Course guidelines for second semester 2021

The UJCI has released its course guidelines for the online teaching of Mandarin for the second semester of 2021 from 2-3 August to 10-11 November. The courses will comprise accredited online courses in Basic Mandarin and Intermediate Mandarin open to UJ students only, and online HSK Chinese language proficiency courses open to all, including UJ students and staff. The guidelines contain more detailed information about the courses, the timetables, as well as application and registration procedures.


  • The application period for accredited courses (Basic Mandarin and Intermediate Mandarin) will start on 19 July and close on 31 July.
  • The application period for HSK Mandarin courses has opened and will also close on 31 July.

Accredited online Mandarin courses

The basic Mandarin course is designed to introduce students with little or no knowledge of Chinese language to the fundamentals of Mandarin. Basic Mandarin will be taught online in two sessions a week over a 15-week period from 2 August to 10 November.

The Intermediate Mandarin course is designed for students who have completed Basic Mandarin or have some prior knowledge of Chinese language and culture, and focuses on grammar, Chinese characters, and oral discourse about situations in daily life. Intermediate Mandarin will be taught in two sessions a week over a 15-week period from 3 August to 11 November.

The University of Johannesburg has approved the UJCI’s Basic Mandarin and Intermediate Mandarin courses as accredited courses. As a result, the UJCI will set examinations for both courses.

Online HSK Mandarin courses

The UJCI will also offer online courses aimed at preparing students for HSK, the official international tests of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. HSK 1-6 courses will be offered, preparing students for six HSK test levels. The UJCI will only provide training and not the tests themselves, which are set by Chinese Testing International. Information about the tests for 2021 will be released soon.

Registration and course fees

All online teaching will be free of charge, and due to COVID-19 no registration fees will be payable.

Complete guidelines

To download the complete course guidelines, plus the registration procedures and timetables, click here.