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Chinese Courses for International Undergraduate Students

The Chinese Language Centre

Known for the teaching excellence of its staff and the exceptionally high standards of performance of its students, the Chinese Language Centre offers a wide range of highly popular courses, including a two-year Certificate Course in Chinese Language, Putonghua courses for professionals, Cantonese courses for Mainland and foreign students, as well as Chinese language and cultural courses for international students. By taking advantage of Hong Kong’s position as the cultural cross-roads between the East and the West, the Centre strives to be a world-class hub for the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language and an international institute for research and collaboration in the promotion of Chinese heritage and cross-cultural exchange.


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*   Alternative courses to fulfill the UG5 Chinese language enhancement requirements


These courses are intended primarily for full-time undergraduate students* and not open to auditors.

*   Full-time undergraduate students include :

a. HKU full-time students who are exempt from taking a Practical Chinese language course offered by the Chinese Language Enhancement Programme (CLEP);

b. exchange/visiting students whose native language is not Mandarin, taking CHIN9501-08; and

c. exchange/visiting students whose native language is not Cantonese, taking CHIN9511-12.


Undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts who have been exempted from the course “CART9001” are permitted to take the courses with the prefix CHIN, which have been approved by the Faculty Curriculum Development Committee for inclusion in the Arts curriculum.


Click here for the timetable


Cantonese Course Briefing: CHIN9511 & CHIN9512


CHIN9521 Chinese Character Course Briefing: Orientation video 01 & Orientation video 02


Mandarin Course Briefing & Documents: International | website (


Student Voice


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