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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Price List for Chinese Language and Culture classes

*Please email your online payment receipt / bank transcript to your lecturer by the second class.

*Course books cost €25(Textbook + Workbook) and can be purchased online as well. We do not offer discounts on course books.

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

*The purchase of textbooks.

1)The library in Confucius Institute will stay open one day / a week. 

2)We will arrange the postal service for our evening course students. We will post textbooks once a week on Wednesdays in the first three weeks. If you want to get your book by your first class,  please pay the textbook fee and postal fee online together, leaving “evening course textbooks" as the reference, and email to my colleagues Ms Xianshu Shen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ) with the receipt attached.  The postal fee is:  9 € (Standard parcel rate) + 60 cents ( Packaging rate ) = 9.6 € 


Chinese Evening Course Culture Workshops 

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.

Chinese Ink Painting


This course is for art lovers everywhere. All levels from beginner and upwards are welcome. The class is taught by a highly qualified and experienced teacher who has qualified in the field of Art in both China & Ireland can cater for all types of groups.


The class will aim to teach you in the following areas:

1) Basic techniques of Chinese ink painting

2) How to handle and develop your skills while using Chinese ink

3) How to introduce colour into your paintings

4) Learn and understand about the materials used in Chinese ink painting

5) How to execute the perfect brush strokes

6) Improve your drawing technique and styles while using Chinese ink


In addition to joining the course you will also have some fun and make some new friends along the way and learn Chinese and Chinese culture.

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 Confucius Institute for almost 4 years.


Tai Chi Made Fun and Easy

This course is designed to teach students the ancient practices of Chinese traditional martial arts, to learn about the history, philosophy and cultures of Kungfu, mainly focused on Taichi. This course is suitable for beginners and improvers.


Aims & objectives:

1) To enable the student to maintain good health.

2) To practice mental health.

3) To possess emotional stability.

4) To integrate moral values into your life.

5) To attain a higher level of consciousness.

6) To develop the ability to experience energy flow through your body

7) To develop good fitness

8) To build longevity

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


Everyday Chinese Medicine

This course explores the fundamental concepts, theories and methods underlying Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is suitable for all students who are interested in Chinese medicine and Chinese culture.

Aims & objectives:

1) To understanding the basic theory of Chinese

medicine and compare it to the principle of

western medicine.

2) To understand the roles of Chinese herbs

in treating skin conditions, hormonal disorders, digestive problems, gynecological conditions and much more.

3) To relieve pain, improve energy, reduces stress and anxiety by experiencing acupuncture

4) To reduce the pain and disorders in neck, shoulders, hips, back, arms, highs, legs and ankle by experiencing Tui Na medical massage.

5) To develop a self-care plan according to body

constitution, using the practice of food therapy.

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.







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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