Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield (SCI)



Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield is an international collaboration between the University of Sheffield, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (OCLCI, commonly known as Hanban, Confucius Institute Headquarters), Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) and Nanjing University (NJU).

SCI Documentary: "Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the CI", filmed in 2014.

SCI Documentary: "China in your Eyes" 西方人眼中的中国,released in October 2016.

The University relationship with China 我们与中国的关系:

Chinese New Year Celebrations_ Year of the Rooster, 31 January 2017

CNYCelebrate the Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster) with variety shows, stalls, food and an evening of performance.

Tuesday 31 January at Sheffield City Hall
4pm - 6:45pm, City Hall Ballroom Pre-Show (free admission)
7pm - 8:45pm, Main Hall Performance (ticketed)

Co-organised the Pre-Show by the Confucius Institute and Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Ballroom doors open at 4pm. There will be a staged performance, School Painting Exhibition, cultural workshops, stalls and Chinese style food and refreshments.

Only the evening performance is ticketed. You can get tickets from the Confucius Institute Office (5-7 Shearwood Road) or the Students' Union Box office and Welcome Desk.

Students/Children under 12/Seniors: 5 GBP
Staff/general public: 7 GBP

This annual celebration is a unique cultural outreach event that brings people closer in the city and the local Chinese community, and is probably one of the biggest indoor events of its kind.

Please click to download the Flyer.

Now OpenChinese New Year Arts Competition for Schools
- Fantastic prizes presented by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield

CNY Arts 2017Artwork display and Prizing-giving Ceremony, at Sheffield City Hall, on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 4pm.
Closing Date for artwork submission: Monday 23rd January 2017

For the 7th Year running, schools are invited to submit pupils' artwork, A4-sized Rooster inspired by Chinese New Year, to celebrate the Year of Rooster 2017.

School organise the creation of the artwork, and selects 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners;

The submitted by school will be on display;

All winners will be awarded with prizes by the Confucius Institute;

The 1st prize winners (ONLY) will receive their prizes from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

Please click to download the Flyer and download the submission slip. Click to see previous years' Arts Competitions.

10 FREE Tickets

As a participating school, you are entitled to request 10 free tickets for the evening Main Show.

Chinese New Year Show 2017
7pm-8:45pm, Tuesday 31 January 2017, Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, Sheffield City Hall

Three formats of requests can be accepted:
口 A letter, hard copy, with is written with a school letterhead and signed by school Headteacher;
口 An email sent from a school account, Cc’d to Headteacher or attached a letter;
口 An email sent directly by Headteacher.
The request must confirm an appointed individual (with his/name) for the collection of tickets at our office.
Email: Office: Confucius Institute, 5 Shearwood Road, S10 2TD Tel: 01142228447 / 07846262870

Study in China_Confucius Institute Scholarship

The Scholarship can be applied for all year round. Individual applicant needs to register, log in and fill in online Application Form. For more information, e.g. Host Institutes in china, please visit: 孔子学院奖学金 

Mandarin Language Courses for Adults

- "Survival Chinese" 5-evening Intensive Course

Survival ChineseOpen twice a year (end of September and early February), Survival Chinese suits for absolute beginners and runs from Monday to Friday, 5 evenings, aiming at introducing Chinese language, focusing on listening and speaking skills, and covering practical vocabulary and expressions that are useful for everyday situations.

The next Survival Chinese is scheduled on Monday - Friday,  6th-10th February 2017, 5-7pm at the CI office, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

Fees: £60 standard and £50 for Students/people over 60.  Registration via the University Online Store (input "Survival" in the search box)

NOTE: “Survival Chinese” will be refunded if the same student continues to take 12-week Beginners Mandarin course. The Refund takes place after 3 weeks into the semester.

- 12-week "Chinese for Everyone" Mandarin language courses

SCI coursesThese courses follow the University semester dates, but are not-university-credited, therefore they are open to everyone.

University semester dates, weekday evenings, 7-9pm.

Courses can be followed up for several semesters.

The coming up round of courses will start from Monday 6th February 2017.

Click for Timetable Spring Semester 2017.

Registration is open via the University Online Store (input "Mandarin" in the search box).

- Private Tuition, meeting your demands

Specifically designed to meet personal learning objectives, Private Tuition, based on 1-1 or 1-2, is offered all year round. Prior to a private tuition, a meeting should be held to assess the learner's Mandarin level, discussing specific needs and aims, and making decisions on learning resources and regular sessions. This meeting can take up to one hour and is free of charge.

The fee rate is £25/h, paid in advance for every 10 hourly-block, i.e. £250. One could choose 1h/w, or two of 1h/w, or 2h/w. The tuition normally takes place at the CI office.

Registration is open via the University Online Store (input "Mandarin" in the search box)

- Chinese Brush Calligraphy Course

Currently we do not offer Calligraphy course.

- Wu-Style Tai Chi Course, Sunday 4-6pm

Following the University semester dates. The course has already started from Sunday 1st October 2016.     Registration is open via the University Online Store (input "Tai Chi" into the search box).

Sino-English Corner (SEC)


Held on Tuesday evenings 7-9pm, at Students Union (opposite Santander Bank on Level 3), during university semester time, SEC provides opportunities for those interested in learning either Chinese or English to practice their target language and learn more about the target culture.

In addition, SEC is a place where you can find a peer tandem learning partner.

Furthermore, SEC organises outdoor activities and cultural events for all its members. The membership is free.

Mandarin Language Courses for Children and Parents at Weekends


Mandarin language tuition for children is offered through the CI's affiliated Star Mandarin School, which is open to children aged 4-18, on Saturdays.

Two streams of teaching programmes are offered for English-speaking children (aged ~5  and aged >8) and for Chinese-heritage children.

Beginners' Courses start in September every year.  Children who have learned Mandarin Chinese before can enroll at any time.

All courses follow school calendar with 34 weeks a year.  Please contact: /07846262870





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