Chinese 1

The Chinese 1 course is a basic course. Participants who have completed the course are able to have a short conversation on an everyday topic, for instance where they come from or their family. In addition, they are able to understand headlines and simple texts.

Practical Information

Preparation: Approximately 2 hours per session
Language of instruction Chinese/English/Dutch
Course load: The course load is 56 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
Start courses: See Course programme on this page.

Course Fees

Course Programme and Enrolment

For information on the current programme and in order to enrol, please follow the link below. You can enroll until a week before the start of the course. Individuals can pay by Credit Card (Mastercard or VISA) or iDeal. 

                       current programme - lesson times - enrolment

If classes are canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added on to the end of the course. Please take into account courses may end later than scheduled.

Target Group and Admission Requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education diploma, including both students and staff members of Leiden University, as well as interested parties who have no connection to Leiden University.
The course is open to any person aged 17 or older with a completed secondary school education. There are no entry requirements with respect to knowledge of Chinese. A basic knowledge of English is required.

Course Material

Contemporary Chinese 1 (new edition 2014), lessons 1 to 3

  • Textbook (ISBN 9787513806176)
  • Characterbook (ISBN 9787513806190 of ISBN-10: 9787513806190)
  • Exercisebook (ISBN-10: 9787513806183 of ISBN-13: 9787513806183)

You are requested to arrange your own purchase of the course material. The books are available at most good bookstores.


The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.  For our courses, the A1 level is divided into level A1.1 and A1.2. In this course you will start working on the competences that belong to A1.

Skills Starting level     Target level
Listening 0 A1.1
Reading 0 A1.1
Speaking production     0 A1.1
Speaking interaction 0 A1.1
Writing  0 A1.1

Click on the skills for further clarification.

Course Description

The course Chinese for beginners is a basic course in language acquisition and requires no prior knowledge of the language. All basic skills are addressed in the course: speaking, listening, writing and reading. In addition, the course also focuses on vocabulary and grammar. Making use of practical situations, participants can practice both informal and professional language use. Furthermore, society and culture are also covered. Every lesson includes homework and preparation of approximately three hours in total.
The course is concluded with a written test. Once you pass the test, you will receive a certificate. A certificate is awarded if the test is completed successfully and the participant has attended 80% of the lessons.

Last Modified: 18-10-2016