2016 UD-NSLIY: Are You Ready?

Funded by the US State Department and American Councils, the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware (UDCI) is implementing the 2016 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)’s Summer Institute of Chinese Language and Culture program again this year! Thirty talented American high school students from sixteen states in the nation are recruited from a very competitive national selection process for this prestigious NSLIY Scholarship program. Participants from Alabama,  California,  Delaware,  Florida,  Illinois,  Kansas,  Maryland,  Massachusetts,  Nevada,  New York,  Ohio,  Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin will join the UDCI’s Director Dr. Jianguo Chen, director of the UD-NSLIY program as welll, and other chaperons at the Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) in Hilton Newark Airport from June 29 to 30.  The group will depart for China on July 1st and spend the next six weeks in Xiamen, its surrounding areas as well as Shanghai and Beijing for a full immersion experience in Chinese language and culture in July and August. Stay tuned for more updates.

Congratulations to Chinese Speech Contest Winners

On Thursday, April 21, the Confucius Institute and the University of Delaware’s Chinese Program co-sponsored a Chinese Speech Contest for students taking Chinese at all levels. Participants showed off their skills and creativity by performing skits, singing songs, and reciting poetry. Congratulations to the winners in each category!

Beginner Level
First Place: Nick Rogers and Nina Davila
Second Place: Dante Pavan and Norma Cruz
Third Place: Kaelyn Zusi and T.J. Gibbons

Intermediate Level
First Place: Megan Mannino
Second Place: Adam Sallade, Desmond Stanback, Dunia Tonob, Reed Bidgood, Sara Suarez, and Wesley Yang
Third Place: Tim Schroeder

Advanced Level
First Place: Evangelista Barylski
Second Place: Davis Pfund, Fernando Rodriguez, and Gabriel Menoscal
Third Place: Amin Lo and Maricanna Green


China Forum Features Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue on April 12, 2016

lotus-enlightThe Confucius Institute cordially invites you to a new “China Forum” lecture on Buddhist-Catholic dialogue on Tuesday, April 12th 2016 on UD campus.

Robert Magliola received his doctorate in 1970 from Princeton University in comparative literature. He is retired from the (interfaith) Graduate School of Philosophy and Religions, Assumption University of Thailand, where he was professor of philosophy and religious studies; and from National Taiwan University, where he was distinguished chair professor in the Graduate School of Liberal Arts. Prof. Magliola, who first became known as a specialist in hermeneutics and deconstruction (Purdue U. and National Taiwan U.), has for the last twenty-two years focused on Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue, publishing widely in Buddhist Studies and comparative religion (book chapters and articles). He is the author of the following important books: Phenomenology and Literature; Derrida on the Mend; On Deconstructing Life-Worlds: Buddhism, Christianity, Culture; Facing Up to Real Doctrinal Difference: How Some Thought-Motifs from Derrida Can Nourish the Catholic-Buddhist Encounter.

Prof. Magliola will talk about “Ways of Doing, Thinking and Non-thinking: Buddhist Wisdom for Western Dialogists” in the upcoming China Forum at UD.

Please mark your calendar for this lecture:

Date: Tuesday April 12, 2016
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Gore Hall 102
Direction and parking info for Gore Hall: http://maps.rdms.udel.edu/map/index.php?id=NC36

Light refreshments and beverages will be provided after the event. The event is open to the public for FREE.

Apply Now for the 2016 Confucius Institute Scholarship

The 2016 Confucius Institute (CI) Scholarship now is accepting application through the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware.

Categories of the 2016 scholarship include:

1. Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL) Students
2. Scholarship for one-Academic-Year Study + MTCSOL Students
3. Scholarship for Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL) Students
4. Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Study Students
5. Scholarship for One-Semester Study Students

Click HERE to see the specific requirement for each category.

Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35 (Chinese language teachers in post shall be aged below 45, and applicants for bachelor degree seeking scholarship (BTCSOL) should be aged below 20).

Recipients of the scholarship can choose from a list of will be studying in Xiamen University, Xiamen, China.

Admission day is either on September 1st, 2016 or March 1st, 2017.


Scholarship Coverage:

The Confucius Institute Scholarship provides full coverage on tuition fee, accommodation fee, living allowance and comprehensive medical insurance expenses.

Living allowance is granted by the host institution on monthly basis. The allowance criteria per person are:

  • BTCSOL, One-Academic-Year Study, One-Semester Study: RMB2,500 (approx. USD380) per month
  • MTCSOL: RMB3,000 (approx. USD460) per month

Click HERE to see more details about the scholarship coverage.

Application Procedure

Applicants should create an account and log on to http://cis.chinese.cn, complete and submit the “Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form” online, and attach the electronic files of the following materials per instruction:

  1. Passport personal information page with photo.
  2. HSK, HSKK score reports.
  3. Notarized highest education diploma attained (scheduled graduation proof or official proof of student status).
  4. Official transcript.
  5. Personal Statement (please specify why you are interested in the scholarship and how it would benefit your future study and long term career goal)
  6. Name and contact information of at least two academic or professional references.
  7. Applicants under the age of 18 shall submit relevant legal documents of entrusted legal guardians in China.

Submit your application form, current resume, personal statement, and the names and contact information of at least two academic or professional references via email to bethxu@udel.edu or drop it off at the UDCI’s office at 121 E Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711.

Application Deadline: April 22, 2016.

Please be advised that you will be asked to provide more documents once you pass the first round selection. First round interview will be held in the week of April 25, 2016.

About Credit Transfer

Scholarship Recipients are required to consult their academic advisor as well as Dr. Haihong Yang, Credit Transfer Officer of the UD Chinese Program by phone 302-831-2580 or via email hyang@udel.edu about credit transfer in relation to their Chinese studies at Xiamen University before they leave for Xiamen.

Scholarship recipients must comply with UD’s credit transfer requirement. More information can be obtained from http://www.udel.edu/registrar/transfer/transins-intl-sa.html. Students must complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form before they leave.

About International Travel Insurance Requirement

Scholarship recipients must register in the Institute of Global Studies database and fulfill the University’s international travel insurance requirement before they leave for Xiamen University. Contact Karen Lundin, Academic Program Coordinator at IGS by phone 302-831-4399 via email klundin@udel.edu after the scholarship is confirmed.

About HSK Tests

All applicants are encouraged to take HSK tests. The Confucius Institute at UD will offer HSK and HSKK tests through out the year. Please contact Ms. Wenqian Chen (email wqchen@udel.edu) for details at least seven business days before test date.

HSK & HSKK Test Dates in Spring 2016 (UD Newark Campus)
HSK: Feb 21; Mar 20; Apr 16; May 21; June 12
HSKK: Mar 20; May 21

Click HERE for the complete application guidelines.

UD Chinese New Year Gala on Feb. 27 at Mitchell Hall

2016 CNY poster WEB_smThe Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association invite the University of Delaware campus community and the public to a special celebration of the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Monkey — on Saturday February 27, in Mitchell Hall on UD’s Newark campus.

This year, the Chinese New Year fell on Monday February 8th to start the Year of Monkey in the Chinese zodiac.

On Saturday Feb. 27, starting from 6:30 p.m., an evening of traditional and modern Chinese New Year festivities will be presented in Mitchell Hall.

Tickets are sold online at https://udcssa.yapsody.com/event/index/28589/2016. Prices vary at $12.99, $6.99, $4.99 and $2.99 per person. Online booking processing fee may apply.  Limited tickets may be also available at the door.

For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at UD at 302-831-7188/7190 or via email confucius@udel.edu.


Fulbright Lecture on Feb. 25, 2016

In collaboration with the Institute of Global Studies, Dr. Xiaoyan Xiao, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute will present a lecture about her research on Chinese sign language and the Deaf community in China.

To Sign in Our Times: A Discussion of progress & problems for Deaf people in China
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.
Roselle Center for the Arts

asl-logoIn this talk, Dr. Xiao, an expert in interpretation from Xiamen University, will share how her passion for language led her to research the status of the more than 20 million Deaf people in China. She’ll put into context the history of signed languages and will brief the audience on family life, education, and career opportunities for the Chinese Deaf community today. She will also discuss how her Fulbright residency at Gallaudet University led her to understand current problems, prospects, and the path forward for the largest Deaf community in the world.

Sign language interpreting provided for this lecture. 

More information about the Fulbright Lecture Series can be found –> HERE.