Frequently Asked Questions

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Confucius Institutes and Classrooms FAQs

Who is sponsoring the Confucius Institutes and Classrooms program?

This program is made possible through a collaboration between the College Board and Hanban (Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters) in China.

What is the purpose of this program?

The program aims to support the development of K-12 Chinese language programs in the U.S. by providing funding, resources and guidance to participating institutions. 

What are the requirements of participating institutions?
  • Have an existing Chinese language and culture program.
  • Sign a program participation agreement.
  • Submit semiannual and annual reports and budgets detailing the development of the program.
  • Be willing to share successful aspects of your Chinese program and serve as a program representative at national and international events.
What is the difference between a College Board Confucius Institute (CI) and a College Board Confucius Classroom (CC)?

The most important differences between CIs and CCs are:

  • College Board CIs are district-based and oversee multiple CCs. CCs are school-based, and each school can host only one CC.
  • Districts can oversee one or multiple CCs. Districts hosting more than one CC can also apply for CI designation. Independent schools can only apply to host a single CC.
  • CIs are eligible for additional funding.
  • CIs require that a district-funded administrator be designated as the Institute Director. CCs only require a physical classroom where resources and materials are housed.
What funding is available for CIs and CCs?
  • For the district CI: Seed grant funding for the 2012-13 school year of up to $150.000, depending on the proposal details and program size. Funding amounts for subsequent years will be based on request and on the merit of projects and review of the previous year's implementation of the grant. 
  • For each CC within the district or an independent school-based CC: Seed grant funding for the 2012-13 school year of up to $10,000, depending on the proposal details. Resource and programmatic support for subsequent years will be based on request and on the merit of projects and review of the previous year's implementation of the grant.

CICC grant funding can be used for the purchase of resources and materials, participation in activities related to Chinese language and culture education, professional development and travel. Funding cannot be used to pay teacher or administrator salaries.

What is the timeline of the program?

Applications for the 2012-13 school year are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications received by Jan. 15, 2012, will be given priority consideration. Please contact if you are interested in applying or have further questions.

Who is eligible to apply?

Accredited U.S. K-12 school districts and independent schools are eligible to apply. The CICC program is particularly looking for institutions with:

  • Proven track records in the implementation of Chinese language and culture education programs and evidence of impact on students, educators and the local community.
  • Previous participation in one or more College Board and/or Hanban Chinese initiatives (e.g., Guest Teacher Program, Chinese Bridge Delegation, National Chinese Language Conference, AP Chinese Language and Culture courses).
  • Demonstrated success and/or efforts to obtain additional grants or support to enhance the implementation of the Chinese program.
  • Clear vision of how the program will be expanded and further developed through both the CICC program and additional resources.
What application materials does the program require?

Interested institutions must provide the following application materials:

  • Completed application form/Request for Proposal, including a detailed Chinese program expansion plan and a proposed budget.
  • Two letters of support: one from the district/school chief administrator and one from another administrator who oversees world languages instruction.
  • Chinese program portfolio: up to three samples each of newspaper articles, communication from parents and community members, student work and other materials highlighting the successes of the Chinese program and its impact on the local community.
What is unique about the College Board Confucius Institutes and Classrooms?

Historically, most Confucius Institutes in the U.S. have been based at universities. Through the CICC program, K-12 school districts will be designated as CIs. CIs are established at the district level to oversee the foundation of a group of Confucius Classrooms at individual schools within the district.

The CICC program provides:

  • Sustainable and high-impact delivery of Chinese language and culture education programs that feature good articulation, community support and the engagement of local stakeholders.
  • Access to a variety of College Board and Hanban-organized programs, professional development events and educational resources for administrators, teachers and students.
  • Support in creating sustainable, far-reaching Chinese language programs.
If there is a Confucius Classroom already existing in the district, are we still eligible to apply?

Yes. You are eligible to apply and we encourage you to collaborate with the existing Confucius Classroom.