Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury - University of Canterbury - New Zealand
Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp
Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp
Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp

Welcome to the Confucius Institute

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The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury is part of the global CI network jointly established by Hanban (Beijing), the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan).

It was officially launched by the Chinese Vice-Premier, Li Keqiang, on 1 November 2009, the second Confucius Institute to be established in New Zealand and the first in the South Island. As Vice-Premier Li Keqiang noted, it is another achievement in the cultural and educational exchange between China and New Zealand.

Lion Dance at CI Day Celebrations

Confucius Institute Day

The first Confucius Institute came into being in 2004.Today there are 440 Confucius Institutes all over the world. The 27th September 2014 will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Confucius Institute global network.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury is hosting a series celebration in the South Island of New Zealand.

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Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp

2016 Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp

NZ high school students will have the opportunity to travel to China in March 2016. Students are expected to cover the cost of their airfare, insurance and application fee but all expenses in China will be covered by Hanban.

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Burwood School chinese dance

Burwood School chinese dance

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Guest Lecture

Professor Manying Ip from Auckland University will give a talk on on 'The Chinese in Bicultural New Zealand'. The lecture will be held on 11.00am Thursday 27 July in Room LAW411 (Law Building at the University of Canterbury Ilam campus). All are welcome.

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Chinese Language Courses

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes will commence in the week of Monday 16 October 2017 for term four of next year. These classes are a fun and relaxed way to improve your fluency in Chinese.


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To enquire about registration, please email

2018 Mandrin Language Assistant Programme

Mandarin Languge Assistants at restaurant

Applications are now open for the 2018 Mandarin Language Assistant Programme. If your school wishes to have an MLA in 2018, please fill out the application form.

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2018 Application form for Schools and Institutes

2018 Principals' Delegation to China

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Applications are now open for the 2018 Principals' Delegation to China. Please refer to the documents below:
Information Sheet
Application Form

For more information, please contact Jing Jiang

Chinese Culture on the Road

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The Confucius Institute is offering a new programme. CIUC can provide Chinese Cultural Activities at schools for students to have first-hand experience of calligraphy, Chinese painting, dumpling making and martial arts. More information (PDF, 254KB)

Application Form (Word, 94KB)

Chinese Calligraphy Classes Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Calligraphy courses are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 - 2pm. New students may begin at any time.

This course is free, but advance registration is required.

2018 Chinese Language Proficiency Tests

HSK LogoHSK, YCT and BCT are Chinese language proficiency tests which provide evidence of a speaker's knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. For more information including the dates of upcoming exams, open the information sheet below.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

Confucius Institute Scholarships are provided by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (also known as Hanban) to sponsor international students, scholars and Chinese language teachers to study Chinese language and culture in Chinese universities. These scholarships generally cover fees, textbooks and accomodation, as well as a living allowance. Read more.

The Chinese Tea House is open for 2017

The Chinese Tea House is a space where everyone is welcome to come and practise their Chinese language skills with a native speaker and experience a little of Chinese culture. It is held on Tuesdays and Thursday from 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm in room 401 of the Logie Building at the University of Canterbury.

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CIUC Co-organised a Cultural Immersion Day for Chinese Language Week (29 October 2017)

CIUC together with the Canterbury Chinese Language Teachers Association and Rewi Alley School organised an immersion day that was attended by more than 500 people.

CIUC Held the First Chinese Language Class for the Immigration Office in Christchurch (27 September 2017)

CIUC held a class for Department of Immigration staff teaching them basic Chinese and a little about Chinese culture.

South Island Chinese Teachers’ Workshop Held in Christchurch (23 September 2017)

CIUC with the New Zealand Chinese Language Teachers Association Christchurch jointly held a teachers' workshop which around 50 teachers from around the South Island attended.

CIUC Holds a Cultural Day at Paparoa St School (8 September 2017)

CIUC visited Paparoa St School for a Chinese cultural day. Students participated in activities such as Chinese calligraphy, dumpling making and Chinese knots.

CIUC MLA Provides Taster Classes on Pipa at a Local Primary School (22 August 2017)

CIUC MLA Shimin Ran provided interactive lessons about the traditional Chinese instrument the pipa to Mt Pleasant School students.

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