​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Chinese Language Courses

Welcome to the tuition-free Chinese courses offered by the Confucius Institute of Stellenbosch University. We hope you will enjoy learning Chinese with us and take advantage of all that Confucius Institute and Stellenbosch University have to offer. Members of the public are welcome to join our courses.​​ These classes are extended to teenagers too. 

Please note that our Chinese classes have historically been taught online due to the pandemic, but we are phasing the mode of instruction to face-to-face lessons.

We welcome and encourage our Chinese learners to take advantage of "Chinese Club" or "Chinese Corner". You may read more about this here​.

Course information 2023:

​Type of Chinese Classes

​Course Information 

​​Public Chinese Classes​ (2023)


Semester 1: 20 February to 12 May
Semester 2: ​31 July- 20 October

* Level: no prior knowledge/ complete beginner
* Content: HSK1 Lesson 1 – 10
* Mode of instruction: face to face
Lecturer: Ms. XU Mengxuan
Class times: Wednesdays and Fridays 13:00-14:0​0
​Place: Buro Van Die WAT, 115 Banghoek Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

* Level: no prior knowledge/ complete beginner
* Content: HSK1 Lesson 1 – 10
Mode of instruction: face to face​
Lecturer: Mrs. LIU Yu
Class times:​ Mondays and Wednesdays 17:30-18:30  
*​ ​Place: Buro Van Die WAT, 115 Banghoek Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

* Level:  HSK 1/ can understand and use simple words and phrases
* Content: HSK 1 Lesson 11 - HSK2 Lesson 5
Mode of instruction: online
Class Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 17:30-18:30
Lecturer: Ms. XU Mengxuan

* Level: HSK 2/ can communicate simply and directly on daily topics with which you are familiar
* Content: HSK 2 Lesson 6 - 15
Mode of instruction: online
Class TimesTuesdays and Fridays 17:30-18:30
Lecturer: Mrs. LIU Yu

* Level towards advanced level 
(HSK 3/ can conduct basic communication in daily life, study, and work. You can manage most communication when traveling in China)​
* Content: HSK 3 Lesson 9 - 20
Mode of instruction: online
Class TimesMondays 13:00-14:00 and Thursdays 17:30-18:30
Lecturer: Mrs. LIU Yu

​Level:  Advanced
(HSK 4/ can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and can communicate with native Chinese speakers fluently in common situations)
* Content: HSK 4 volume 2
Mode of instruction: online
Class TimesMondays 17:30 to 18:30​ and Wednesdays 17:00 to 18:00
Lecturer: Ms. XU Mengxuan

Summary of module content 

An integrated approach incorporating listening, speaking, and reading skills (including grammar and vocabulary) will be adopted. However, a specific language skill (including basic writing) may be emphasized more than others in a specific module or level. Specific assistance on HSK tests and basic dissemination of Chinese culture will be offered as well. ​

The classroom 

Online on zoom​​
Face to face at ​Buro Van Die WAT, 115 Banghoek Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch


Registration & Material fee amounts to R300 per semester.​ Tuition is free.​

Registration process
  1. Join our WhatsApp group. You may join classes of different levels if you are unsure of your level.
  2. Send your name, surname, and desired course to the admin of the WhatsApp group.
  3. Join your chosen online classes. ​
  4. Wait to be instructed to pay.​ When indicated, make payment to:

    •            Account holder: University of Stellenbosch, 
    •            Bank: Standard Bank
    •            Account number: 073006955, 
    •            Branch code: 050610,
    •            Swift code : SBZAZAJJ​
    •            Reference: ​R5533-COUR-5597 + your Surname​

   5. Upload Proof of payment.

The number of lessons per week: 

Two classes of 60 minutes each per week, over about 12 weeks (excluding public holidays).
All courses are offered with a minimum of five participants per class.
If the number of participants is fewer than five, a course may be canceled or, after careful consideration, two classes may be combined. 

Expected outcomes:

Participants should be able to demonstrate language ability in certain daily communication and should be able to pass the HSK tests appropriate to their levels.

Buro Van Die WAT, 115 Banghoek Rd, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch​