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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 contact Kate Maxwell. Her contact details are below.

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 there will be NO new beginner courses (HSK 1A – Lesson 1) or advanced level courses (HSK 6A and 6B) in Term 3.

Please also note that HSK 1A has now switched from Wednesday nights to Monday nights for Term 3.








Lower Beginners (HSK 1A)

Weibin Zou

25 July

26 Sept

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Room 121 Jack Erskine

Upper Beginners (HSK 2A)

Zhengnan Shen

27 July

28 Sept

Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Room 111 Jack Erskine

Upper Beginners (HSK 2B)

Zhengnan Shen

25 July

26 Sept

Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Room 111 Jack Erskine

Lower Intermediate (HSK 3A)

Weibin Zou

28 July

29 Sept

Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Room 111 Jack Erskine

Upper Intermediate (HSK 4B)

Weibin Zou

26 July

27 Sept

Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Room 111 Jack Erskine


Fees and Lessons for Term 3 Classes: 

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

HSK 2A: continuing Lesson 4 (10x weeks - $150.00)

HSK 2B: continuing Lesson 8 (10x weeks - $150.00)

HSK 3A: continuing Lesson 8 (10x weeks - $180.00)

HSK 4B: continuing Lesson 13 (10x weeks - $180.00)


Terms usually consist of 10 sessions, but are shorter in the fourth term. 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 10 weeks in Term 3.

  • 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 3, 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. If you will be requiring delivery of your purchases, please email beforehand, rather than ordering online.


Contact Person: Kate Maxwell

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 Weibin Zou 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 contact Kate Maxwell (CIUC Project Coordinator) at 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 Weibin Zou at 

2022 Tea House Flyer