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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2017 Principals' Delegation to China

Applications are now open for the 2017 Principals' Delegation to China. This is an opportunity for principals and senior management to experience China first-hand and form beneficial relationships.

Last year's delegation
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2017 Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp for New Zealand Students

Applications are now open for the 2017 Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp in China.

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Chinese Proficiency Competition

Students from the South Island are invited to participate in an international Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency competition. Information is below.

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Information notice
Application form

2016 "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition

Students are now preparing for the National Secondary School Finals in Auckland and the Tertiary International Finals in China.

2017 Mandarin Language Assistant Programme

MLA teaching Tai Chi

Applications are now open for schools to apply for MLAs to teach at their school(s) in 2016.

More information
Application Form (Word, 1.82MB)

Chinese Language Courses

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes will commence in the week of the 2nd of May 2016 for term two. These classes are a fun and relaxed way to improve your fluency in Chinese.
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Registration is online. Prospective students need to fill out this form to register.

2016 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 2016

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.

2016 Chinese Calligraphy Competition

Entries can now be submitted for the 2016 Chinese Calligraphy Competition.

Chinese Calligraphy Course

Chinese calligraphyA new calligraphy course will begin on Thursday 11 February 2016. New students may begin at any time.

This course is free, but advance registration is required.


Tai Chi Classes

UC taichiTai Chi classes are being held from 6.00pm - 7.30pm on Thursday evenings at the University of Canterbury. To register, please fill out this form.

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Professor Hong Hu's farewell (3 May 2016)

On 3rd May, the Confucius Institute of the University of Canterbury (CIUC) held a farewell party for the Chinese Director, Prof Hu Hong at the John Britten Building.

A New Zealand South Island Principals' Delegation has visited China (15 April 2016)

The NZ South Island Principals’ Delegation to China has completed its eleven days’ tour and returned to New Zealand on 15 April.

CIUC holds the South Island Finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition (2 April 2016)

Competitors from around the South Island travelled to Christchurch to participate in the finals of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition.

CIUC launches the first Confucius Classroom in the Waitaki Region (22 March 2016)

On 22 March, CIUC participated in the opening ceremony for a new Confucius Classroom in St Kevin's College, Oamaru.

CIUC participates in the 2016 Christchurch Lantern Festival (27 - 28 February 2016)

After a one-year gap, the Lantern Festival has returned to Christchurch, with CIUC hosting a range of cultural activities.

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