Confucius Classrooms (CC) are an extension of Confucius Institute program, committed to promoting the study of Chinese language and culture by setting up effective and sustainable educational programs in primary and secondary schools and in universities worldwide. By the end of 2010, there were 369 Confucius Classrooms established in 96 countries.
Various activities are organized to better promote the study of Chinese language and culture within Confucius Classrooms, including teaching Chinese, educating non-Chinese instructors on to teach Chinese in primary and secondary schools, organizing conferences and in-service events related to the teaching of Chinese language and culture, implementing Chinese language and culture courses for the local community, supporting Chinese cultural activities and competitions. Hanban (the Office of Chinese Language Council International) provides a package of resources and teaching materials to each Classroom for children and young people across a wide age range to help with teaching Chinese language and culture.
The William & Mary Confucius Institute (WMCI) is charged with promoting the study of Chinese language and culture at the College and in the Central and Southeastern regions of Virginia. The WMCI was established in 2011 and dedicated in 2012, joining a network of over 300 Confucius Institutes worldwide. It is the second Confucius Institute at a public university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Currently, WMCI is making efforts to set up a Confucius Classroom in local primary and secondary schools.