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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Events

Chinese Movie Screenings

The goddess movie poster

Each week, CIUC will be screening a different Chinese movie. These are classics of Chinese cinema, chosen for their representation of Chinese society. Everybody is welcome and admission is free.

This week's movie
Movie schedule

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.

More information

Chinese Proficiency Competition

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

Information poster
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 25 July 2016 for term three. These classes are a fun and relaxed way to improve your fluency in Chinese.
Email confucius-institute@canterbury.ac.nz for further information.

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.

Email confucius-institute@canterbury.ac.nz for further information.

 

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News

New MLAs attend orientation in Christchurch (13 July 2016)

Eight new Mandarin Language Assistants arrived in Christchurch on 13 July 2016 for their orientation. A further three MLAs will join them. The MLAs will disperse to different parts of the South Island.

CIUC joins the Kidsfest parade (9 July 2016)

On 9 July, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) was invited to participate in the Christchurch Kidsfest More FM lantern parade.

CIUC participates in Queenstown's Winter Festival (3 July 2016)

On 3 July, staff from CIUC travelled to Queenstown to participate in the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.

Eight MLAs are farewelled (25 June 2016)

On 25th June, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury (CIUC) held a farewell reception for the eight MLAs leaving in July to recognise their hard work in New Zealand schools.

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.

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