Course

Chinese language course

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help to you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as MP3, websites and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. You will also learn to identify and memorise basic Chinese characters. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher is a native speaker, and the group lesson will be conducted in Chinese as much as possible. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary. 

After completing the second module, you will be able to communicate in Chinese in everyday situations. 

Please note: due to the COVID-19 situation, we will provide this course in an online setting.

"I very much enjoyed the Chinese language course, in which we not only learned the language but also had a presentation every week on a subject related to China. These presentations helped me to gain more insight into China and Chinese culture."

Philip Gestel | student FASoS

Chinese courses

For available times for the courses below, please see the course dates and the registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Costs per course

  • UM students € 295 per module
  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 360 per module
  • All other participants € 460 per module

Costs are exclusive course materials

Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • Beginner:Chinese A1min 
  • Beginner:Chinese A1plus
  • Elementary:Chinese A2

Chinese A1minus (ZH-A1minus)

Chinese A1minus is intended for people with no prior knowledge of Chinese. In this course, you will  be introduced to the Chinese language and the culture of this country.

Course materials:

  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Textbook (new edition 2014) ISBN 978-7-5138-0617-6 
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Exercise Book (new edition 2014) ISBN 978-7-5138-0618-3
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 MP3 discs (new edition 2014) ISBN 9787887172839

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A1minus: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Chinese A1plus (ZH-A1plus)

This course is intended for people with basic knowledge of Chinese and people who successfully completed Chinese A1minus.

In this course you will:

  • learn how to conduct a simple conversation in Chinese;
  • get an insight into basic grammar and syntax, and learn the most important words for common, everyday conversations;
  • You will also learn to identify and memorise Chinese characters.

Course materials:

  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Textbook (new edition 2014)  ISBN 978-7-5138-0617-6
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 Exercise Book (new edition 2014) ISBN 978-7-5138-0618-3
  • Contemporary Chinese 1 MP3 discs (new edition 2014) ISBN 9787887172839
  • Contemporary Chinese (Revised Edition) Character Book1  ISBN: 9787513806190

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A1plus: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Chinese A2 (ZH-A2)

Chinese A2 is intended for people with basic conversation in Chinese, be able to read around 150 Chinese Characters  and people who successfully completed Chinese A1plus.

In this course your will:

  • learn practical conversation such as making appointment, visiting family, planning a trip, taking transportation;
  • describing people or matters.
  • At the end of the course you will be able to read 300 Chinese Characters, reaching the HSK level 2 (A2).

Course materials: (will be same required as Chinese A1plus)

  • Contemporary Chinese 2 Textbook (revised edition) ISBN: 9787513807319
  • Contemporary Chinese 2 Exercise Book (revised edition)ISBN: 9787513807326
  • Contemporary Chinese 2 Character Book (revised edition) ISBN: 9787513807333
  • Contemporary Chinese 2 MP3 Discs for Textbook+Exercise Book 2 (revised edition)   ISBN: 9787887850027

Dates: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A2: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Registration and intake

If you are a beginner then no intake is needed and you can just register for level A1 by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation. 

If you already have some knowledge of the language and would like to join a non-beginners group then you can email to Suli Poell to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre or online.

Book an intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

Costs per course

  • UM students € 295 per module
  • UM staff, alumni and Zuyd Hogeschool students: € 360 per module
  • All other participants € 460 per module

Certificate and ECTS credits

After successfully completing a course, you will receive a certificate. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. One course is worth 3 ECTS credits. Whether these credits are acknowledged depends on your faculty. Please consult with your faculty / home university if these credits will be accepted as part of your programme.