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Studying Chinese at the University of Adelaide

Are you fascinated by Chinese culture? Do you want to take your interest to the next level? Are you doing business in China and want to really know what is going on? Did you learn Chinese at school and now find you need it again for your work?

If so then the Confucius Institute can help you learn or brush up on your Chinese.

There are four ways you can learn Chinese at the Confucius Institute and the University of Adelaide:

  • Individual Tailored Lessons

    If you are too busy to attend a structured Chinese class, or just want to lean the basics quickly, the Confucius Institute can tailor a program to suit your needs.

    • Our experienced teachers can come to your office at a time convenient for you
    • You can learn as fast (or as slowly) as you want

    If you would like to find out more about how the Confucius Institute can meet your needs please email us or call on 8313 5819.

  • Beginner to Advanced Classes (Non-award) with PCE

    The University of Adelaide's Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) offers a range of non award Chinese language courses catering for the beginner to the more advanced learner. The Confucius Institute works closely with PCE to make available opportunities for Chinese language study in Adelaide.

    Courses at PCE are open to everyone, and formal qualifications are not required. Classes are held in the evenings on PCE’s premises. Full year language courses, for different levels of existing language proficiency, commence end of March which offer structured progression developing the different macro skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) while learning the language. Intensive courses in select languages, for beginner-level learners, are offered in the summer program at the start of January each year. PCE also offers short introductory language courses which provide learners with select, basic communication skills.

    Reduced ‘early bird’ fee available – for more information on courses and fee please visit PCE website.

  • Chinese as Part of a Degree at the Centre for Asian Studies

    The Centre for Asian Studies in the School of Social Sciences was established within the University of Adelaide in 1975 to develop a program of Chinese and Japanese studies. It is the only institution in South Australia offering a full sequence of Chinese and Japanese language courses.

    If you are a student at the University of Adelaide you can study Chinese at the Centre for Asian Studies:

    • as a major or minor within the Bachelor of Arts or as a minor within the Bachelor of  Media, Bachelor of  International Studies, Bachelor of  Environmental Policy and Management and Bachelor of Development Studies, undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This includes double programs such as   Bachelor of Arts / Economics, Bachelor of Media / Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of International Studies / Bachelor of Arts double degrees
    • as a diploma of languages in conjunction with any other course at the University of Adelaide
    • as an elective subject within other programs - check with your faculty for details

    If you are studying at Flinders University or UniSA you may take Chinese at Adelaide as a Cross-Institutional Enrolment if you gain appropriate authorisation from your own faculty. Having gained this approval you need only approach the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Adelaide to process your enrolment. For more information check here

  • Chinese Conversation Group

    The Chinese Conversation Group pairs Chinese native speakers with Chinese learners to practise Mandarin. It is organized by volunteers and supported by the Confucius Institute.

    Term 1 of 2017, will be at 3:00pm-4:00pm every Wednesday, at the Confucius Institute meeting room. More information about the Conversation Group.

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