Our Mission

Welcome to the UCLA Confucius Institute!

Based in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, the UCLA Confucius Institute is providing a platform for the study of Chinese language and culture across our region. Our approach to program development is collaborative, with an eye on quality and a goal to serve Los Angeles' diverse communities. Recognizing the wealth of resources available in California for the study of Chinese language and culture, we build our programs with local needs in mind. Through partnerships with experts at leading educational and cultural institutions, we try to maximize our impact and foster long-term sustainable programs. 
Since the early 19th century, California's Chinese community has contributed to our state's vibrant economy and diverse culture. Today Los Angeles and San Francisco are home to two of the largest Chinese communities in the United States.  As trade and diplomatic relations with China and other Pacific Rim partners expands, the need for more Californian's with advanced knowledge of world languages and cultures continues. In response, the UCLA Confucius Institute is working with campus and community leaders to offer more opportunities for international education and engagement; opportunities such as the China Onscreen program, the Summer Intensive for Bilingual Teachers (Mandarin and Spanish), and the China Arts Fellowship in Shanghai for emerging arts professionals.
The UCLA Confucius Institute receives support from UCLA and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing. The UCLA Confucius Institute is part of a network of over 500 institutes worldwide (primarily university-based) that offer locally-designed programs for their communities. With three professional schools of the arts (School of the Arts and ArchitectureSchool of Theater, Film and Television, and the Herb Alpert School of Music), UCLA is the arts flagship of the University of California system. Recognizing Los Angeles' position as a global arts center and UCLA's expertise in arts education and scholarship, in 2017 the UCLA Confucius Institute was designated one of only a dozen "Cultural Confucius Institutes" worldwide. 
UCLA is proud to partner with Shanghai Jiao Tong University in this endeavor. One of China's leading universities. SJTU faculty and staff support the UCLA Confucius Institute in many ways including offering opportunities for California students, teachers, scientists, and artists to study abroad in China.
We invite you to learn more about us--and about the many opportunities to experience Chinese language and culture in California and across the Pacific.