Confucius Institute

Learn Chinese. See the World.
We help South Dakota students expand their perspective and gain an edge in the global economy with a Chinese language program that is practical, doable, and fun.

Explore our culture center. Learn from a visiting scholar. Experience Chinese art and cultural performances. Even arrange to study in China. It's all here at the Confucius Institute at Northern. Students of all ages are welcome to enroll in Mandarin Chinese classes and attend Chinese cultural events on Northern's campus, in Aberdeen, and across South Dakota.


Why Learn Chinese?

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world; learning Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture offers a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Better career options
  • Educational advancement
  • Personal growth and fulfillment
  • Unforgettable experiences
  • A broader perspective on the world

Discover all the ways you can learn Chinese language and culture through the Confucius Institute at Northern!

The Confucius Institute offers several Chinese language and culture classes! Please check the course schedules. Click below to visit the NSU course catalog for all courses.

Each summer university and high school students are eligible to travel to China for a language and culture camp, joining others who have studied Mandarin through a local Confucius Institute.

Each year Northern State University and the University of Jinan welcome scholars from all fields to study, conduct research or teach. Click below to contact us about these opportunities!

Each year the Confucius Institute hosts Chinese performance groups, visiting artists and exhibits, lectures and classes such as Tai Chi and cooking. For events and news, follow us on Facebook.