Learn Chinese

The Confucius Institute and the Centre for Continuing Education have combined our strength and resources to launch a highly structured Chinese Mandarin language program that is designed for people who have no or little Chinese language knowledge or are Australian-born Chinese with a heritage background. Our classes are interactive and focus on building students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills using international teaching aids.

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Why learn Chinese with us?

  • Well-designed course structure and content
  • Experienced and well-trained native-speaking Chinese teachers
  • Small classes and individual coaching time
  • International acclaimed university textbooks

Course Description

Our Chinese Mandarin language courses are developed to suit different learning levels. Students can choose from a four year standard program or a two year intensive program that offers them a clear long-term perspective and a structured program that is based on the most widely used international teaching material.

Chinese Standard Program
10 consecutive weeks, 2 hours per week (20 hours per term)

Chinese Intensive Program
10 consecutive weeks, 2 x 2 hours per week (40 hours per term)

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Choosing the right language level

If you have studied Chinese previously, count the vocabulary items in your previous text book and convert to the following level:

  • Up to 0 vocabulary: Chinese 1011 and 1012 (Standard), Business Chinese 1011 or Chinese 101 (Intensive)
  • Up to 173 vocabulary: Chinese 1021 and 1022 (Standard) or Chinese 102 (Intensive)
  • Up to 374 vocabulary: Chinese 1031 and 1032 (Standard) or Chinese 103 (Intensive)
  • Up to 560 vocabulary: Chinese 1041 and 1042 (Standard) or Chinese 104 (Intensive)
  • Up to 710 vocabulary: Chinese 2011 and 2012 (Standard)
  • Up to 869 vocabulary: Chinese 2021 and 2022 (Standard)
  • Up to 1077 vocabulary: Chinese 2031 and 2032 (Standard)
  • Up to 1323 vocabulary: Chinese 2041 and 2042 (Standard)
  • Up to 1323 vocabulary: Chinese 3011 and 3012 (Standard)
  • Up to 1400 vocabulary: Chinese 3021 (Standard - HSK Level 4 Preparation 3)
  • Up to 1500 vocabulary: Chinese 3022 (Standard - HSK Level 4 Preparation 4)
  • Up to 2000 vocabulary: Chinese 3031 (Standard - HSK Level 5 Preparation 1)
  • Up to 2500 vocabulary: Chinese 3032 (Standard - HSK Level 5 Preparation 2)

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Other Chinese Language Courses

Individual and Small Group Tuition

The Confucius Institute provides individual tuition for people with specific learning needs. The individual tuition classes are 1 hour per session. This course provides flexibility and is suitable for busy professionals who are unable to attend regular class.

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China Study Tour Scholarship

Are you a current Confucius Institute’s Chinese language program student or University of Sydney student? The Confucius Institute offers annual 20 China Study Tour Scholarships to Confucius Institute’s Chinese language program student or University of Sydney student.

The China Culture Study Tour runs for two weeks. Participants will explore fascinating historical and cultural sites, experiment with different art forms, interact with Chinese university students and sample the delights of authentic Chinese cuisine. This is an exciting opportunity for you to engage with Chinese culture and language in China.

Application for the China Study Tour Scholarship usually opens each August. Click here for full program details.