Evening Courses

We offer a range of evening courses in Chinese language and culture, catering for students who wish to learn or improve their level of Chinese for business, social or  further studies purposes. The classes are offered on every Tuesday and Wednesday from 18.30-20.00 on the UCD Belfield Campus. All students from our evening course are welcomed to join our Chinese Corner for free!


l   A variety of course choices

We offer language courses for all Chinese language learners from beginner to advanced levels. We also provide cultural courses such as Chinese Painting and Chinese Calligraphy for our students. The evening courses run three terms a year, each lasting 10 weeks. 

Winter Term:    January to March

Spring Term:    April to June

 Autumn Term:  September to November 

All students are welcome to meet fellow Chinese enthusiasts and practice Chinese  in the Chinese Corner every Monday evening, from 18.30 to 20.30 in UCD. We prepared various topics and activities which can help you improve your Chinese, as well as getting to know China better! 

l   Professional and dedicated teaching team

Our experienced, native-speaking Chinese language teachers are selected and trained by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). They are motivated, enthusiastic and they are also great fun!

 l   Small classes

There is a low student-tutor ratio in our evening classes. The average number of students in each class is 4-10, so that each student can participate actively in class and progress quickly.

 l   Culture workshops

Our students are invited to experience Chinese culture in the workshops and activities launched by the UCD CII.

l   Students from all over the world

Our students have the opportunity to meet Chinese learners from all over the world. They can quickly gain confidence using the Chinese language in an international, relaxed, friendly and encouraging environment.


Contact details:

Our offices are open 09:30-17:30, Monday to Friday (excluding Irish public holidays).

UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland 

University College Dublin,Belfield, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland


The coordinator of evening course  

Ms Xuan Yang

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Time Table & Price List:

2019 Winter Courses

General Chinese Language Classes

Tuesday or Wednesday 18.30--20.00

 15 January - 20 March (10 weeks /15 hours)

VenueUCD Confucius Institute (Belfield Campus)

Course Name

Teaching Materials

 Entry Requirementsknowledge of Chinese

Chinese course for Beginners (1.1)

HSK Standard 1


Little or no Chinese

Chinese course for Beginners (1.2)

HSK Standard 1


Knowledge of Pinyin and a few basic structures

Chinese course for Post-beginners(2.1)

HSK Standard 2


Completed HSK level 1 /  knowledge of Pinyin  and some basic structuressuch as“是的”,“有”字句etc.

Chinese course for Post-beginners(2.2)

HSK Standard 2


Minimum 200 commonly used words and related grammar patterns, such as “ 已经the adverb of degree最”,the pair of conjunctions“因为所以…”etc.

Intermediate (3.1)

HSK Standard 3


Completed HSK level 2/ minimum 300 commonly used words

Intermediate (3.2)

HSK Standard 3


Minimum 400-500 commonly used wordsand related grammar patterns, such as verb+得”,the structure” 越来越”, “ verb+”, etc.

Intermediate (3.3)

HSK Standard 3


Minimum 500-600 commonly used wordsand related grammar patterns, such as verb+得”,comparative sentence ”A B +…很多/一点儿”, the structure“ ” , etc.

Intermediate (4.1)

HSK Standard 4 ()

Completed HSK level 3/minimum 600 commonly used words, basic level of daily communications in Chinese.

Intermediate (4.2)

HSK Standard 4


Minimum 800 commonly used words, basic level of daily communications  in Chinese .

Business /Advanced Chinese

HSK standard 5/supplementary  materials

Completed HSK level 4/ minimum 1000 commonly used words, ability to communicate in Chinese in their daily lives


Chinese Culture Classes

Tuesday or Wednesday 18.30--20.00

 15 January - 20 March (10 weeks /15 hours)

VenueUCD Confucius Institute (Belfield Campus)

Course Name

Brief Introduction

Instructor Information


Chinese Calligraphy

This is a skills orientated course starting with the origins of Chinese characters and the art of Chinese calligraphy. It acquaints students with the characteristics of the Official Script, focusing on the basic strokes and forms of written Chinese characters. Students will learn to concentrate on the movement of the brush. The emphasis is on the techniques, methods and practice of brush writing.

Our experienced and enthusiastic teachers are established Chinese calligraphers. Due to their vast experience in teaching Chinese calligraphy, our teachers will create a comfortable atmosphere in which you can learn the ins and outs of this art. All participants will get personal assistance and the opportunity to fulfill their own wishes within this course.


Traditional Chinese Ink Painting


The course is for students with minimum experience, allowing them to learn basic techniques including how to handle the Chinese painting brush with ink and color, to execute brush strokes professionally as well as to develop skills in drawing different subjects.

Ms. Chunzhu Wang, graduated with a BA Hons Arts Degree in the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT). She is skilled in Chinese Ink Art and how to master and work with the different materials and inks. she has lectured in Chinese ink art in UCD CII for almost 4 years


Tai Chi Made Fun and Easy

This course is for students who wish to develop great fitness, health, longevity and inner peace through Tai-chi.

Mr.Qiyuan Huang, started to practice Chinese traditional martial art at the age of 11. He majored in the styles of southern traditional martial art inherited from family and learned Chen style and Yang style of Tai-chi from renowned masters.

The Introduction of Chinese Medicine

This course introduces the basic concepts, theories, methods underlying acupuncture and and Chinese herbal medicine to students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of Chinese medicine.

Doctor Su pin Chen, a senior Acupuncture Consultant Director of Shanghai Acupuncture College Ireland,  Executive Council member of European Association of Head Acupuncture, she has been practicing in Ireland since 1985.




 Price List

Free Registration

Course Name  



General Chinese Language Class

10 weeks


Chinese Culture Class

10 weeks


 Discounts are offered fordiscounts cannot be combined:

1. Returning Students

€ 120

2. UCD students, Alumni and Staff

€ 105

3. Senior Citizen

€ 105

4. Bring a Friend and enjoy 50% off

€ 75

*Please bring your online payment receipt / Check and Photo ID when you first come to the class.

*Course books cost €25( Textbook+ Workbook), and can be purchased when you come to the class.

*After the second class, no refunds will be granted. Course book fees are not refundable.

* We don't take cash.

Chinese Health Regimen


In the modern age, the first and most important benefit of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts is Health. Professor Liu will be teaching regular Health Regimen classes in UCD Confucius Institute. 

This is a traditional part of Chinese Wushu, and translates directly to "Healthy Body Chi Skill". It combines mental discipline with breathing and physical actions. Stretching the body, following clear focussed direction to achieve a flexible, supple and healthy body.

This class will include exercises from Eight Trigrams boxing, Five Animals Games, Daoyin Shu, and the Book of Changes exercise.

Chinese Corner (Session Series)

We at UCD Confucius Institute are delighted to offer students an ideal chance to practice Chinese after class – Chinese Corner. 

We hope it will become an important place where students of Chinese meet with native speakers of Chinese and practice speaking what they have just learned in class.

Here, you can practice with other Chinese learners and also native Chinese speakers. Our teachers will be there as well to coordinate and help you correct pronunciation and grammar.

Time: Monday 6:30-8:00pm

Venue: Quinn School, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4

Fee: Free for CI evening course students

Chinese Painting

Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. The earliest paintings were not representational but ornamental; they consisted of patterns or designs rather than pictures. Early pottery was painted with spirals, zigzags, dots, or animals. It was only during the Warring States Period(403-221 B.C.) that artists began to represent the world around them.

Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guó huà (国画), meaning 'national' or 'native painting', as opposed to Western styles of art. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made of are paper and silk. The finished work is then mounted on scrolls, which can be hung or rolled up. Traditional painting  is also done in albums and on walls, lacquerwork, and other media.

In this course, the students will learn how to paint a range of popular subjects using Traditional & Contemporary Chinese Brush Painting techniques. Projects gradually increase in difficulty, and feature such subjects as swallows, bamboo, wild orchids, plum blossoms, pandas, horses, peonies and more.

Course Duration and Class Size

Three ten-week courses will be run from January, April and September each year. Each week will have one session of one and half hours. Class sizes will be limited to approximately five to ten students.

Chinese Painting  “Shirmp” by Master Qi Baishi. (See the picture above)


Chinese Calligraphy


No previous knowledge of Chinese is required for this course. Anyone with an interest in Chinese calligraphy is eligible.


The course will give students an introduction to various key aspects of Chinese calligraphy. Students will be given a general overview of the history of Chinese calligraphy, the features of the main styles, and calligraphic writing techniques. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to write characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style.

Teaching Content

Four basics of calligraphy – brush, ink, paper, ink-stone.

• Introduction to the ways of holding a brush and brush writing techniques.

• The strokes and basic structures of Chinese characters.

• Introduction and appreciation of some calligraphy works.

• Copying and writing characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style.



Students are expected to gain a perceptual knowledge of Chinese Calligraphy and have a good understanding of the characters’ structures. At the end of the course, students will be able to hold the brush, write correctly and copy characters in tsao-shu (cursive script) style. The course is intended to promote students’ interest in Chinese calligraphy and to lay foundations for further study.

Course Duration and Class Size

Three ten-week courses will be run from January, April and September each year. Each week will have one session of one hour. Class sizes will be limited to approximately ten students.

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