Chinese courses are offered at the beginning and intermediate levels as an introduction to the Mandarin Chinese language and a study of the cultures of the People's Republic of China.
Instructors for these courses are from the Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU). They are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese.
CIAU represents a partnership between AU, the Office of the International Chinese Language Council and China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, China.
The goal of the CIAU is to promote the Chinese language and culture through education in upstate New York and to help people further their understanding of China today.