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Intro to Chinese Characters and Stoke Order

CIUMN is offering a one-time weekend class taking place on Saturday, August 1. This class is for individuals interested in learning about Chinese character stroke order and identifying radicals. After this course students will have knowledge of how t properly write characters using stroke order and how to predict the meaning of unknown characters by looking at radicals. This community Chinese class is open to learners of all levels.

Date: Saturday, August 1

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: University International Center, 331 - 17th Ave SE

Cost: $50.00

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Dragon Boat Festival, July 11-12, 2015

The Confucius Institute hosted a resource table with free kids activities at the annual Dragon Boat Festival held at Lake Phalen. Activities included coloring dragon masks, a chopstick race, and a Chinese character guessing game.

CIUMN awarded NSLI-Y program grant 

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth.  NSLI-Y is a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. The program is sponsored by the Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic year overseas immersion programs. 

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota has been awarded a partner sub-grant by American Councils for International Education to implement a summer 2015 Chinese (Mandarin) program in Shanghai, China from June to August. In collaboration with American Councils, the Confucius Institute will provide a seven-week immersive language and culture learning experience for 20 students selected from the NSLI-Y nation-wide competition. During the seven-week experience, NSLI-Y participants will study in Shanghai, the most populous metropolis in Eastern China. In addition to language learning and tutoring, participants will also have the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese culture, live with a host family, and learn about recent socio-economic developments through extra-curricular activities, sightseeing and leadership building.

Learn more about what our NSLI-Y group is doing in Shanghai by following our weekly highlights.


Jewish Refugess in Shanghai

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai (1933-1941) is a collaborative community effort to share information about the unique experiences of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II.

The exhibit has ended but you can still learn about the topic and other resources on the exhibit website.

CIUMN named 2014 Confucius Institute of the Year

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota was awarded the “Confucius Institute of the Year” for 2014 at the 9th Confucius Institute Conference in Xiamen! Read more.

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