Monthly Archives: March 2018

Autumn Term Classes start from 30 Sept.

We offer a diverse programme of evening classes for the general public to enjoy learning Chinese. Our Autumn 2019 courses will start week beginning 30 September and booking for these classes is now open.

All classes take place on the Confucius Institute for Scotland Campus sitting in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat. You can download a map showing the campus layout here – Conf-campus-map

LANGUAGE CLASSES September – December 2019

An absolute beginner can join us at the start of each term. If you have some previous learning and have not yet started classes with us please get in touch and we can arrange an assessment to ensure you are placed in the most suitable class. For this, or any other questions please email info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk. You can also call us on 0131 662 2180.

Please note that course names have been changed to reflect the Common European Framework for Modern Languages.  The table below gives the previous names of courses in second position. Click on the class you are interested in for more info.

autumn 2019 Timetable

CLass level Code Day(s) Dates-all 2019 Time Full Price / Student
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-109 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-110 Tuesday 1 Oct – 3 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-111 Wednesday 2 Oct – 4 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 1
Chinese 1.1
CH060-112 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 2
Chinese 1.2
CH061-105 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 2
Chinese 1.2
CH061-106 Wednesday 2 Oct – 4 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Beginners 3
Chinese 1.3
CH062-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Elementary 1
Chinese 2.1
CH063-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
       Elementary 2      Chinese 2.2 CH064-103 Monday  30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
      Elementary 3      Chinese 2.3 CH065-103 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 1
Chinese 3.1
CH066-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 2
Chinese 3.2
CH067-103 Monday  30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 3
Chinese 3.3
CH068-103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Intermediate 5
Chinese 4.1
CH070-103 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Upper Intermediate 1
Chinese 5.1
CH072-103 Wednesday 2 Oct – 4 Dec  6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Upper Intermediate 2
Chinese 5.2
CH074 -103 Thursday 3 Oct – 5 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Advanced Chinese 2
Chinese 6.2
CH075-103 Tuesday 1 Oct – 3 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91
Upper Advanced
Chinese Advanced
CH076-103 Monday 30 Sep – 2 Dec 6.00-8.00pm £136/£91

Evening classes run for two hours on the same evening for a ten week term. No assessment is carried out but students are encouraged to test their developing skills by sitting the globally run HSK test.

Excellence in teaching is paramount. Our teachers are seconded from Fudan University which regularly send us experienced senior teachers and a number of Masters candidates in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. You can see the profiles of our current and previous teachers by clicking here.

Our classes are geared for adult learners at age of 16 and over.  For younger learners please enquire about private classes.

Hanban Confucius Institute Scholarships – 2018

This year, thanks to our sponsoring agency, Hanban, we are pleased to offer a number of Confucius Institute Scholarships.  There are five options.

  • One Semester Scholarships
  • One Academic Year Scholarships
  • Master`s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (BTCSOL)
  • Four-week scholarships

Recipients of full scholarships are exempt from tuition fees, accommodation fees on campus, and are provided with a monthly living allowance as well as comprehensive medical insurance for foreign students studying in China.  These benefits do not come with the Four-week scholarship.

General Eligibility Criteria

Applicants shall be non-Chinese citizens in good health, aged between 16 and 35. Chinese language teachers currently in post should be age below 45. Applicants for undergraduate studies should be age below 25.

ONE SEMESTER SCHOLARSHIP – 5 months

Applicants should have never been issued a X1 and/or an X2 Chinese visa.
The scholarship winner can choose to begin the course of study from September 2018 or March 2019. Two types of One Semester Scholarship are on offer.

Type 1: Chinese International Education, Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy.  For this area of study, applicants should achieve a score of at least 210 on HSK Level 3 and have an HSKK result.

Type 2: Chinese medicine and Tai Chi. For this area of study applicants must provide an HSK result.

ONE ACADEMIC YEAR SCHOLARSHIP – 11 Months

The scholarship winner shall begin the course of study from September 2018.  International students studying in China are not eligible for this scholarship. There are three types of One Academic Year Scholarship on offer.

Type 1: Chinese International Education
Applicants should achieve a score of at least 270 on HSK Level 3 and have an HSKK result.

Type 2: Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese History, Chinese Philosophy
Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on HSK Level 4 and at least 60 on HSKK (Intermediate).

Type 3: Chinese Language Study
Applicants should achieve a score of at least 180 on HSK Level 3.

MTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP – TWO ACADEMIC YEARS

This scholarship for a Master in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages will run from  September 2018 and the period of sponsorship is no longer than two years.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree and should achieve a score of at least 210 on HSK 5 and at least 60 HSKK (Intermediate). Any applicant with a specific teaching post already arranged will be given priority admission.

BTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP – four academic years

This scholarship for a Bachelor in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages will run from  September 2018 and the period of sponsorship is no longer than four years.

Applicants should have a high school diploma and should achieve a score of at least 210 on HSK 4 and at least 60 HSKK (Intermediate).

FOUR-WEEK CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP

Applicants should have never been issued a X1 and/or X2 Chinese visa. The scholarship winner can choose to begin the course of study from July or December 2018.

Three types of Four-week Scholarship are on offer.

Type 1: Chinese Medicine and Taichi Culture
Applicants should have a HSK result.

Type 2: Chinese Language + Family Experience 
This is a new programme which will not be offered by our Institute in 2018.

Applicants should provide HSK results. Individual Confucius Institute must organise and apply for this type of scholarship with 10-15 participants per group. Prior to the trip, a detailed study plan shall be made after consultation with host institutions and submit to Hanban for approval.

Type 3: Special Four-week Program for Confucius Institutes
This is a new programme which will not be offered by our Institute in 2018.

Applicants should provide HSK results. Individual Confucius Institute must organise and apply for this type of scholarship with 10-15 participants per group.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply please visit the Confucius Institute Scholarship website at http://cis.chinese.cn , where you can set up an individual account, get more information as well as an introduction to the range of participating host Higher Education institutions along with details as to which scholarships are offered. The system is now open.

Applicants should complete and submit via the website the online Confucius Institute Scholarship Application Form with relevant supporting documents. Applicants are required to follow up with the application procedures, review comments, and check scholarship award results.

Scholarship winners should confirm the scholarship offer with the host institutions and undertake the registration procedures required by the host institutions. Scholarship winners should also print out the Scholarship award certificate, apply for relevant Chinese visa in time and register with the host institutions within the required period to ensure they receive the entitlements of the awarded scholarship.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

If you would like to apply for a Confucius Institute Scholarship through the Confucius Institute for Scotland, please submit your scholarship application via the Scholarship Website, meeting the deadlines set out below.

For a summer 4-week scholarship (July entry), applications should be submitted by 20 April 2018;
For a September 2018 entry, applications should be submitted by 31 May 2018;
For March 2019 entry or a winter 4-week scholarship, applications should be submitted by 20 September 2018.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

All applicants must provide:

  • Scanned copy of passport photo page
  • Scanned copy of HSK and/or HSKK results
  • A recommendation letter from the head of recommending institute

Applicants of MTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP and BTCSOL SCHOLARSHIP should also provide:

  • Highest degree certificate or diploma (or proof of expected graduation)
  • Academic transcript

Applicants who are currently working as a Chinese language teacher should provide proof of employment and a reference letter from the employer.

Applicants under the age of 18 should provide certified legal guardian documents in China.

Applicants should also provide any additional documents required by the host institutions.

OTHER NOTES

Applicants should check with host institutions in terms of the types scholarship on offered by the university. Contact details of the host institutions are available at: http://cis.chinese.cn/Account/AcceptShool 

NEED HELP?

Contact Jie Chen on 0131 662 2182, email jie.chen@ed.ac.uk, or make an appointment for a face to face discussion.

Good luck!

“No Great Wall”: Book Launch 4th April

Dr Felix Boecking, senior lecturer in Modern Chinese Economic and Political History in the University of Edinburgh will launch his latest book “No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945” (Harvard University Asia Center, 2017) on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12pm in G.03, Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG.

This book launch event will be joined by renowned historian and broadcaster Rana Mitter (Oxford) and is open to all. Please reserve your ticket via Eventbrite.