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

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

In our nation’s capital The Confucius Institute at Carleton University specializes in providing Chinese language and culture programs. Classes are designed for those who want to improve their Chinese language ability and learn Chinese culture.

  • Cost: $50 (Student/Senior), $150 (Alumni), $280 (General)

2017 Fall Schedule

Beginner 1-5 Courses meet 6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday (Total 8 times) classrooms to be assigned at St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University

Intermediate 1-4 Courses meet 6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday (Total 8 times) classrooms to be assigned at St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University

Easy Conversation Courses meet 6:00 pm – 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday (Total 8 times) classrooms to be assigned at St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University

Beginner 1-5 Sept. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28; Oct. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26; Nov. 7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30
Intermediate 1-2 Sept. 4,6,11,13,18,20,25,27
Intermediate 2-3  Oct. 2,4,9,11,16,18,23,25
Intermediate 3-4 Nov. 6,8,13,15,20,22,27,29
Easy Conversation Sept. 5,7,12,14,19,21,26,28; Oct. 3,5,10,12,17,19,24,26; Nov. 7,9,14,16,21,23,28,30
  • Purchase the textbook/workbook/MP3 (NEW PRACTICAL CHINESE READER) before you take the course.  Available online.
  • If class schedule conflicts with the public holidays, the arrangement will be discussed by the instructor and the learners.
  • Courses are delivered by the accredited Chinese language instructors and professors from Central China Normal University.
  • The Confucius Institute will offer HSK after the learning if you want to test the result of learning.

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 at the Confucius Institute on Mondays to Fridays at 12:00 – 13:00, Sept.11 to Nov.3, at 300 St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University.

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


Mondays                Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 16, 30, Nov. 6

Chinese food and Chinese cuisine

Traditional Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese Architecture, Garden and Feng-shui

Chinese traditional festivals

Tai-Chi and Book of Changes

Tourism in China

Women in Chinese society

Confucius and his wisdom

Tuesdays               Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 17, 31, Nov. 7, 14

Chinese Tea

Tea and its health effects

Tea processing

 The classification of tea

How to select tea

 Tea wares

Process of brewing tea

 History of drinking tea

The art of tea

Wednesdays          Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, Nov. 1, 8

Tai-Chi                    Stories and life style, flow of energy, basic moves and demonstration

Thursdays              Oct. 5, 12, 19, Nov. 2, 9

Traditional Theatre and Drama       Peking Opera and costumes

Fridays                   Sept. 15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, Nov. 3, 10

China Tourism         Heritage and contemporary attractions with the VR presentations

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 Fall 2017.

  • Cost: $20 (HSK I), $30 (HSK II), $40 (HSK III), $50 (HSK IV), $60(HSK V), $70(HSK VI)
  • Dates and Times:
2017 Spring Registration Deadline February 20
2017 Spring Test Day March 19
2017 Fall Registration Deadline October 15
2017 Fall Test Day November 11
  • Contact: Quanyi Wang, quanyi.wang@carleton.ca, 613-5202600 ext. 8373(office), 613-3661766 (cell)

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 on May 4-19, 2018 and language and cultural sessions at Carleton University in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018.

Contact Information

Carleton International, 509 Tory Building

613-520-2600 ext. 2628



Confucius Institute, 354B St. Patrick’s Building

613-520-2600 ext 2019, confucius@carleton.ca

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.