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The Chinese Language Centre at HKU is a top class destination for learning Chinese that is known for the teaching excellence of its staff and the exceptionally high standards of performance of its students.  The Centre offers a wide range of highly popular courses, including a two-year Certificate Course in Chinese Language, Putonghua (Mandarin) courses for professionals, Cantonese courses for Mainland and overseas students, as well as Chinese language and culture courses for international students.  Taking advantage of Hong Kong’s position at the cultural crossroads between the East and the West, the Centre serves as a world-class hub for the teaching and learning of Chinese as a foreign language and as an international institute for research and collaboration in the promotion of Chinese language studies, Chinese heritage, and cross-cultural exchange.


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Certificate in Chinese Language Courses 
(Applications are invited for direct entry to Year 2 only)



Instruction Offered ONLINE!

We invite students who have some basic knowledge of either Cantonese or Mandarin to join our second-year classes (Cantonese 2 or Putonghua 2) in the 2021/22 academic year, at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in classes conducted with live Zoom video.

The courses will be offered through the Certificate in Chinese Language program of the Chinese Language Centre at HKU, which provides a comprehensive and rigorous Cantonese and Mandarin curriculum, with both spoken and written tracks.  


Our teaching and texts provide instruction in authentic spoken Cantonese or Mandarin.  Emphasizing practical communication skills over academic theory, our instructors enhance spoken interaction in a highly effective student learning experience with an engaging array of teaching pedagogies and motivational assessments. Our courses will provide you with a solid foundation, paving the way for related or advanced studies in the languages.

The courses are suitable for Cantonese heritage students and students of Mandarin who have prior knowledge in Chinese.  The courses will enable students to advance to an intermediate high level of proficiency by the end of the three terms. We encourage all who are interested to contact Ms. Amy Ho at for placement details, course schedule and application information. 

We will suspend the first-year classes (Cantonese 1 and Putonghua 1) and run the second-year classes (Cantonese 2 and Putonghua 2) in the 2021/22 academic year.
Can I apply for 2021 intake now?

Application for admission in September 2021 (FOR YEAR 2 ONLY) will remain open until 12:00 noon, June 30, 2021 (Hong Kong Time).

*Late applications for Year 2 will also be accepted for consideration. Please send your inquiry to Ms Amy Ho at

Where can I obtain an application form?

Application Forms can be downloaded from the website

Can I apply for admission as a visiting student?

An applicant who does not satisfy the University entrance requirements may be admitted as a Visiting Student. Visiting Student is not eligible for the award of the Certificate. Fees are the same as those for the regular students.

The Certificate Course in Chinese Language may be taken in the Putonghua stream or the Cantonese stream. In the 2021/22 academic year, we will run the second-year classes (Cantonese 2 and Putonghua 2)  for three terms, 15 hours per week, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., Monday through Friday. The course also incorporates a variety of cultural visits such as local style restaurants, markets or museums, bringing students to the target language venues and neighborhoods in the city, guide them utilizing the language in a real-world context.

The courses are intended for those whose mother tongue is not Chinese. They are taught by experienced teachers, who are native speakers of Chinese.

Academic Terms (2021 – 22)
  • Term 1   01 Sept. 2021 (Wed) – 03 Dec. 2021 (Fri)

  • Term 2   03 Jan. 2022 (Mon) – 01 Apr. 2022 (Fri)

  • Term 3   11 Apr. 2022 (Mon) – 08 Jul. 2022 (Fri)

    Examination Period:  04 Jul. 2022 (Mon) – 08 Jul.2022 (Fri)#

     # Examinations may take place in the afternoons.

    Class Suspension Period for The Lunar New Year:

    01 Feb. 2022 (Tue) – 07 Feb. 2022 (Mon)

The Curriculum

The Certificate Examination is held at the end of the curriculum.  It consist of written papers and oral tests.

Student Voices

    My teacher has a friendly and encouraging manner and tries out new methods to make classes active and interesting for learners.



       As a complete beginner, I was very nervous but I found my teachers patient and knowledgeable. They always encouraged me to speak in the class. It is easier that way to remember and to repeat phrases and words.



     I would like to be able to communicate directly with my business partners. I am happy that my teacher does not only follow the book but that he teaches me also extra words.



         This certificate provides the students with extensive vocabulary, comprehensive grammar and hints of the Chinese culture. Topics are varied and interesting.



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