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Chinese language Courses 2017-2018

maandag, 25 september, 2017 - 17:00 to vrijdag, 22 december, 2017 - 20:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Confucius Institute at the VUB

The Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel organises Chinese Mandarine language courses at the Brussels Engineering, Sciences & Humanities Campus (Campus Etterbeek). Some guarantees are made for these courses:

  • the teacher is a native speaker of Mandarin Chinese.
  • the language of instruction is English.
  • the opportunity exists for registered students to join a language and culture summer camp in China, partially funded by the Confucius Institute. General conditions can be found here.

Private Courses

If you are interested to follow a private course at the Confucius Institute at the VUB, please send an email to vub-ci@vub.be. The tuition fee is 70 EUR per hour. Please pay the fee within ten days after receiving the payment request. More information can be found on the Language and Culture section of the Confucius Institute page.

Group Courses

Times and prices will be updated soon for the separate modules of the Chinese language classes from February to June 2018.

VUB students and staff get a reduction of 50% on the tuition fee mentioned above.
The purchase of course books is not included in the tuition fee. These can be bought at the online bookshop of the Confucius Institute at the VUB.
The proposed schedule is subject to change. If the module you paid for is moved to a different moment, a refund of the tuition fee is possible.

Enrolment is complete upon: 

  1. payment of the tuition fee;
  2. receiving the complete and signed enrolment form, which you can find below. Send it by email or bring it to the teacher during the first class.

Enrolment for the first semester is possible until 16 March 2018.

Course Information

The Confucius Institute at the VUB offers Chinese language courses on the following days and places. The information displayed below is still subject to changes.

  • Beginners level 1.1 | Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00  |
  • Beginners level 1.2 | Monday 18:00 - 21:00 |
  • Beginners level 2.1 | Monday 17:00 - 20:00 |
  • Intermediate level 2.2 |Thursday 18:00 - 21:00 | 
  • Intermediate level 3.2 | Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00 |
  • Intermediate level 4.2 | Thursday 17:00 - 20:00 | 
  • Chinese Social Science Subject Class | Monday 18:00 - 20:30 | 
  • Conversation Table | Thursday 12:30 - 14:00 | (free for all language learners)

General Conditions

  • Students can obtain a refund if they withdraw their enrolment within two weeks from the start of the lessons; 40 EUR will be withheld to cover the administrative costs.
  • A minimum of five students per class is required to run a course. If less then five students enroll for a class, the Confucius Institute retains the right to cancel the course for the semester or until more students enroll.
  • Students enroling for the intermediate level need to do a pre-assessment test. Please contact the Confucius Institute to schedule an appointment for the test.
  • The purchase of course books and other didactic materials is not included in the tuition fee.
  • If a series of classes for which you enrolled, is moved to another day, the tuition fee can be refunded upon request if the new course dates do not fit for you.
  • Enrolment for courses during a semester grants the right to attend the summer camp.  on the precondition that a minimum of 20 students with a maximum age limit of 30 year


Do you need a textbook or workbook for your language course at the Confucius Institute? Find and buy all you need at our online bookshop.

Chinese Social Science Subject Course

The Confucius Institute at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel offers a challenging course with an emphasis on the combination between language learning and social sciences. The course aims to teach and discuss Chinese culture and history from an angle of social sciences. Moreover, the language of tuition will be a mix of English and Chinese, meaning that the course can be attended by both beginner and intermediate students who aim to build up a scientific and accurate vocabulary in Chinese. Through this course, we hope to create an immersive language environment that allows the students to learn about social sciences and Chinese history while simultaneously acquiring a broad vocabulary and functional competences in Chinese. 

Conversation Table

Every Thursday from 12:00 to 14:00, a conversation table will be organised. During this class, students can collectively choose and prepare a topic for discussion. The teacher offers relevant vocabulary and modes of expression throughout. This helps to integrate language learning in a substantial and useful context. The conversation table is organised for beginner and intermediate students together.