The Nottingham Confucius Institute

Mandarin Courses

A wide range of Mandarin courses are open to all University staff, postgraduate students, PhD candidates and local residents. These courses are taught by experienced language teachers from Chinese universities and subsidised by Nottingham Confucius Institute (NCI).

We offer a variety of lessons to suit people's needs:

Group courses: each academic term, usually commencing in October, January and April. Each course consists of 10 weekly two-hour sessions (18:00-20:00, Tuesdays/Wednesday/Thursdays and 10:00-12:00 or 12:30-14:30 Saturdays). From January 2023, Beginners HSK level 1 classes will also be available in person and online on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings (10:00-12:00). Students are taught in a group of up to 15 students. Levels available range from Beginners to Advanced. 

Private Mandarin Lessons: one-to-one tuition for individuals and private tuition for small groups, suitable for people looking for a more flexible way of learning throughout the year. Times can be arranged at an agreed time during Monday to Friday (9:00-20:00) or Saturday (10:00-14:00), subject to availability.

HSK Exam Prep Lessons: free online lessons to help improve students’ Mandarin Language proficiency and achieve better results in HSK exams, usually available four weeks before our exam dates. Anyone in the UK with an interest in HSK exams, whether planning to take an exam soon via any CI or simply wishing to test their Mandarin proficiency are welcome to attend.

Free Mandarin Lessons: we also aim to offer a number of courses free of charge, available in person or online, durring term time, provided we have staff availability.

To register or find out more, please click on the relevant course links above. If you require any further information, please get in touch by email or phone, or simply come along to room A23 CI Library, Si Yuan Building and ask one of our members of staff.


Nottingham Confucius Institute

Room A23, CI Library
Si Yuan Building
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

telephone: +44 (0)115 748 4502
fax: +44 (0)115 846 6324