The Confucius Institute at UWA helps bring Chinese language and culture to Western Australian students through hands-on partnerships with schools across the state.

Whether your school is looking for Chinese cultural workshops, or year-long teaching support, we are the people to ask. Our services to schools do not stop at the classroom.  We organise study tours to China for students and principals, language proficiency testing, the Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) competition and school excursions and incursions tailored to your needs.

Please contact us if you would like more information on any of the services below.

Classroom Teaching Support

More than 30 Western Australian schools participate in our Chinese language support program.  There are two WA private schools taking part in a separate initiative called the Confucius Classroom program - no public schools in WA participate in the Confucius Classroom program.

In each school, a volunteer native speaker from the Confucius Institute assists the school’s own Chinese teachers to deliver their Chinese language program. Most volunteers work with just one or two schools and usually stay for periods of up to one year.

Partner schools will be required to sign Agreements with the University outlining the roles and obligations of all parties. 

To apply for Chinese language program support, schools are asked to complete an online application form.

The Confucius Institute at UWA is currently exploring ways to bring our services to remote schools through online delivery.  We are keen to hear from schools who may wish to participate in this exciting initiative.

The following programs further complement school-based language learning:

School Excursions / Incursions

For schools seeking to provide their students with a taste of Chinese culture we offer workshops in a variety of child-focussed activities such as calligraphy, paper cutting and other traditional Chinese crafts.

As part of the 2021 school cultural program, we are pleased to introduce Ms Chen Xueyan, our Guzheng teacher/performer.  Ms Chen can deliver both a Guzheng performance (10 to 15 minutes) and a Guzheng workshop which includes a talk and a demonstration of this Chinese traditional instrument.

All these activities can be delivered through an excursion to our Claremont campus, or we can come to you. Please apply online for next year.

Mandarin Speaking Short Film Competition

Closing Date: Monday 18 October 2021

The Confucius Institute at UWA’s Mandarin Speaking Short Film Competition is open to young Western Australians aged under 18 who are learning Chinese as a second language.

In 2021, entrants are invited to submit a short film on the theme:

“Chinese culture through the lens”  镜头下的中国文化

Competition information and details are here:

Check out some of the best films from previous years here.

Study Tours to China

China Experience for WA Secondary Students

The annual China Experience is a 10-day study tour designed to give Chinese language students aged 14-17 a first-hand taste of China.

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WA School Leaders Study Tour

The WA School Leaders Study Tour is a professional development opportunity for WA school principals and leaders of language programs.

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Chinese Bridge Competition

The Chinese Bridge (Hanyu Qiao) Chinese Proficiency Competition, usually held in May and June, encourages secondary and university students to improve their Chinese by taking part in an annual worldwide Chinese speaking and performance competition.

Language Testing

The Chinese Youth Test (YCT), usually held in August and November, encourages primary and secondary students to improve their Chinese language skills by taking part in an internationally recognized language proficiency test.

At UWACI, we encourage your school to join our State-wide program and connect with us!