Language Programs

Confucius Institute offers a wide range of Mandarin Chinese classes, at all levels, open to the general public. Whether you are learning for work or pleasure, Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne has a course suitable for you.


Term Dates for 2018 

Term 1:   January 29 - April 9
Term 2:   April 23 - June 30
Term 3:   July 16 - September 22
Term 4:   October 8 - December 15

*Private tutoring is also available. Contact or 9035 8204 for more details.


Term 1, 2018 Enrollments

  • Term 1 enrollments are now open. View the timetable.     
  • Course cost is $409.00 per ten week term (20 hours), and includes GST, textbook and all course materials. A 10% discount is offered to returning Confucius Institute Students, University of Melbourne staff, students and alumni.
  • Please read our Enrollment Guidelines below before making payment.

For more information please contact: Ms Linlin Lu at or call 9035 8204.


Confucius Institute Language Programs

There are 12 levels of beginner Chinese available. Students who complete Chinese 1A will:

  • have a basic understanding of Chinese language and its structure;
  • perform basic greetings and expressions for daily communication;
  • acquire a sense of China’s contemporary culture;
  • recognize and write up to 100 Chinese characters.
The Institute runs both lower intermediate and upper intermediate courses. Participants are encouraged to converse on a range of current affairs topics, while also improving their vocabulary, grammar and character recognition.
One of the only truly advanced Chinese courses available in Melbourne. Participants have generally spent time living in China and are looking for an opportunity to stretch their Chinese skills.
Private tutoring is also available. Contact Linlin Lu or 90358204 for more details.


  • Enrolments are for a 10 week course of lessons (the Institute cannot accept week-by-week payments)
  • Students are welcome to attend one trial class to gauge their language level before enrolling (not applicable for absolute beginners courses)
  • Payments are requested prior to the commencement of the term; or after the trial lesson for new students. If payments are not received prior to the commencement of the term please note your place is not guaranteed
  • Class levels are organised based on the number of paid attendees prior to commencement of term. Please note classes may be cancelled if there are not enough registrations prior to the starting date
  • Please note a late fee may apply to all course fees received after the first week of term Refunds cannot be issued for withdrawals after the commencement of the term
  • Refunds cannot be issued for missed classes. Students can attend another class (where a similar level is available) in the same week; or attend a once-off private tutorial (10-15 minutes) to make up on missed material
  • If a teacher is unable to attend class a replacement teacher will be organised in advance by the Institute. If, due to exceptional circumstance, a teacher is unable to attend class, term will be extended by a week
  • Mid-term enrolments will be accepted on a case-by-case basis

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. For any enrollment enquiries please contact Ms Linlin Lu.