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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Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival at Chinese Tea House

Chinese goddess holding moon cakes

On Thursday 15 September at 12 noon, CIUC will hold a
Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration in Logie Room 401.

More information (PDF, 713KB)

New Clerical Style Chinese Calligraphy Course is Opening

PU Ruoyi

A new calligraphy course will begin on Tuesday 9 August 2016. New students may begin at any time. The other calligraphy class will continue on Thursdays at 1 - 2 pm.

This course is free, but advance registration is required.

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
Next week's movie
Movie schedule

2017 Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp for New Zealand Students

Applications are now closed 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 6 February 2017 for term one of next year. These classes are a fun and relaxed way to improve your fluency in Chinese.
Email for further information.

To enquire about registration, please email

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. 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.

2016 Chinese Calligraphy Competition

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

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 for further information.


All UC Events 


Former CIUC Chinese Director Prof Hong Hu receives a civic award (25 November 2016)

Prof Hong Hu returned to China to be presented with a civic award from the Christchurch City Council.

CIUC held the 2016 Chinese Prizegiving Canterbury (17 November 2016)

CIUC held the 2016 Chinese prizegiving for the Canterbury region at St Margaret's College.

CIUC held a workshop for MLAs in Dunedin (7 - 8 October 2016)

MLAs from around the South Island travelled to Dunedin to attend a workshop on teaching in New Zealand.

Local Libraries in Christchurch Hold Chinese Blossom Painting Activity (26 - 27 September 2016)

On 26th and 27th September, the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury together with Shirley Library and Upper Reccarton Library held a Chinese blossom painting activity.

CIUC opened a Confucius Classroom at South Otago High School (19 September 2016)

The new Confucius Classroom is the first in its region. It was opened by the mayor of the Clutha District Bryan Cadogan and Consul-General JIN Zhijian.

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