Chinese Extracurricular Classes

Please Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our extracurricular classes for the upcoming Summer Term (April-June) will be offered as online classes, so that teaching may continue. Please refer to our website for updates, and if you have any queries, please feel free to contact us by email.



The Confucius Institute offers a number of extracurricular classes, open to all. Learn to speak, read & write in Chinese, exercise your body with Tai Chi & Wu Shu, or practice your skill at Chinese Painting & Calligraphy.

Enrolment for our courses now open via the LU Online Store.

If you cannot find a class that you can attend, or if you would like to see us offer something different, please visit us in The Roundhouse or contact us for a discussion. We are here to help!

Language Courses

We hold termly courses teaching Mandarin Chinese, with classes for numerous levels of ability. Anyone and everyone is welcome to learn, and classes are available to attend and repeat at your leisure.

Tai Chi & Wushu Courses

*Tai Chi and Wushu classes may not be available during the 2019/20 Academic Year, as currently we have not been able to secure an instructor. We are looking for suitable candidates for both our on-campus and off-campus classes. Anyone who would like to be considered as an instructor is welcome to contact us.

The numbers in our classes teaching forms of Chinese Kung Fu have been steadily growing over the past few years, and we hope to continue offering these ever-more popular sessions. As with our language classes, we have courses scheduled regularly each term with different levels for both beginners & more advanced learners, and all are welcome to attend.

In addition, we have been delighted to hold 2 weekly drop-in Tai Chi classes in Lancaster city centre. These classes are been intended especially for members of the public who would like to learn Tai Chi, but cannot necessarily attend classes regularly at Lancaster University.

Calligraphy and Painting Courses

Chinese calligraphy is an art form all of its own, and recent displays of Chinese artwork in events organised by the Confucius Institute have been met with great success. We are eager to see the response for this course, and of course, anyone interested should please visit us in The Roundhouse, or contact us via email to learn more.

Note: While we expect to always be able to provide Chinese Language courses, thanks to the tireless work of our teaching staff, classes such as Chinese Painting and Calligraphy may not always be available. Please visit us in The Roundhouse if you would like to talk with us, to find out more about any of our classes, or to suggest potential courses you might like to see us provide.