Chinese student writing Chinese characters

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.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury offers beginners, intermediate and advanced classes in Mandarin Chinese. 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 enviroment that is fun and relaxed and from teachers who are native speakers of Chinese. For more information, please contact Bi Wang. Her contact details are below.

Please note: Beginners 1, 2, 3 and 4 are different levels. If you have never studied Chinese before, you need to begin with Beginners 1.

Registrations have not yet opened. If you would like to be sent an email when registrations open please email

2019 Confucius Institute Term 2 Course Descriptions



Start date
End date


Chinese Beginners 1 Jiajun Chen
30 April 2 July Jack Erskine 340 Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Chinese Beginners 2
(not the same as Beginners 1)

Yang Yao

29 April 1 July Jack Erskine 121 Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Beginners 3
(not the same as Beginners 1)
Jie Liu
29 April 1 July Jack Erskine 235 Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Chinese Beginners 4
(not the same as Beginners 1)

Yujia Song

1 May 3 July Meremere 202A Wednesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 1
Bi Wang 2 May 4 July Psychology-
Sociology 456
Thursdays 6.00 - 7.30pm

Chinese Intermediate 2

Bi Wang

29 April 1 July Jack Erskine 111 Mondays 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 3 Bi Wang 30 April 2 July Jack Erskine 121 Tuesdays 6.00 - 7.30pm
Chinese Intermediate 4 Jinghan Yu
29 April 1 July Jack Erskine 101 Mondays 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Advanced 2 Bi Wang 1 May 3 July Meremere 411 Wednesdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Advanced 4 Liguo Shi
1 May 3 July Rehua 429 Wednesdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese Continuing 3 Kangjia Li
2 May 4 July Rehua 429 Thursdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm
HSK 4 Preparation Liguo Shi
30 April 2 July Jack Erskine 101 Tuesdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm
HSK 6 Preparation Hengzhi Huang
2 May 4 July Meremere 411 Thursdays 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Chinese for Youth
Mengqiu Li
30 April 2 July Meremere 202A Tuesdays 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Chinese for Youth 
(Ilam School)
Xin Huang 29 April 1 July Ilam School Mondays 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Tai Chi Mei Jin
2 May 4 July West 701 Thursdays 6.00 - 7.00pm

All terms consist of 10 sessions. We cannot refund course fees for non-attendance.

  • Beginners and Intermediate levels $180
  • Advanced levels $220
  • Continuing levels $250
  • Tai Chi and Martial Arts $90

Prices have been adjusted to take account of not having class on Queen's Birthday.

2019 Confucius Institute Term 2 Course Descriptions

Contact Person: Bi Wang

Phone: 03 369 4399

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.

There are two Chinese calligraphy classes each week. Changming Pan teaches both of them..

Class times:

Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm every Tuesday

Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm every Thursday

Both courses are held in Room 401 of the Logie Building.

Each class is $5.00 to cover the cost of materials.

Advance registration is required. New students can join at any time.

Please contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at or phone 369 4399 for enrolment.

Tai Chi classes are held on Thursday evenings at the university. You can register and pay for the courses online.

Term 1: 8 February to 12 April 2018
Term 2: 3 May to 5 July 2018
Term 3: 26 July to 27 September 2018
Term 4: 18 October to 20 December 2018


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.

For more information, contact Rosa-Jane Whitcombe at or phone 03 369 4399.

The Chinese Tea House is an opportunity for anyone to come and practise speaking Chinese with a native speaker or to learn more about Chinese culture. The Tea House also provides a space for everyone to experience Chinese culture first hand. 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 unless the university is closed for public holidays  All UC staff and students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture are welcome to participate.

Time Venue
12.00—1.00pm every Tuesday Room 401, Logie Building
12.00—1.00pm every Thursday  Room 401, Logie Building