Language learning

We provide a range of opportunities to learn Chinese suited to your needs and ability – from novice to expert. These include:

  • Elementary / Beginners (for complete beginners of Chinese)
  • Intermediate (for HSK Level 2 i.e. students who can read 600 characters and write 300 characters)
  • Advanced (for HSK Level 3 i.e. students who have completed Intermediate course)
  • HSK preparation (HSK Level 2 and 3 exams)
  • Individual / small group mentoring (tailor-made lessons and tutorials to support students on Chinese electives and courses within Degree programmes)
  • Tailored language learning (business and industry-specific Chinese courses e.g. Business Chinese for tourism and retail, Business Chinese for science and technology, Business Chinese for cultural heritage, business etiquette workshops, workshops on the Chinese taxation system and investment environment)

Understanding China through culture

We offer three semesters of cultural classes each year at Heriot-Watt University and at the Eric Liddell Centre in the city centre of Edinburgh. These include:

  • Chinese Brush Painting
  • Chinese Calligraphy
  • Chinese Embroidery and Art Craft
  • Chinese Films and Cultures
  • Chinese Zither
  • Chinese Business Etiquette
  • Tai Chi
  • Erhu
  • Mahjong

Chinese Cultural experiences

We make a positive role in promoting understanding of Chinese culture and helping global students and local communities learn more about China through the following outreach and public engagement activities:

  • City-wide celebration of Chinese New Year in partnership with Edinburgh Tourism Action Group
  • Chinese New Year music concert and workshops
  • Chinese festival cultural experience activities and workshops
  • Tailored cultural public engagement events within business partners
  • Culture promotions on Global Confucius Institute Days
  • Chinese cultural parade in Edinburgh Summer Festival Carnival
  • A series of showcases of Chinese culture for University open days and freshers week

Semester 2 2023-24 Course Catalogue

The full catalogue of courses running from September can be downloaded below.