Timetable Hilary Term 2020

Information for non-members of the University is here.

Course Pathway




Day of week and times

Date of first class

Date of final class
Enrol General Intensive 1 2 One week Monday to Friday 10:00 - 13:00 every day 16 March 2020 20 March 2020
A Stage is made up of three Parts, usually Part 1 is Michaelmas term, Part 2 is Hilary term and Part 3 is Trinity term. However, in some instances we will run another Part 1 in Hilary term due to popularity, please check the timetable carefully. Please note, complete beginners (Stage 1) cannot join Parts 2 or 3 if they have not completed Part 1.

Fees, funding and enrolment

Please click on the link below for information on our fees.

Enrolment is first-come, first-served. If the course on which you would like to enrol is fully booked, we operate a first-come, first-served waiting list system. Simply click on the Join the Waiting List button alongside the course of your choice and we will email you if a space becomes available. 


If you need to learn a language to support your studies, you can ask your college, department or faculty to sponsor you via our Priority Funding scheme. You'll need to seek permission from your tutor/supervisor, obtain the email address of the financial signatory in your college/department/faculty, and click on the link to the Priority Funding Application Form below. Priority Funding is not available for Fast Track courses. See our course handbook for more information. Priority funding for Hilary term is now closed. 

Colleges will consider refunding students up to half the Fast Track course fees on completion of the course at the end of Trinity term. Please contact your college to find out more about their arrangements before you start your course. A form to record the agreement between a student and their college of their eligibility for the reimbursement scheme is available for students to download below: it should not be returned to the Language Centre. 

Fast track college reimbursement form

For Learners with an Oxford University SSO (Single Sign-On) simply click on the enrol button next to the class that you wish to join. 

For Learners without an Oxford University SSO, or who are not members of the University, please email with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Email address and phone number
  • The name of the course you wish to study (including Stage and Part)
  • The start date and time of the course
  • Your connection to Oxford University, if any (to determine course fee)

We will then provisionally enrol you onto the course and send you a link to the Oxford University Online Store for payment. Once payment is received we will confirm your place on the course. 


Choose the pathway that works best for you by consulting our handbooks (see right hand column) or watching the "How to Choose your Pathway" video via the link below. 


  • Wide variety of Stages available, from beginners up
  • Term by term commitment
  • Taught in weeks 2-7 every term (part 1 in Michaelmas, part 2 in Hilary and part 3 in Trinity)
  • Classes per week: 1 
  • Length of class: 2 hours
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 12 
  • Expected hours of self-guided study learning outside the classroom (supported by Canvas, the University’s new Virtual Learning Environment): 12
  • Most popular courses are also available in a Week 9 Intensive format 
  • Entry: first-come, first-served
  • Fully-funded Priority places available for students sponsored by their college/department (see Priority Funding box on this page for further information)
  • Certificates of course completion and attendance are available, please see the course handbook for conditions
  • Ideal for learners motivated to learn faster
  • Taught throughout the academic year in weeks: 2 – 8 in Michaelmas, 1 – 8 In Hilary and Trinity, with entry points at the start of Michaelmas and Hilary
  • Classes per week: 2
  • Length of class: 2 hours + 1 hour – sessions are usually scheduled in the evenings
  • Total hours of tuition per term: 21 in Michaelmas, 24 each in Hilary and Trinity
  • Expected hours of self-guided study learning outside the classroom (supported by Canvas, the University’s new Virtual Learning Environment): 21 in Michaelmas, 24 each in Hilary and Trinity
  • Total hours of tuition per year: 69 (or 48 for the two term version)
  • Enrolment and fee is for the academic year
  • Entry: first-come, first-served
  • College partial reimbursement scheme available (see Fast Track partial reimbursement scheme on this page for further information, or read our Fast Track handbook)
  • Certificates of course completion and attendance are available, please see the course handbook for conditions

Short on time...?

We will run our most popular courses in an Intensive format in Week 9. Enrolment for these courses will open in Week 6. Join our mailing list to receive an enrolment reminder.


Further resources

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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