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UPDATED! Online summer courses offered by Capital Normal University

Please note that the announcement below has been revised from the original posting last week to reflect a change in program dates and application deadline, specific class meeting times, and a reduction in the cost of the program.

The University at Buffalo’s Confucius Institute partner in Beijing, Capital Normal University (CNU), is offering intensive online courses in August 2020 for non-heritage speakers and Chinese language teachers. Courses will be in session approximately 10 hours per week, at a cost of 2,550 RMB, or about US$365.

Read the announcement from CNU below or visit for more information about course content, registration and fees.

I. Brief Introduction to Capital Normal University
Capital Normal University (CNU) is one of the first 23 universities qualified for Chinese language teaching for international students in China, dating back to 1965. The university enrolls approximately 2,500 international students for long-term and short-term programs every year.

To date, CNU has set up 5 Confucius Institutes, 2 independent Confucius Classrooms and 1 Coordination Office for Confucius Classrooms, namely: Confucius Institute at Saint-Petersburg State University in Russia, Confucius Institute at the University of Venice in Italy, Confucius Institute at the University of Piura in Peru, Confucius Institute at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the United States, Confucius Institute of Bremen in Germany, Independent Confucius Classroom at Hungarian-Chinese Bilingual School in Hungary, Independent Confucius Classroom at Luxor University in Egypt, and Coordination Office for Confucius Classrooms in Minnesota in the United States.
II. Program Introduction
In order to better meet the needs of overseas Chinese language learners, CNU integrates high-quality teaching resources via online platform and offers the following short-term programs:
1. Intensive Training Program
(1) Prospective students:
The program is mainly for international students whose mother tongues are not Chinese and hope to improve Chinese in a short time.
Age: 15 – 60, in good health.
(2) Time for Application / Study:
Application deadline: July 31, 2020
Study period: August 3-28, 2020
Class meeting time: 20:00-21:30 (Beijing time) / 8:00-9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
Note: Specific curriculum will be announced after admission.
(3) Teaching Objectives:
After 4 weeks of training, learner’s Chinese level will be improved significantly.
Beginner Class: master basic daily conversational abilities
Elementary Class: pass HSK 3
Advanced Class: pass HSK 4
(4) Curriculum Arrangement
Students will be assigned into different classes according to placement tests.
(5) Teaching Arrangement
5 classes, 10 hours per week, 40 hours total, 2 credits
2. Chinese Teacher Training Program
(1) Prospective Students:
Overseas Chinese teachers who have teaching experience or native speakers who have certain foundation of Chinese language and literature and intend to work on Chinese teaching.
Age: 18 – 60 years, in good health
(2) Time for Application / Study
Application deadline: July 31
Study period: August 5-25
Class meeting time: 20:00-21:30 (Beijing time) / 8:00-9:30 AM (Eastern Time)
(3) Teaching Objectives
After short-term systematic training and teaching discussion, learners will refresh teaching theories, improve teaching skills, perfect knowledge structures and enhance culture transmission ability.
(4) Curriculum Arrangement
This program use “Module Training” to formulate teaching plans according to the features and needs of learners. Those modules include Chinese Culture, Language Elements, Course Teaching, Teaching Theories and Methods, Subjects Teaching.
(5) Teaching Arrangement
5 classes, 10 hours per week, 30 hours total, 2 credits
III. Teaching Form
Online platforms: ZOOM, Tencent Meeting, Confucius Institute Online, etc.
IV. Tuition
Enrollment Fee: RMB 450
Tuition: RMB 2100
At least 10 students are required to open the class.
V. Application Procedure
1. Log in the registration system for international students of CNU: . Fill in personal information and upload application materials.
2. Finish the language test for placement test, join in the Wechat group and take part in the live audition lesson.
3. Pay the registration fee online. Tuition can be paid through bank transfer. Please upload payment voucher in time.
4. After receiving the verifying information of successful payment, learners can start the course.
VI. Preparation for Class
Please download Wechat APP and register an account. Make sure the email or other contact ways are available.
VII. Certificate
CNU will issue Certificate of Completion and transcript (both are scanning versions) to the students attending the programs. Students with excellent performance can be admitted first and receive scholarship if they apply for diploma courses of Capital Normal University.
VIII. Contact Us
Office of International Students Affairs
R. 112 & 113, South building, International Culture Plaza, NO. 83 Xi San Huan Bei Lu, Haidian District, Beijing, China
Zip Code: 


Phone No.: 
+86-10-68902656 (Japanese/English/Chinese);
+86-10-68902651 (English/Chinese)
+86-10-68902025 (Korean/Chinese);  
+86-10-68901738 (English/Chinese).