The Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington is dedicated to promoting Chinese language teaching and to fostering international cultural and intellectual exchange.

The renowned Mandarin Language Assistant scheme at the University’s Confucius Institute trains top graduates to deliver Chinese language classes to government leaders and New Zealand schools. Through our festivals, lectures and workshops we share insights into Chinese cultural knowledge with artists, students, writers, researchers and the public.

Mandarin Language Assistant

MLA’s support natural pronunciation and intonation in Mandarin language classes, giving insight into Chinese culture and assisting classroom teachers.

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China Crossing Composition Competition - Coming in 2021

NZSM students are invited to enter this new competition and compose a fully notated work for one or more Chinese instruments in the Asia Pacific Music Studio collection. $1500 first prize and a recording opportunity!

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Discover China! workshops

Discover China! workshops are free, themed cultural events for schools or community groups with performances, calligraphy, martial arts and Chinese cuisine.

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Chinese Language Proficiency tests

Confucius Institute Wellington offers oral and written Chinese Language tests for adult, university learners and school students throughout the year.

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These scholarships are open to New Zealand students who wish to study in China.

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