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The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) offers a range of courses for people with either a personal or a professional interest in Chinese language and/or culture.

We offer classes in Mandarin Chinese for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. These courses are an opportunity to improve your ability to communicate in Chinese, whether you are a total beginner or reasonably fluent. You will learn in an environment that is fun and relaxed and from teachers who are native speakers of Chinese.

For more information, please email

Course Structure:

We base our courses on the standard textbook for the HSK examinations. The HSK examinations are the Chinese equivalent of IELTS; they are an international exam that is recognised worldwide. The HSK exams are based on the frequency of words in Chinese, so you will learn the most widely used Chinese words first. The HSK textbooks are modern and user friendly. 

If you are a total beginner, you should register for Lower Beginners. If you have done a course with us before, ask your teacher which course to register for. You can also do practice exams to see which level is most appropriate.  


Confucius Institute Evening Class Registration Form

Please note: Upper Beginners (HSK 2B) on a Wedneday with Li Laoshi is a continuation from Term 4, 2022. HSK 2C previously held on Mondays in Term 4, 2022 (Shen Laoshi) moves to HSK 3A on Thursdays with Zhao Laoshi.








Lower Beginners (HSK 1A)

Yujia Song

31 Jan

4 Apr

Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30pm


Intermediate Beginners (HSK 2A)

Weibin Zou

30 Jan

3 Apr

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm


Upper Beginners (HSK 2B)

Qi Li

1 Feb

5 Apr

Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm


Lower Intermediate (HSK 3A)

Jingying Zhao

2 Feb

6 Apr

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm


Upper Intermediate (HSK 3B)

Weibin Zou

2 Feb

6 Apr

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm


Upper Intermediate (HSK 4A)

Linglin Zhu

31 Jan

4 Apr

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm



Please note that there will be no HSK 2A class held on Monday 6th February due to Waitangi Day.


HSK 6 course and Tai Chi course to be confirmed


Fees and Lessons for Term 4 Classes: 

HSK 1A: starting with Lesson 1 (10 x weeks - $150.00)

HSK 2A: starting with Lesson 2 (9 x weeks - $135.00)

HSK 2B: starting with Lesson 10 (10 x weeks - $150.00)

HSK 3A: starting with Lesson 1 (10x weeks - $180.00)

HSK 3B: continuing with Lesson 14 (10 x weeks - $180.00)

HSK 4A: starting with Lesson 1 (10x weeks - $180.00)


Terms usually consist of 10 sessions. Prices are adjusted to the number of lessons offered. We cannot refund course fees for non-attendance.

Please note that all courses will be offered for 9/10 weeks in Term 1. Prices below are reflective of a 10 week term.

  • Beginners levels $150.00
  • Intermediate levels $180.00
  • Advanced levels $200.00

If a term is shorter than 10 weeks, the prices will be adjusted accordingly.


HSK Textbooks/ Workbooks:

If you should require any new or additional textbooks/ workbooks for Term 4, these can be purchased online here:

Please note that all purchases from the CIUC shop are available for collection from Room 209, second floor, James Logie Building on the UC Campus, or through HSK in-class delivery. Postage is also available for a small additional cost. Please select your preferred delivery method upon purchase.


For more information, please email:

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury offers a Chinese calligraphy course. It is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm - 1pm in Room 213, 2nd Floor, James Logie Building.

The calligraphy course is open to everyone and is free.

The Chinese language has its own unique writing system made up of characters or 汉字. They were created about five thousand years ago. There are over 60 000 unique characters but only about 4,000 – 5,000 are used in everyday life. The Chinese writing system is used in China and other Chinese speaking regions such as Singapore. The characters not only serve a practical purpose as the writing system for the Chinese language, but writing them has also become an independent branch of art.

For further information, please contact Linglin Zhu at

2022 Calligraphy Course Flyer

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury has a specialised Martial Instructor who has come to New Zealand for the purpose of teaching and performing traditional Chinese Martial Arts including Tai Chi.

Please note that this course will not run in 2022. Please email with any questions or concerns.

Tai Chi is a proven method of stress reduction and relaxation. It integrates the external or physical and the meditative internal. It improves balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. It is gentle enough to be accessible to people of every ability level but can be demanding enough to provide a significant challenge to the professional athlete.

The Chinese Tea House is an opportunity for anyone to practise speaking Chinese with a native speaker or to learn more about Chinese culture. It is offered by the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury and is open to everyone – staff, students and the general public included.

Chinese Tea House is held on every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year.  The sessions are from 11am - 12pm in Room 213, 2nd Floor, James Logie Building. All UC staff and students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture are welcome to participate.

For more information, please contact Linglin Zhu at

2022 Tea House Flyer