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:

Now Open

The Resurrection of Juliet- 朱丽叶还魂记
- A Fusion Play of Shakespeare and Tang

JulietAn Evening Performance by Shanghai Theatre Academy
7pm - 8 pm, Tuesday 29th November 2016

Venue: Drama Studio, Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD
£5 and £3 concession for University Staff and Students, available at Students' Union Box Office, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Romeo and Juliet were dead in Italy, but their souls have wandered to China...

'Love is not at its fullest if one who lives is unwilling to die for it, or if it cannot restore to life one who has died.' - Quote from Tang Xianzu.

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. 5,000 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the great Ming Dynasty playwright Tang Xianzu also died in 1616. The Performance is just one of a host of celebrations being held to honour Shakespeare and his Chinese contemporary Tang Xianzu - the greatest playwrights of their respective theatres.

Courtesy tickets, free of charge to university staff and students, and their families, are available at the Confucius Institute office, located at 5-7 Shearwood Road, S10 2TD. Please you could collect tickets during 9am-7pm, Monday to Friday.  Click to download the flyer.

Beijing Opera Workshop

OperaConducted by Yu Xiang and Xu Jiali from Shanghai Theatre Academy
6:30pm- 7:30pm, Monday 28th November 2016
Workroom 2, the Diamond, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RD
Admission free and no need to book in advance.

Beijing Opera is a popular Chinese form of drama and musical theatre which blends singing, reading, dancing, acting and fighting together to narrate stories and depict characters.
Sheffield Confucius Institute invites professional actors from Shanghai Theatre Academy to introduce to you the complexity and subtleties of this famous Chinese art form. After being given a brief introduction to its history, background, styles and role types for 15 minutes, you will have a unique opportunity of learning some of its interesting movements and gestures for 45 minutes. You will be better prepared to appreciate Beijing Opera after this informative workshop.

1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival: Theater Competition

play1:30 - 4:30pm, Tuesday 29th November 2016
Drama Studio, Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD
Admission free and open to the invited supporters and friends.

Dr Lucy Zhao, Director of the University of Sheffield's Confucius Institute, said: “Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu are playwrights of the same era. The two literary giants encapsulate their respective society and culture in their plays. We look forward to watching how today's students interpret and reproduce Renaissance England the Ming Dynasty China. It is going to be fascinating to see how the two cultures differ, but more importantly to see how the Chinese and British people share the same emotions and aspirations in life more than 400 years ago and 5000 miles apart.”

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;

Artwork submitted by school will be on display;

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

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

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

Open Call, 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival: Theater Competition

drama playThe Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield and London Confucius Institute SOAS cordially invite you to participate in the theatre competition of the 1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu Festival, which is scheduled to take place at the end of November 2016 in London.
We welcome entries in the following two categories:
Category A. If you prefer to perform in English, the play needs to be a Chinese play or China themed (e.g. The Peony Pavilion by Tang Xianzu).
Category B. Any play performed in Mandarin Chinese (e.g. any of Shakespeare’s plays).
The competition will be pre-selected based on a proposal of 1000 words maximum. Please Note: Views expressed are those of the playwrights and directors. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the organisers. The detailed format of the proposal can be downloaded here.
Size of the company: 5 members maximum. For Category B only, the majority of the company must be students whose native language is not Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese.
Length of the play: 30-45 minutes
a. Winners of the pre-selection will be able to claim up to £500 for the production of the play after the competition. Transport cost will also be covered to a maximum of £40 per person.
b. Final winners will receive funding to perform in one of the three cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai or Nanjing.
Please contact:
Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield for enquires
Email:;  Tel: 0114 2228447;   Address: 5 Shearwood Road, Sheffield S10 2TD


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, 6-8pm 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)

OFFER: “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.

Current courses have already started from Monday 26th September 2016.

Click for Timetable Autumn Semester 2016.

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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