1. Credit Mandarin Chinese
  2. Non-Credit Mandarin Chinese
  3. Public Lecture Series
  4. Drop-in Class
  5. HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test)
  6. China Study Tour
  7. Summer Music Camp in China
  8. Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra

The National Capital Confucius Institute at Carleton University offers a diverse array of courses and programs for those with an interest in Chinese language, Chinese culture, doing business in/with China, China-Canada relations.

While some courses are specifically for students registered at Carleton University, many others are open to the public. Both credit and non-credit courses are available.

Credit Mandarin Chinese

Credit mandarin Chinese courses are offered through the School of Linguistics and Language Studies.

Non-Credit Mandarin Chinese

The Non-credit Chinese language courses offered through the Confucius Institute at Carleton University are delivered by the visiting scholars/ certified instructors from the Chinese Universities. The curriculum, pedagogical methodology and enrolment standard are based on the Official Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK) classification, this would benefit the learners for future HSK test which is required by many Chinese universities and organizations for international studies and employment opportunities. The courses are designed to target the language skills in daily conversation and practices including speaking, social and business communications. In addition, related cultural knowledge, group activities and events will be introduced and arranged as an integral part of the teaching. Consultations are available for advanced studies of Chinese language and culture.

Courses are offered in Entry Level and Intermediate Level. Orientation, interview and placement test maybe required for enrolment. The average class is 45 minutes per session, 4 sessions per week, 10 students per class max.. All classes are at St. Patrick’s Building at Carleton University.

For orientation, interview, placement test and all the other course related questions, please contact Professor Ping Xiang at ping.xiang@carleton.ca

  • Cost: $100 (Registered Student/Senior/Faculty), $300 (Alumni), $450 (Public)

2019 Winter Schedule

Entry Level Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

January 8 – March 26, 2019

Intermediate Level Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

January 8 – March 21, 2019

  • The Confucius Institute will provide customized textbook when the class starts. 
  • classroom to be notified a week before the class starts.
  • If class schedule conflicts with the public holidays, the arrangement will be discussed by the instructor and the learners

Public Lecture Series

To understand China, history must be more than a background, but the framework for analyzing the present. The impact of culture and traditions is sometimes ignored, and it is not unusual for outsiders to look at China from the perspective of their own societies. The Confucius Institute at Carleton University is pleased to offer the “Understanding China Lecture Series” in which China is viewed from the perspective of her history, culture and traditions, as well as the current development. This Lecture Series are offered in Winter and Fall semesters during the regular office hours for the students and faculty members as well as general public. The theme topics of the lectures may vary each semester and are selected in the areas of Chinese culture, business, international education, international relations and policy. Guest lecturers will include visiting scholars and business executives from China, diplomates from the Chinese Embassy in Canada, and Canadian scholars and researchers.

Drop-in Class

The Confucius Institute at Carleton University offers free admission daily walk-in sessions for students, faculty members and the general public to explore and discuss the Chinese language and culture at Carleton University. The Drop-in Class will be offered during the Winter and Fall semesters. Summer program will be announced separately.

The regular session schedule and topic theme are designed to meet the general interests, and help students with their studies and research. Special group discussion and individual meeting on China can be arranged by appointment. The visiting scholars from China and local expertise will be invited to host and facilitate these sessions. Digital and VR experiencing on Chinese culture will also be available.

Lunch Time Talks on Chinese Culture

Walk-in Sessions during regular semesters at the Confucius Institute on Mondays to Thursdays at 12:00 – 13:00,  at 300 St. Patrick’s Building, and Fridays in Athletics

Free admission, limited seats, please register at confucius@carleton.ca 


Mondays               China Tourism VR Presentation

Tuesdays              Chinese Tea

Wednesdays         Tai-Chi    in partnership with Healthy Workplace

Thursdays             Traditional Chinese Opera            

Fridays                  Table Tennis

HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test)

HSK is China’s national standardized test of Chinese language proficiency to assess the non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.

The HSK Test was launched by Hanban and is the result of coordinated efforts by Chinese and international scholars and researchers from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The HSK Test has 6 levels (HSK Level I-VI)

Chinese proficiency certificate is issued in accordance with HSK scores and often recognized as a reference standard used by Chinese businesses, organizations in recruiting non-native Chinese speakers for jobs where certain level of the Chinese language proficiency is required. HSK scores are also the evidence of the Chinese language skills of the international students applying for Chinese university scholarships.

HSK tests are held regularly each year in China and at the international test centres.  The Confucius Institute at Carleton University is the only authorized HSK Test Centre in Ottawa, and HSK I – VI tests are currently offered in 2019.

  • Cost: $20 (HSK I), $30 (HSK II), $40 (HSK III), $50 (HSK IV), $60(HSK V), $70(HSK VI)
  • Dates and Times:
2019 Winter Registration Deadline January 25
2019 Winter Test Day February 24
2019 Fall Registration Deadline September 13
2019 Fall Test Day October 13

Contact: Professor Ping Xiang, ping.xiang@carleton.ca, 613-5202600 ext. 3307

China Study Tour

Experience 4000 years of civilization in 2 weeks with the China Study Tour. Explore China through historical sites such as the Great Wall and through art and culture focused activities such as calligraphy lessons and Mandarin Chinese classes.

The National Capital Confucius Institute at Carleton University is pleased to announce its fifth China Study Tour, including a visit to China during Fall Break, 2019 and language and cultural sessions at Carleton University in Winter and Fall 2019.

Contact Information

Confucius Institute, 354B St. Patrick’s Building

613-520-2600 ext. 2019


Summer Music Camp in China

The Confucius Institute has worked closely with the Music Department to introduce the cross-cultural world music exploration to the students at Carleton University with international and local partners including the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and NACO musicians in Ottawa since the NAC Orchestra China Tour in 2013.

“Confucius Institute International Music Summer Camp” is the annual cultural program by the Chinese and International Music Cultures & Music Confucius Institute Office of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (CCOM). Since 2014, three “International Music Summer Camps” have been held in Beijing, Tianjin, Yunnan and Hunan, over 100 music-major students from 8 prestigious universities of 7 countries and five continents had been invited to visit China to learn traditional Chinese instruments, experience local music and folk cultures, and perform various concerts at CCOM. 12 Carleton students from the Music Department participated the 2016 Music Camp and enjoyed the high professionality and extensive fusion of global musical cultures.

Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra

The Ottawa Transpacific Orchestra (OTPO) aims to blend the unique and enchanting sounds of traditional Chinese instruments with musical idioms from the Western jazz, pop and classical traditions. This group of young musicians explores new sonic landscapes, techniques, and modes of creative performance by planting themselves in a unique environment that encourages learning through first-hand experience. The OTPO is a student and alumni-run world fusion music ensemble supported by the Confucius Institute at Carleton University in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. The OTPO celebrates Canada’s diversity through cross-cultural collaboration.

The OTPO proudly features its own core members:

Jams Arif | arranger, xiao, trombone, percussion, etc.

Dennis Bass | xiao, saxophone, flute, etc.

Matthew R. Devost | director, arranger, zhongruan, etc.

Rebecca Eagle | guzheng, voice, percussion, etc.

Jessie Fleet | harp, guzheng

Dr. John Higney | liuqin, pipa, lute, etc.

Yaling Hu | voice, pipa

Angelo Leo | zhongruan, percussion, etc.

Branden Steele | double bass

Kelly Tang | erhu, violin