Language Top Up

We are all aware that learning Chinese well requires a considerable initial investment of time and energy. Maintaining and improving language skills after graduation is clearly crucial and ChineseSpeakers is keen to help. Our suggestions:


Top-up language courses

An increasing number of Confucius Institutes are being established throughout the UK. Some of these offer advanced and/or profession-specific language courses, in the evening or weekends, to ensure you never forget your 汉字. At the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds bespoke courses, tailored to a small group’s specific needs, can also be arranged. Contact the Chinese Speakers if you would like us to lobby for our university partners to offer any alternatives, eg a residential weekend language course etc. etc.


HSK (汉语水平考试)

Once you have already reached a high level in Chinese exams can help to push you to work towards new goals. The HSK is an international standardised exam recognised by Universities and employers worldwide. Obtaining a HSK certificate, especially if you pass the highest level (HSK 6), sets you apart and is bound to impress!

The HSK exam assesses your reading, writing, and listening, while the HSKK exam is a computerised test that assesses your speaking.

The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds offers the HSK exam three times a year in March, June and November. The HSKK (spoken exam) is also available in March.

For more details including past papers and registration instructions visit the Business Confucius Institute website:

Confucius Institutes exist the world over, with the UK home to several - for more information on the HSK, visit the official website here.


TOCFL - Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language(華語文能力測驗)

Another test to focus the mind is the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language, officially recognised in Taiwan and implemented throughout the world. Highly recommended if you intend to continue study or to work on this beautiful isle. This test is definitely a must if you plan on applying for the Huayu Enrichment Programme (more info below)! Check the Steering Committee’s website to find a test centre near you!


Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (華語文獎學金)

Many graduates of Chinese want to get straight over to the Chinese side of the world – for those who are not quite ready to move on to the world of work, or indeed for those who could do with a little break from it, check out Taiwan’s Huayu Enrichment programme, offered here through the British Association for Chinese Studies:

But also available the world over, see here for more information on what it entails, and how to apply: RoC (Taiwan) Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship (HES) International Student Directions


SOAS Short Courses

The School of Oriental and African Studies offers several short courses in Mandarin and Cantonese. Check them out here:



We are grateful to the following organisations for their support
BACS University of Leeds BCI
British Council