U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

The U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University forges academic, business, and cultural partnerships between Bryant University and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and governmental offices in China.

Established in March 2005, the U.S.-China Institute provides students and faculty with broad global perspectives and experiences and offers China-related services to businesses and communities.  The Confucius Institute   was established in October 2006 to further promote U.S.-China exchanges for K-12 schools and communities in New England.  

2018 Chinese New Year Celebration-- The Year of the Dog

2018 CNY

Saturday, Feburary 17
Time: 2:00P.M.-4:00P.M.
Location: Main Gym, Chace Wellness Center, Bryant University 

This family friendly event is free and open to the general public.

This event is made possible with support from:


Community Chinese Classes in Spring of 2018


  • Chinese for Young Learners (Beginning)

Dates: Every Wednesday, 3/1~5/10, 6~7pm for 10 weeks (No class on 4/19) 
Location: Bryant campus  
Cost : $300/student 
Registration Form  

  • Chinese for Adults (Beginning)

Dates:   Every Tuesday, 2/27~5/8, 6~7:30pm for 10 weeks  (No class on 3/13)
 Bryant campus   
Registration Form 

2018 Schedule for Chinese Proficiency Tests (HSK/HSKK/YCT)

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Test Type

Saturday, Janurary 20

Janurary 10


Saturday, March 24

March 14


Sunday, April 22

April 12


Saturday, May 12

May 2

YCT (w/ spoken test)

Saturday, May 19

May 9


Sunday, October 14

October 4


Saturday, November 10

October 31


Sunday, December 2

November 22






DUNHUANG: An Oasis for East-West Cultural, Commercial, and Religious Exchanges along the Ancient Silk Road

September 27 - October 6, 2017 in the Heidi and Walter Stepan Grand Hall on Bryant University campus - registration required.


This is a rare interactive exh ibit and series of seminars hosted by the U.S. - China Institute over the 10-day period. Visitors will be able to explore the exhibit through a guided tour and enter into a 1:1 scale reconstructed cave. Bryant University is the first U.S. academic instiution to host such an exhibit. The exhibit will feature cave number 285 of the Mogao Grottoes , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cave 285 is among the most significant of the more than 490 caves at Dunhuang, dating back to the Western Wei Dynasty (534-556AD).

Over the ten days, we are hosting a series of seminars focusing on the culture, history, and environment surrounding these caves and the exchanges that took place along this section of the ancient Silk Road. To see full schedule of the week's events and to register for a tour or seminar, please visit bryant.edu\dunhuang.

This event is free for Smithfield residents and Bryant faculty, students, and staff. Resitration required.

Preview the exhibit catalog here.

This exhibit is made possible by the Dunhuang Academy , The Confucius Insitute Headquarters, and the U.S. - China Instiute at Bryant University.


2017 STARTALK Chinese Language TEACHER Program

Dates: July 5-25, 2017(No class on weekends)
Bryant University
Application deadline: May 31
Please visit 2017 STARTALK TEACHER Program  for more information. 

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Bryant Dragon Dance Team Won Third Place and Award in China!


Bryant Dragon Dance Team traveled to China and won third place and "Most Popular Team Award" in Lujia International Dragon Dance Competition, Kunshan, China on Sept. 8, 2013. The team was also reported by several TV and news outlets in China. Eastablished in 2009, Bryant team is believed to be the first university dragon dance team in the U.S and was the only team from north America in the competition. Members of the team shared their experience in China on  this blog .   

Bryant Dragon Dance Team Placed Third in International Competition

The University's dragon dance team  placed third in international competition held in Shanghai. This news clip  from Shanghai TV includes an interview with alumnus Christopher Neale '10, who competed with the Bryant team. Team members who traveled to China to compete maintained a blog that can be read here .

Bryant launches project to replicate Forbidden City's Shu Fang Zhai in Rhode Island

Bryant University and its U.S.-China Institute announced, on May 17, 2008, an ambitious project that will bring a replica of the Forbidden City's Shu Fang Zhai to the Bryant campus. The new building will be the first authentic replica to be built outside of China with the permission and cooperation of the Chinese government. Read more>>>