About Chinese Language Courses

China is Australia's largest trading partner. Being able to speak Chinese will be extremely beneficial if you want to improve your employability, do business with China, study in China or travel to China.

Our language courses are open to the community and designed for adults over 17 years old. People under 18 years old can apply for enrolment but may not be accepted if too young.

Chinese Beginners 1 is the right course for you. If you are a staff member at the University of Newcastle, you can also choose the lunchtime course Chinese 101.

Please contact us to arrange an assessment over the phone. We just want to know a little bit about you and your Chinese skills before we recommend a course for you. And you are free to change courses within the first two weeks if you think our recommended course is too simple or difficult.

For beginners' classes, our class size is around 10-15. For intermediate and advanced classes, class size is usually 5-10.

Our teachers are all native Chinese speakers with Masters' and Dcotors' degrees in language teaching and experiences of teaching Chinese to foreign speakers. They are from our partner university Central China Normal University. Learn more about them here.

You don't need to prepare anything for the first class. Just bring in a notepad and a pen.

At the Callaghan Campus, our Chinese language classes are held in the Language Centre or the Confucius Institute. At the Ourimbah Campus, language classes are held in the library or the Classrooms North Building.

Textbooks and CDs are free, except for Chinese 101. You will get the books and CDs in the first class. We can also mail the books to you before the first class if you need.

There is no exams or assessments for our language courses. We will only assign some moderate amount of homework each week to help you remember or review the course content.

About Tai Chi Courses

Tai Chi is a centuries' old Chinese exercise for both mind and body. It combines movement, meditation and breathing to improve your muscle strength, flexibility and balance.

Our class size for Tai Chi is around 3-8 per class.

At Callaghan Campus, our Tai Chi classes are held in the Forum or the Confucius Institute. At the Ourimbah Campus, classes are held in the Fine Arts Studio/Drama Studio.

We recommend that you wear comfortable loose clothes for Tai Chi classes. Gymwear or fitness clothing such as T-shirts, track pants and sneakers are suitable.

All Tai Chi courses are $160 per term including GST.

Tai Chi Club is open to all our current and past Tai Chi students. It's a social gathering for Tai Chi lovers to hone their skills, learn from each other and make new friends. Participation is free of charge. Club members will also have the opportunity to represent the Confucius Institute performing at community events in Newcastle and Central Coast.

About Enrolment

Please enrol online through our Course page. Simply select the course you want to enrol and click the Pay and Enrol here link. Then you will be directed to the University's online shop where you can pay with a credit card.

If you don't have a credit card, or you don't want to pay online, please contact the Confucius Institute to organise an alternative payment method.

Once payment is made, you will receive an invoice and a confirmation email within 24 hours. The confirmation email will include classroom location maps and all the other class information.

Enrolment should be made before the first week of class. All our courses are offered based on demand. So we encourage you to enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Yes, our courses are offered four terms a year, which usually coincide with school terms. Almost all levels are offered each time, so you are free to join or rejoin us any term of the year.

Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the term if you have attended at lease 6 classes during the term.

Our courses are designed for adults and may not suitable for children. Application from people under 17 will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information.

Yes, if you can't finish the term due to personal reasons, you can arrange a deferral directly with your teacher. All deferral requests need to be made within 5 weeks after the term starts.

If your course is cancelled, you will get a full refund. If you drop out of your course within the first 5 weeks of the term, you will get half refund. If you drop out after the first 5 weeks, no refund will be available.

Contact us if you have other inquires.