The Nottingham Confucius Institute

Private Mandarin Lessons

In addition to evening courses we offer one-to-one tuition for individuals and private tuition for small groups who are looking for a more flexible way of learning throughout the year.

These private lessons will be tailored to meet students’ needs and requirements, from complete beginners to advanced learners. Your reasons for joining could be to prepare for HSK exams, to brush up on conversational Mandarin or to get ready to live or work in China. These are just some examples - whatever your objectives, we will do our best to help you achieve them.

The timing of your class can be arranged at a mutually convenient time directly with your tutor.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, all of our courses are currently being delivered online. Details on how to join the virtual lessons will be emailed to the students by the class tutor in due course. 

Course fees

One-to-one tuition: £220 per 10 hour lessons for general public; £210 for UoN staff and students

Small group tuition (2-3 people per group): £110 per person per 10 hour lessons, available for group bookings only; £105 for UoN staff and students

How to book

Please arrange an appointment with us by emailing NCI with "Private Mandarin Lessons" in the subject line. During the appointment, you can discuss your needs and availability directly with your tutor prior to making the payment on our online store.

Please note that the above fees do not include costs of the course books, which will be recommended to you to purchase by your tutor after your appointment.

Terms and conditions: 

  • Once private lessons have begun, fees are non-refundable and no partial refund can be given for any classes not attended.
  • Applicants should usually be over 18 at the start of the course.
  • For small group tuition, students within the group must agree among themselves in terms of their learning objectives and availability. Should the group break up, NCI reserves the right to cancel the lessons without refund.

  • All lessons should take place in Si Yuan Building premises during week days, unless agreed otherwise. 
  • NCI reserves the right to cancel private lessons with one week notice due to unforseeable circumstances. If lessons are cancelled by NCI, a pro-rata refund will be given.
  • Wherever possible, classes will be taught by the same tutor, however NCI reserves the right to replace a tutor if necessary.

  • To reschedule a private one-to-one or small group lessons, you are required to give at least 24 hours notice to your tutor either by phone or email. Failing to do so may result in you losing an hour of your paid lessons.

  • The HSK small group lessons can only be rescheduled with mutual agreements from all students and the tutor. One week's notice is required. 

  • A block of ten hour lessons should be taken within six months after  lessons begin, unless agreed by NCI otherwise.  Any overdue lessons will be cancelled and no refund will be given. 


For enquiries and further details, please contact

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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