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About OUCI

Established in 2006, the University of Oklahoma Confucius Institute (OUCI) seeks to support Oklahoma educators in their efforts to teach the Chinese language, and to assist those Oklahoma businesses that wish to do business in the Chinese speaking world. The first Confucius Institute in the US South, OUCI has become one of the most comprehensive Confucius Institutes in the nation.


OUCI endeavors to build strong relations between the people of the South Central U.S. and the people of China. OUCI works with governmental, corporate, and educational institutions and organizations to offer exceptional China-related educational and community services.

Remarks from Former President David Boren

“It is a great honor for OU to be selected as one of a very small number of universities in the nation to host a Confucius Institute. There is no more important relationship to the security and quality of life for the entire globe during this century than the relationship between China and the United States. OU proudly accepts the challenge to enhance understanding and mutual respect between the people of China and the United States.”


  • Lectures, seminars, & special events
  • Resource library with 4,500+ print & media materials 
  • Chinese Corner — a weekly gathering for Chinese conversation practice and cultural activities 
  • Chinese Culture Seminars
  • Chinese language program development for Oklahoma’s K-12 schools & universities 
  • K- 12 teacher exchanges 
  • Resources, training, & certification 
  • Chinese culture seminars
  • OU Outreach trips for teachers and faculty/staff 
  • Credit & non-credit courses for adult learners through the OU College of Continuing Education 
  • CI Scholarships to study in China for high-school, undergraduate, & graduate students 
  • Chinese Bridge Speech Contest & Scholarship for high school and undergraduate students 
  • Chinese Bridge/Big 12 Summer Camp for high school students
  • K-12 student & teacher exchanges
  • HSK (Chinese Proficiency Exam) testing
  • OU Outreach trips for students
  • Translation & interpretation 
  • Business Chinese courses 
  • Chinese culture seminars
  • OU Outreach trips for business professionals