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Evening courses

06 December 2023

UC's Confucius Institute offers classes in Mandarin Chinese for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Whether you're a total beginner or reasonably fluent, these courses provide an opportunity to improve your ability to communicate in Chinese. Find out about our evening courses.


Evening Courses

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: From July 2023, CI will not be accepting registrations for evening courses from students already studying with the University of Canterbury.  If you are interested in studying Chinese, please contact the Faculty of Arts, Chinese School for more information regarding learning Chinese.  

Confucius Institute Evening Class Registration Form

Note: Due to the King’s Birthday, there will be no classes on Monday, June 3rd.

Please note: Terms usually consist of 10 sessions. Prices are adjusted to the number of lessons offered. We cannot refund course fees for non-attendance. And all courses will be offered for 9 to 10 weeks in Term 2. 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 2, these can be purchased here in the Confucius Institute online shop.

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

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