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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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.

More information

2018 Application form for Schools and Institutes

2018 Principals' Delegation to China

Principal with students

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

2017 Chinese Calligraphy Competion

Chinese calligraphy on yellow paper

The 2017 Chinese Calligraphy competition is now open and submissions are being accepted. For more information, see the documents below:
Information notice (PDF, 249KB)
Registration form (Word, 404KB)
Worksheet (PDF, 252KB)
Spreadsheeet for School Entries (Excel, 14KB)

Chinese Culture on the Road

school student

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. Please note: The Beginners 1 course for the second term is now full and no new registrations are being accepted. We will offer the course again in term 3 beginning 25 July 2017.

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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 


The first CI FOCUS lecture is held for 2017 (5 May 2017)

The Confucius Institute invited Dr Zhifang Song to give a lecture titled 'A Chinese Village,' which was based on Dr Song's fieldwork in China.

2017 Principals' Delegation returns from China (13 April 2017)

The 2017 Principals Delegation has spent 10 days visiting Wuhan, Shanghai and Beijing.

CIUC Holds Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition Finals (1 April 2017)

CIUC held the 10th regional finals for the Chinese Bridge Speech Competition.

Race Relations Day in Timaru (25 March 2017)

CIUC staff participated in the Race Relations Day celebration in Timaru.

CIUC participated 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.

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