For UQ students and staff

The Confucius Institute offers many opportunities for UQ staff and students, including:

  1. Outward mobility programs in Chinese studies and SET, including short-term study tours (2-4 weeks) and more structured 3-month study programs;
  2. Academic exchange and collaboration between UQ and Chinese universities and research institutions, and visits by high-level visitors and delegations from Chinese universities, research institutions, government and corporations;
  3. Courses and programs in Chinese language and culture, and in Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting, particularly in science, technology and engineering;
  4. Seminars, talks, public lectures and workshops in Chinese studies, SET, humanities, social sciences and arts on China-related themes, including outreach talks and workshops for key local schools;
  5. Cultural events such as arts exhibitions and performances;
  6. Hosting the Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK) and the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).

1. UQ research, study and experience tour to China

The UQ Research, Study and Experience Tour is an annual program organised by The Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland in collaboration with faculties across UQ. The four-week program is based at Tianjin University, one of the top 10 universities in China. Participants can engage in practical research experiences, develop a global view in their area of interest, and grow a deeper understanding in the Chinese language and culture.

Read more about the UQ Research, Study and Experience Tour.

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2. Culture and Modern China Free Courses

The Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland will host free short courses on Chinese Culture and its relationship to modern society for UQ students.

These courses aim to promote a stronger understanding of various key aspects of Chinese culture and will ideally cover:

  • Key aspects of Chinese culture (including but not limited to food, media, the arts, societal characteristics etc.)
  • How they relate to today's China
  • How Chinese culture is reflected globally

Read more about free courses on Chinese culture.

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3. Confucius Institute Scholarship for study in China

The Confucius Institute Scholarships program provides sponsorship to students, scholars and Chinese language teachers to study at Tianjin University.

Read more.

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4. HSK/HSKK Chinese language proficiency testing

In recognising the importance of Mandarin skills in an increasingly globalised climate, the Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland encourages students of the language to test their skills in the form of the HSK and HSKK.

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is China's national standardised test designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The standard HSK test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is available to scholars of all ages. The HSK Speaking Test (HSKK) assesses the test takers’ ability to express themselves in oral Chinese and is an important part of the Chinese testing system. These are standardised exams for Chinese language proficiency and are aimed at non-native Chinese speakers of all levels.

The HSK/HSKK tests are highly valued tools used in assessing those aspiring to study, research and employment in China. Students who excel at the higher HSK levels may be eligible for support offered by the China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test for study in China.

Read more about Chinese language proficiency testing.

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5. Courses and programs offered at UQ

The UQ School of Languages and Cultures offers degree-level courses and programs in Chinese as well as Chinese language translation and interpreting:

Undergraduate

Honours

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese

Postgraduate

See the UQ School of Languages and Cultures for additional information about studying Chinese.

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6. Chinese Bridge - Chinese proficiency competition

The "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for International University Students is a large-scale international contest for students on their mastery of the Chinese language, sponsored by the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) in Beijing.

The competition allows non-native Chinese speakers to demonstrate their knowledge of Chinese culture and knowledge in a written test, and compete in optional oral presentations and cultural arts performances for prizes including an all-expenses paid trip to China to compete in the grand finals.

To date, nearly 600,000 competitors from 110 countries have participated in the competition.

Read more about UQ's most recent participation in the Chinese Bridge.

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7. Staff Sponsored Mandarin Learning

In conjunction with UQ’s Institute of Modern Languages (IML), the Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland is offering fully sponsored places to UQ staff to engage in short-term Mandarin study. This important learning opportunity aims to assist participants in their understanding and use of Mandarin.

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