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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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.

2017 Chinese Cultural Immersion Camp for New Zealand Students

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

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Chinese Language Courses

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced classes will commence in the week of 1y 2017 for term one 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

2017 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.

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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All UC Events 


CIUC participate in the 2017 Marlborough Multicultural Festival (4 March 2017)

CIUC staff travelled to Marlborough to participate in Blenheim's multicultural festival, organising a booth and giving performances.

CIUC participate in the 2017 Lantern Festival in Christchurch (19 February 2017)

CIUC provided cultural activities such as calligrahy and Chinese knot making that people could try.

CIUC Co-organised Oamaru's Celebration of the Lantern Festival (10 February 2017)

CIUC participated in the 2017 Oamaru Lantern Festival, providing martial arts instruction and lantern making.

New MLAs arrive and attend orientation (22 - 27 January 2017)

CIUC's new batch of Mandarin Language Assistants have arrived and attended orientation in Christchurch before travelling to the places that they will be teaching.

NZCTA and CIUC jointly hold a workshop (25 January 2017)

NZCTA held its annual meeting to support people in Christchurch who are interested in trade with China.

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