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Chinese language courses

We offer a range of Chinese language courses suitable for beginners right the way through to advanced learners.

You can access our existing courses as an adult learner, as a Cardiff University student or as a local school in Wales, or you can get in touch with us to discuss your bespoke learning requirements.

We offer a wide range of Mandarin Chinese language courses specifically designed for members of the public and timetabled in the evening. There are up to four intakes each year, depending on the level of your course, starting in October, January, April and June. Courses are delivered through weekly two-hour classes, usually 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. We also provide training opportunities and language tuition to teachers who are looking to introduce Mandarin to their school. Contact our Schools Project Manager for information about Chinese courses for schools.

For individual learners, we also have links with the many Chinese schools in Cardiff. You can find links to their websites here:

On request we are able to offer bespoke workshops and courses in the following areas:

  • Chinese language
  • Chinese culture
  • Chinese business etiquette
  • The Chinese education system
  • Supporting Chinese students in your institution
  • Pre-departure briefings – ideal for making the most of any trip to China, for leisure, study or business
  • Other courses in response to client requirements.


Through all our activities we aim to give our students the best possible experience by ensuring that learning Chinese is fun, memorable and, most of all, useful. Here are just some of the comments and feedback we've received from our students.

"The enthusiasm and understanding of the Institute's teachers have allowed me reach a standard where I now feel confident using Mandarin in business settings. I am very excited about what the future holds."

Nikolai Llewellyn - Advanced Chinese

“We learnt about useful everyday topics which would come in handy when visiting China in the future, or for just conversing with Chinese people in the UK. I found the grammar really interesting and I enjoyed participating in the role plays.”

Lisa Williams - Chinese Beginners I

“When I came to Cardiff, I took up some Languages for All classes and also made some Chinese friends. This was a great way to learn Chinese because I could spend time with them eating Chinese food, speaking Mandarin, and also trying to understand the messages they sent me!”

Celia Bourhais - Languages for All

"The tutor was very good at directing her time towards the students who needed extra tuition, so that everyone on the course was at the same broad level of proficiency."

Keith Miller - Chinese Beginners I


Please contact us for further information on bespoke courses or about the possibility of tailoring a course to meet your needs.

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