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Whether you are planning a trip to China or simply fascinated by China’s complex culture we offer a range of courses to meet your needs.

If you are unsure which course would be most suitable for you, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Cardiff Confucius Institute is an approved test centre for the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK), which is also known as the Chinese Proficiency Tests. We also offer the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).

Tests are run throughout the year. Please contact us for further information or visit the Chinese testing website or Hanban website.

Adult learners

We offer a wide range of Mandarin Chinese language courses specifically designed for members of the public and timetabled in the evening. These are run in line with the university semesters, starting in October and April, and are delivered through weekly two-hour classes over 12 weeks.

Our Chinese adult learner courses are available through the department of Continuing and Professional Education.


Studying the Chinese language is free to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at Cardiff University. Our Chinese language courses are available through the Languages for All programme.


We offer a wide range of courses in schools, which are designed to introduce Chinese at a beginners level.