USM Confucius Institute

USM is partnering with Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, China to host Maine’s first Confucius Institute (CI).

Programs offered through the USM Confucius Institute will provide Maine's educators, businesspeople, and community members with opportunities to engage in Chinese studies. The USM Confucius Institute joins more than approximately 400 institutes throughout the world and 90 institutes nationwide.

Building on an existing campus- and community-wide interest in the study of Mandarin and Chinese culture, the initial focus of the institute is language, culture, and education.

Chinese Language & Culture for K-12 Educators


K-12 Educators: Enroll now to become proficient in Mandarin Chinese or earn K-12 World Language Teacher Certification

Take the HSK

The Confucius Institute at USM is now offering the HSK, a standardized proficiency exam for Chinese, administered by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

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