A pencil and rubber lie across a squared jotter full of practice Chinese characters.

The Confucius Institute offers a range of courses for different purposes. If you want a simple introduction to the language, try our 10 week Conversational Chinese Course. This is perfect for travel to China, talking to Chinese friends, or general interest.

Survival Chinese (Welsh medium, online course)

From March 2022 we’re very pleased to launch our first ever Chinese course for Welsh speakers.

Survival Chinese is a ten-week introductory course taught through the medium of Welsh. Focusing on spoken Chinese, the course takes you on a virtual trip to China: planning your journey, arriving in Beijing, taking a taxi to your hotel, visiting iconic tourist locations and much, much more. The tutor lets you into all the secrets of Chinese etiquette and gives you a fascinating glimpse into Chinese culture.

This course is perfect for anyone who has little or no prior knowledge of Chinese language. You will learn all the useful phrases for everyday encounters with Chinese people, and we make learning basic Chinese easy for you by using our colour-coded sentence builder methodology.

Whether you are planning on travelling to China for leisure, study or work or you are just curious about Chinese language and culture, we hope you will enjoy learning with us. Book a place on the UWTSD Online Store.


Survival Chinese (English medium, in person course)

We also welcome English speakers to our Survival Chinese course taught through the medium of English. The course is taught in person at the Confucius Institute Chinese Business and Culture Centre, 5th Floor, UWTSD Swansea Business School, High Street, Swansea SN1 1NE. For more details see the Confucius Institute Language programme link below.

You can book your place on the Survival Chinese course on the UWTSD Online Store.


Beginners’ Chinese (HSK 1 and HSK 2 Chinese Proficiency Test, online course)

For a more structured approach to learning Chinese, you can follow our Chinese language programme, starting with the Beginners’ HSK I and HSK II course for those who have little, or no prior knowledge of Chinese, and progressing to Intermediate and Advanced levels.

If you have already studied Chinese, we can give you a free level test to assess your ability in listening, speaking, reading and writing and recommend which level of course is best for your needs. Email: confuciusinstitute@uwtsd.ac.uk to request a level test.


Learn to Teach Mandarin

We also have a professional CPD course for Welsh school teachers and students, and for trainee teachers who would like to introduce Chinese elements of language and culture in their own teaching. Our Learn to Teach Mandarin course, carrying 10 credits at Level 4, might be just what you’re looking for. Take a detailed look at the course on its webpage.


HSK Chinese language proficiency test

You can take the optional HSK proficiency test at the end of each course.  This is an internationally recognised certificate which all Chinese employers and universities value.

If you have already studied Chinese and simply want to prepare for the HSK test, we offer short, intensive courses of mock exams and grammar revision. To register for the HSK test, follow the link to the HSK Test Centre


Chinese language courses 2022

Confucius Institute Language Programme 2022 (including dates and fees)

UWTSD Confucius Institute Chinese Language Programme


Registration and payment

Please follow the link to the UWTSD online store to select the course you wish to follow and pay online.  Online payment constitutes registration, and you will be contacted to confirm the details of your course tutor and classroom.