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Queen Mary University of London's (QMUL) new Confucius Institute, a collaboration between QMUL and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE), aims to strengthen educational, cultural, and business links between London and Shanghai, two leading financial centres, by facilitating student and staff exchanges, academic collaboration and joint research; providing courses in Chinese Language and Culture; and promoting collaborations in the areas of finance and economics.The Institute was established in September 2015 with support from Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters, which is responsible for promoting Chinese language and culture abroad.

Summer Camp 2017

After the great success of the first QMUL Confucius Institute China Summer Camp in July this year, we will be running the camp again in 2017. Together with the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, we will be providing the opportunity for students to take part in a summer camp in Shanghai. The programme provides students with the chance to discover the economy, culture, language and history of China today. The programme runs for 2 weeks from July 15, 2017  to July 30, 2017. 

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Dates/ Timetable and Fees for 2016/2017 Chinese Language and Culture classes

Why study Mandarin Chinese?

  • you may be interested in the language and culture as a student of language yourself;
  • you may be planning to visit China and/or take part in an exchange programme;
  • you may wish to improve your employability on graduating from QMUL by demonstrating your international attributes;
  • you may be teaching or studying on one of QMUL's joint programmes in Beijing or Nanchang.

Whatever your reason, you will find a friendly welcome at the Institute, and classes which will quickly help to improve your language skills.


In line with QMUL's commitment to offer students a multidisciplinary education, a number of scholarships are available to undergraduate students who wish to learn a language in addition to their main programme of study (this scheme will be extended in future years and opened to postgraduate students). Students can apply for a scholarship for one 15-credit module of language per year. This module will be non-credit bearing and will not contribute towards your degree result.

Please see further information about the QMUL Language Scholarship Scheme here.

Confucius Institute Scholarships

We offer 10 Confucius Institute scholarships, based on merit, to the top achieving students on their Chinese language and culture course. The scholarships will be a refund of fees paid at the beginning of the year. You do not need to apply for these scholarships as you will be automatically eligible once you have paid your fees. 

CHINESE DIAGNOSTIC TEST [DOC 78KB](download word document)

HSK Exam Prep classes and Chinese Language semi-intensive course

The Confucius Institute will be running HSK Exam prep classes and Chinese language courses this summer. Please click here for more information.

Check out our timetable of Chinese Language and Culture modules.

We also offer one-to-one private lessonsfor those who wish to study Mandarin Chinese for Specific Purposes, or need individual tuition for other reasons.


A key component of the work of the QMUL Confucius Institute is to work with local schools and collegesin and around East London to promote Chinese language learning & teaching, and a wider understanding of Chinese culture. Our trained Chinese language teachers are able to visit your school to deliver an agreed programme to suit your needs, or alternatively, school groups are very welcome to visit the QMUL campus. 

Please contact the Confucius Institute for further information.



Strongly underpinned by both institutions' research in the areas of economics and finance, and drawing on the academic expertise of QMUL and SUFE, the QMUL Confucius Institute offers bespoke language, customs and doing business in China courses for professionals and executives in the business community preparing for a stay in China. Our experienced staff can visit your premises to deliver training, or arrangements can be made for individuals or small groups to visit the QMUL campus.

Please contact Professor Zou Ping or Kathryn Richardson for further information.

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