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Chinese Beginners Summer Course, Short Course

Chinese Beginners Summer Course, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 13 days
University rank #195 (WUR) ,
The Chinese Beginners Summer Course is offered by the Tilburg University. This beginners' course focuses on 10 topics from every day and school life. The attention is drawn to the topics in the field of social communication: greeting each other, family, jobs, food & drinks, expressing numbers, time, place words (at home and school), activities & hobbies, invitation of going out and weather, etc.


The Chinese Beginners Summer Course at Tilburg University course aims:
  • describe the characteristics of the Chinese language;
  • apply basic grammar rules and 200 words to construct simple sentences;
  • carry out 10 thematic dialogues;
  • recognize the meaning and Pinyin transcriptions of phrases and sentences based on the combination of the 120 Chinese characters;
  • write phrases and sentences based on the combination of 120 given Chinese characters (thus reproduction is not required);
  • differentiate the cultural differences between the Dutch and Chinese etiquette.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 13 days
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Course Specifics
  • An attendance of 80% is required.
  • This course consists of 10 daily lectures in two weeks. After each daily lecture, students need to spend 1.5 hours on the recording assignments and preparation for the test.
  • The final grade will be determined through 8 in-class tests (40%), 10 ReLANPro recording assignments (30%) and 1 speaking performance assessment (30%).The intended end level is A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) and Level 1 of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK).
  • The classroom language is mostly Chinese, but the explanation will be in English or Dutch.
  • ReLANpro software. This is a software package which we use to send you speaking exercises.
  • In case of low enrollment numbers, the Language Center remains the right to cancel a course.


Course leader Ms. Y. (Ya-Ping) Hsiao

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This course is for students who have NEVER learned Chinese. If you have any prior learning experiences of the Chinese language, please contact the teacher to make sure whether this course suits your level.
  • All (admitted) participants should register with the Tilburg University Summer School. Registration is possible as of mid-February. Registration at Tilburg University Summer School should be completed by 31 May 2016.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    68 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 68 EUR per credit and a duration of 13 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    68 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 68 EUR per credit and a duration of 13 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • € 390 for Tilburg University students (or 6 vouchers);
  • € 410 for Tilburg University staff & alumni;
  • € 450 for external participants

Living costs for Tilburg

  • 700 - 1100 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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