About Us

The Confucius Institute at Mason is committed to sharing knowledge to all who wish to learn about Chinese language and culture and building bridges between cultures. The Institute offers educational programs about Chinese language and culture to schools, community organizations, interested individuals, and businesses.

The Confucius Institute at George Mason University (CIMason) is located on the main campus George Mason University’s (GMU) in Fairfax County, Virginia, just half an hour’s drive from the U.S. capital in Washington, D.C.

The Confucius Institute at Mason endeavors to provide resources and services to schools, communities and institutions in Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. area to promote greater understanding and study of Chinese language and culture, and to develop non-governmental exchanges between the U.S. and China.

The Confucius Institute at Mason has developed a differentiated, sustainable, and feasible development strategy for creating high-standard and high-impact programs that are based on the local needs of the community. The Confucius Institute at Mason has emphasized programs with public school districts in Virginia and Washington D.C., with other universities in Virginia, and with the local community, which are targeted at increasing the number of people who speak Chinese and have an objective understanding of China.

Supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International of the Chinese Ministry of Education (Hanban), CIMason is a joint project between George Mason University and Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). The agreement to establish the Confucius Institute at Mason was reached in October 2008 and the opening ceremony was held in April 2009.

Confucius Institute at Mason and Hanban Agreement

Memorandum of Agreement between GMU and BLCU

Confucius Institute at Mason Organization Chart

Information about Confucius Institutes around the world

Is your school is interested in setting up a Confucius Classroom? 

The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) has funds available to support Chinese language and cultural education programs in K12 schools. Interested schools in Virginia and Washington D.C. should refer to the Guidelines for Applying for Confucius Classroom and contact the Confucius Institute at Mason for more information.

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