Information about the different courses we offer in this language is available by clicking on each course pathway type. Please read this information carefully to ensure you pick the course that is right for you.

The Character Writing course has been revised to an hour long session for 6 weeks each term. It aims to give beginners and elementary learners a chance to practice their writing skills with the dedicated support of one of our tutors.

Before enrolling or applying it is imperative that you read the enrolment and application information.

General and Academic courses run in three parts. If you did not complete Part One or Part Two, you may still join at the next enrolment point (Part Two or Part Three) provided that you are not an absolute beginner. Please follow the guidance on our website to find the right stage for you and proceed to book your place online. If you are unsure, you may make an appointment to see a tutor in week 0 or week 1. If you feel that you have made the wrong level choice, please discuss this with your tutor at the end of the first class.

If you do not have a University Single Sign On account, please do not click on enrol but follow the instructions here.

Please note that by clicking enrol you will be taken to a shopping basket in the online booking system – do not press the back button to return to our webpage as this will create problems with the system. The fee will be adjusted in accordance with your status as you click through.

Click here for more information and advice on our waiting list system.

Course Pathway Stage(s) Enrol or Apply Day of week and time  Date of first class
Intensive 1 Enrol (This course requires some elementary prior knowledge of the language and is not suitable if you are a complete beginner) Every day 14:00-17:00 Monday 11 March
  Oxford University students - £100
Oxford University Staff - £150
Related Persons - £175
Members of the General Public - £200
Fast track 2+3

Applications for Fast Track programmes will re-open in late September 2019 ahead of Michaelmas term. Register for our newsletter if you would like to be notified.

Thursday 15:00-17:00
Tuesday 13:00-14:00
Tuesday 15 January
3+4 Wednesday 17:00-19:00
Friday 12:00-13:00
Wednesday 16 January
4+5 Monday 15:00-17:00
Friday 13:00-14:00
Monday 14 January
5+6 Monday 17:00-19:00
Thursday 13:00-14:00
Monday 14 January


Part 2


Enrolment for part 3 will soon open.

Tuesday 09:00-11:00 Tuesday 22 January
1 Thursdays 17:00-19:00 Thursday 24 January
1 Wednesday 15:00-17:00 Wednesday 23 January
2 Tuesday 11:00-13:00 Tuesday 22 January
3 Thursday 15:00-17:00 Thursday 24 January
4 Tuesdays 15:00-17:00 Tuesday 22 January


Details of the textbooks to be used for each course (where applicable) will be confirmed by tutors during the first class.

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Library shelfmark: CH

At Oxford


  • Chinasoft Publisher of the Ni Hao series of Chinese learning materials.
  • Chinese Language Information Page contains an excellent range of links and resources
  • FSI language course from Foreign Service Institute, U.S.A.
  • Peking University free online courses
  • Real Chinese is a course for beginners on video and on line, from the BBC. Video segments available for viewing in the Language Centre Library. Study the text and listen to dialogues on the web. Click on the topics in order to see the slideshow and hear the language, including useful phrases, tips on pronunciation and grammar, cultural notes and short quizzes to check what you've learnt. At the end of each slideshow there's a chance to watch a short (approx. 1 min) videoclip taken from the TV series
  • Chinese a series of free-online lessons based from the FSI, with also dictionaries
  • UK Database of Chinese Research Materials Records from the British Library, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford and SOAS
  • XuetangX China's biggest MOOC provider


The Language Centre Library wishes to thank Yi Wu, Library Assistant, for offering many useful weblinks.



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