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Confucius Institute

The UCLan Confucius Institute was launched at the University of Central Lancashire in 2008. We are partnered with Beijing International Studies University, authorized by Chinese International Education Foundation, and supported by the Centre for Language Education and Cooperation.

Our aim is to broaden the cultural flavour and landscape of Preston, and the wider Lancashire community. In doing so, we aim to give learners a unique taste of Chinese culture as well as valuable opportunities to learn Mandarin Chinese.

Events and activities

As part of this work, we stage regular cultural and educational events in and around Preston and its surrounding towns. These include:

  • ‘China Day’ in Preston’s Flag Market Square.
  • Language classes for students and staff.
  • Activity days at local schools and colleges.
  • Taster sessions of Chinese culture including calligraphy, brush painting, tea ceremonies and more.
  • Chinese New Year gala productions, performed by arts troupes from China.
  • Annual Kite Festival and Dragon Boat Race.
  • Guest lectures and art exhibitions.

Courses

We offer a wide range of Chinese-related courses from full time degree programmes to language sessions, informal calligraphy classes and the HSK/HSKK/YCT Chinese Proficiency Test.

Art and culture

  • Chinese calligraphy
    Tuesdays 2.00–3.00pm

  • Martial arts
    Wednesdays 12.00-2.00pm

*Classes are free to UCLan Confucius Institute Members. For information on pricing, and our Annual Membership, please contact us.

Language classes

  • Chinese language corner (beginner/ intermediate/ advanced)
    Thursdays 4.00-6.00pm

For course details and pricing, see the Worldwise Learning Centre, or email worldwise@uclan.ac.uk

Chinese Extra Curriculum Activities

Participate via Teams (code: ewgof2d) or contact confuciusinstitute1@uclan.ac.uk for further information.

Chinese guest lectures (3.00-4.00pm on the dates):

  • 24 February 2021 Chinese Tea: Its Role in Trade and Daily Life (Ms Feixia Yu)
  • 10 March 2021 Analysis of Monkey King: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng En (Dr Hong Liang)
  • 24 March 2021 Chinese Non-verbal Communication Style: High Context & Group-Oriention (Dr Hong Liang)

Preparatory courses

  • HSK Level 1
    ​​Academic Year, Tuition fee: £50
  • HSK Level 2
    Academic Year, Tuition fee: £50
  • HSK Level 3
    Academic Year, Tuition fee: £80
  • HSK Level 4
    Academic Year, Tuition fee: £80
  • HSK Level 5
    Academic Year, Tuition fee: £110
  • HSK Level 6
    Academic Year, Tuition fee: £110

Please note: Some levels might have no preparatory courses this semester. If you want to attend any courses, please email confuciusinstitute1@ulcan.ac.uk for further information.

The tuition fees listed above are waived for UCLan students; however, you are expected to register for the exam at the UCLan HSK Exam Centre, and exam fees must be paid by all. Members of the public please mail the cheque to UCLan Confucius Institute Office. Postal address is as follows:

Han Xu
AB111, Adelphi Building
UCLan Confucius Institute
School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies
University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE

Exam registration

Exams organized by the UCLan HSK Exam Centre in 2021 (including Written Exam and Oral Exam (HSKK)):

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Date

Exam type

Deadline of registration

15/05/2021

Written & Oral

18/04/2021

05/12/2021

Written & Oral

08/11/2021

To register for the exam, you should log into the website, choosing the English language version on the right corner. Register if you are a new user. Please use IE browser (Version 6.0 or above) or Firefox browser. Other browsers are not supported.

Once you have completed the registration steps online, you will get an email from no_reply@chinesetest.cn to tell you that your pre-registration is successful. After this step, please go to the Online Store to pay the exam fee. Your registration is not complete until the payment has been made.

Exam fees

  • HSK level 1: £20
  • HSK level 2: £30
  • HSK level 3: £40
  • HSK level 4: £50
  • HSK level 5: £60
  • HSK level 6: £70
  • Oral exam basic level: £35
  • Oral exam intermediate level: £45
  • Oral exam advanced level: £55

Please contact confuciusinstitute1@uclan.ac.uk about registration and payment if there are any issues.

Considering the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be alterations in the arrangement and administration of the HSK and HSKK exams in 2021. We will update you nearer to the time.

YCT is an international standardized Chinese language test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ ability to apply the Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. It consists of two independent parts: written exam and oral exam. The written exam is made up of four levels and the oral exam includes basic level and intermediate level only.

Exams organized by the UCLan HSK Exam Centre in 2021 (including Written Exam and Oral Exam):

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Date

Deadline of registration

15/05/2021

18/04/2021

14/11/2021

18/10/2021

Exam fees

  • YCT level 1: £5
  • YCT level 2: £10
  • YCT level 3: £20
  • YCT level 4: £25
  • Oral exam basic level: £10
  • Oral exam intermediate level: £10

If you would like to register for any levels of the YCT exam, please contact confuciusinstitute1@uclan.ac.uk or call 01772 894246 for further information.

Useful links and resources

Contact us

confuciusinstitute@uclan.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894242
Fax: +44 (0)1772 894940