2019 Moon Festival Celebration

The Confucius Institute (UDCI) and the Institute for Global Scholars (IGS) cordially invite all community members to celebrate 2019 Moon Festival, which is also known as Mid-Autumn Festival. This year, the event is at the iHouse, Ray Street C, at the campus of University of Delaware. Please mark your calendar and join us for a fun celebration gala for this second most celebrated festival in Chinese culture. Happy 2019 Moon Festival!

poster of festival

2019 Fall Semester Chinese Language Classes

The Confucius Institute will continue offering Chinese language classes to all UD affiliated faculty, professionals, staff, and their spouses as well as alumni in fall 2019. Non-credit classes or activities are open to the general public. Children under the age of 18 are not eligible to participate in this program unless specified otherwise.

Classes will start from the week of August 27, 2019.

All classes and activities are FREE but registration is REQUIRED.
Please complete this on-line registration form.

Class size is limited to 15 people; registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis. The Confucius Institute reserves the right to cancel any classes due to student shortage.

Confucius Institute Class Schedule – Fall Semester 2019

  • Chinese Level I for faculty/staff/alumni
    from August 27 to December 3 for fourteen weeks.
    (Class does not meet on November 26 due to Thanksgiving Break.)
    Time:  5:15- 6:30 PM
    Classroom: TBD 
    Instructor: Mrs. Yan Huang

2019 Spring Outing_ A Day At The Lums Pond State Park

In collaboration with the Chinese program of Department of Languages Literatures and Cultures (DLLC) as well as the China America Association at the University of Delaware (UDCAA), the Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware (UDCI) organized and sponsored the first “Spring Outing” event on April 13, 2019. The event was held as a picnic on the beautiful pond side between 9:30am-3pm at the Lums Pond State park.

Spring break ended a week ago. However, Newark seems to have just woken up after a long winter season this Saturday. The weather was sunny and warm, surprisingly perfect after a night of heavy showers. Regardless of the still slightly damp picnic benches at the picnic area, about 60 students and professors signed up and came to have nature’s refreshment through the day.

group picture of the picnic

UDCI’s new visiting teachers, Ms. Yan Huang and Ms. Hongping Xiao, arrived the park as the first team early in the morning. They set up an outdoor gallery where guests could enjoy the activities in practicing Chinese calligraphies, making kite crafts, using chopsticks, and folding paper origami.

In addition to the traditional Chinese food catered from a local restaurant, student members from UDCAA skillfully lit up the barbecue and added a thick layer of spring vitality to the morning woods.

All professors from the Chinese program of DLLC joined the event and performed the target language use almost 100% of the time with their students. Several students received the prizes according to the excellent participation through the event.

Students enjoyed running, chatting, and flying kites after the lunch and several field games were played. Winning field team members from the field games received UDCI souvenirs from Dr. Jianguo with Chen, the chair of the Confucius Institute.

There’s nothing like Spring Outing. The students and faculties as well as their guests and families came out together and enjoyed the day of the refreshing spring breeze. As with how the event was firstly initiated, it not only elevated the culture awareness but also expanded the community opportunities, especially for the Chinese program students who were excited to meet new friends while practicing the target language and the culture. The event was successful and well appreciated by all the members and guests who came. There was something for everyone. Many people wished the Spring Outing event could be a proud tradition in the future.

UDCI Celebrates the Chinese New Year of the Golden Pig

The Confucius Institute at the University of Delaware (UDCI) and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) presented a spectacular Chinese New Year Gala to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Pig at Mitchell Hall on the evening of Sunday, February 24th. 

Among the distinguished guests were Honorable US Senator Chris Coons, UD President Assanis and Mrs. Assanis, New Castle County Executive Matthew S. Meyer, Dean Atekwana, Deputy Dean of Learner College of Business Rick Andrews, Governor John Carney’s Communication Liaison Larry Morris, Assistant Vice President Kristian Graves, and Director of the Institute for Global Studies Trevor Nelson.

The Gala attracted a wonderful audience of more than 500 people from across the campus and beyond. It received many warm congratulations and was highly praised as another successful cross-cultural event that has helped foster the understanding of Chinese culture and strengthen the friendship between the great peoples of the two great countries, America and China.



The day after the gala, US Senator Coons posted a congratulation message on his Facebook page, thanking UD for a wonderful cultural program and expressing his best wishes for the Chinese New Year.


For more media coverage of the program, click the links below. Happy New Year!