China Institute & the School of Chinese Studies

China Institute advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community. It was founded in 1926 by a group of distinguished American and Chinese educators including John Dewey, Hu Shih, Paul Monroe and Dr. Kuo Ping-wen. China Institute is the oldest bicultural organization in America devoted exclusively to China. Learn More

The School of Chinese Studies was chartered in 1944 by the Board of Regents of the New York State Department of Education. With a direct endorsement by New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John E. Wade granted the school accreditation to offer in-service credit courses for teachers, and China Institute was soon recognized as the nation’s first and largest school of Chinese studies of its kind.

Our goal is to create a learning community that sustains and encourages excitement for Chinese language and culture by connecting with other like-minded individuals. Through language classes, short courses, workshops, study tours and the creation of curriculum materials, we are carrying on our mission to support students and educators in building and maintaining a life-long engagement with China. Learn More