About us

The Confucius Institute is a non-profit public institution that aims to promote the Chinese language and culture. Following the successes of Germany, France, Spain, and the UK to promote these items, China decided in 2004 to do the same by establishing Confucius Institutes all over the globe, and headquarters in Beijing, China. ​​

The Confucius Institute at Stellenbosch University (CISU) was established at the end of 2007. It is based within Stellenbosch University International (SUI) but is based at the WAT Building on Banghoek Street in Stellenbosch. ​Please note that we have temporarily moved to the Department of Forestry and Wood Science until July 2023 and we are currently located there.

It is important to distinguish between the courses and services offered by the Confucius Institute (as non-credit-bearing) and those offered by Stellenbosch University, which are indeed credit-bearing. The courses listed on our website, are presented at different levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) and do not contribute to fulfilling degrees. For a list of courses presented by the University, please consult the website of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. ​​

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Directorship: Based at SU International, the CISU is co-directed by Mr. Robert Kotze from SU International and Prof Binlan HUANG of the Confucius Institute. 


The CISU is committed to providing Chinese language and culture teaching resources and services at the university at large, as well as in the Western Cape of South Africa. The main mission is to accommodate and facilitate people who are interested in and willing to learn the Chinese language and understand Chinese culture.

Chinese courses are offered to university students, school pupils as well as the general Stellenbosch community on a weekly basis throughout the year.

For more information on the mission, by-laws, and constitution the of Center for Language Education and Cooperation, please visit the website​.

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