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The Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University (CISFSU) was established as the first home of the Confucius Institute in Western United States on April 15, 2005 and was formally inaugurated on February 15, 2006, in response to the increasing need for learning Chinese in the United States.
The partner institution in China is Beijing Normal University. CISFSU has devoted every effort to encourage the growth of Chinese language programs in Northern California, and persisted in its commitment to developing and supporting Chinese language teaching, teacher training, and outreach and exchange. We have worked together with our partners to provide more opportunities for Chinese language learners and teachers at all level of education.

We have developed an activity plan which sets out to establish new courses in Chinese, creating new second language acquisition materials, training Chinese teachers and developing new curricula, developing textbook and teaching resource center, and promoting teaching credential programs. Major activities include Mandarin courses, teacher training programs, Chinese Language Bridge Cup Contests for K-12 Students, Chinese Bridge-Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students, Summer Camps, seminars/conferences, community activities, and cultural events. SF State sees the CI as one of the important strategic opportunities to enhance its Chinese language learning and instruction, reach out to and serve the communities in Northern California and beyond, contribute to its goal of internationalization.