across New Jersey.

Chinese Cultural Performances

CIRU sponsors yearly performances showcasing various Chinese performing arts such as wushu, Chinese ethnic dances, Chinese Kun Opera among many others.

Spring 2014 Evening Classes

Elementary Chinese
Time: Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30PM-8PM
Location: Murray Hall 211 on Mondays and Room 102 in Confucius Institute on Thursdays

Start Date: 03/10/2014-05/02/2014 (8 weeks)

Description: This 8-week course is an introduction to Mandarin Chinese for speakers of English with no knowledge of the language. Focus is on developing students' speaking and listening abilities to handle most common situations in daily life in China. Based on the needs of the students, the instructor will also teach Chinese writing. This course is suited for anyone who plans to visit China, exploring the Chinese market, or simply likes to expand one's intellectual horizon by learning a fascinating language as Chinese.


Conversational Chinese 2A
Time: Tuesdays and Fridays 6:30PM-8PM
Location: Room 102 in Confucius Institute

Start Date: 03/11/2014-05/02/2014 (8 weeks)

Description: This 8-week course is a continuation of Conversational Chinese 1B and all equivalents. Focus is on enhancing students' listening and speaking abilities to engage in daily conversations and express their needs with some fluency. Through guided conversation exercises, students will also be introduced to Chinese culture and traditions. Completion of this course will enable students to function in a Chinese environment.


Conversational Chinese 3B
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30PM-8PM
Location: Room 102 in Confucius Institute

Start Date: 03/10/2014-04/30/2014 (8 weeks)

Description: This 8-week course Level 3B is for students who have studied Chinese for more than two years or equivalent. They are proficient in Pinyin and have mastered about 1000 Chinese characters. Students should be able to make conversations in Chinese. The purpose of Level 3B is to expand vocabulary and grammar. After completing 3B, students can speak Chinese with some fluency on a variety of topics of everyday concern and are able to read simple Chinese articles.


Advanced Chinese Through Chinese Media
Time: Tuesdays and Fridays 6:30PM-8PM
Location: Scott Hall 102

Start Date: 02/11/2014-05/02/2014 (12 weeks)

Description: This 12 week evening class is for students with intermediate Chinese language skills. The instructor will introduce Chinese language in Chinese broadcasting and newspaper. Students will have the opportunity to not only practice and strengthen their listening but also their reading skills in Chinese. Students will gain a better understanding of the language structure used in Chinese media.

Contact Us


Confucius Institute at Rutgers University(CIRU)
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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