USF students at local opera in Qingdao
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Peking opera dance by visiting Xuzhou Normal University (XNU)

The USF Confucius Institute is a partnership between USF and Qingdao University. It is one of over 400 Confucius Institutes worldwide. USF is the first university in Florida and the first major public research university in the Southeastern United States to establish a Confucius Institute in early 2008.

The USF Confucius Institute provides

    • Academic support to the USF Chinese language program and other related disciplines;
    • Community engagement in Tampa Bay to promote cross-cultural understanding through cultural performance and CI Lectures;
    • Outreach to K-12 schools to improve and expand Chinese language programs; and
    • Help to create a statewide network on educational initiatives related to Chinese language, tourism, trade, and sustainable healthy communities.

To learn more about the USF Confucius Institute, please download our brochure and watch a 7-minute video.


USF World Statement Regarding Recent Events in Paris
November 14, 2015

The University of South Florida is deeply saddened by the events in Paris on Friday, November 13. Our sympathies go out to the French people, our French community here at USF and all those who lost loved ones or were shaken by these events. While we are relieved that USF faculty, staff and students in France are unharmed, we recognize that as of Friday night the French nation is under a state of emergency. As of Monday (Nov. 16) morning, France’s businesses, tourist locations, schools and the borders are opening.  However, do plan on experiencing delays as security checks may be increased.

If you are currently traveling abroad and wish to reestablish your travel and security or seek further clarity around your current travel plans, please contact Ben Chamberlain, International Risk and Safety Officer, in USF World who will be an excellent resource for you.

Similarly, we recognize that members of the USF system community may be traveling internationally as the holidays approach and we want to reassure you that USF World monitors world events and maintains a 24/7 International Assistance Line (1-813-317-5815) for your use. You may also choose to contact Ben at and he can assist you in ensuring you have appropriately considered your safety.  As a reminder, please refer to the USF related student and business travel guidelines and services on our website.

Wishing the USF community safe travels,

Roger Brindley, Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, USF World

1. Practicing Calligraphy - July 2015
Continuing Partnership for K-12 Teachers on Chinese Arts and Culture
September 10, 2015

The USF Confucius Institute is honored to continue its partnership with the UF Harn Museum of Art into the fourth year in offering another summer institute on Chinese art and culture to K-12 teachers in Florida. More than twenty teachers attended the two-day Read More

1. Inside the Forbidden City (Palace Museum)
Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for Florida High School Students
August 13, 2015

Each year, hundreds of American high school students experience China firsthand through the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp culture and language learning program. Read More

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