Learn the basics of Mandarin Chinese
We offer a number of Chinese language courses in Cairns. Our courses will be held at the Cairns School of Distance Education and will run for a period of 10 weeks. A free Chinese proficiency test will be available to anyone who registers for a course.
Explore our courses
|Young Chinese||Starting date||Day and time||Venue||Cost|
|Term 1||22 January||Monday 4 – 5.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Term 2||16 April||Monday 4 – 5.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Term 3||16 July||Monday 4 – 5.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Basic Chinese 1||Starting date||Day and time||Venue||Cost|
|Term 1||23 January||Tuesday 5 – 6.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Term 2||17 April||Tuesday 5 – 6.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Term 3||17July||Tuesday 5 – 6.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Tourism Chinese 1||Starting Date||Day and Time||Venue||Cost|
|Term 1||24 January||Wednesday 5 – 6.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Term 2||18 April||Wednesday 5 – 6.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
|Term 3||18 July||Wednesday 5 – 6.30 pm||CSDE||$300.00|
Students please note:
- If there are fewer than three students enrolled in a class, then that class is subject to cancellation or merging with a similar class.
- Refund Policy: where a refund results from a situation caused by the Institute, eg cancelled class, a full refund of the fees will be given. No refunds will be issued once a course has commenced. It may take up to three months for you to receive your refund once a claim has been submitted.
- Textbooks and exercise books for will be provided to all course participants. Students need to bring a notebook and writing utensil or tablet/computer to take notes.
- Basic Chinese language students can purchase access to an online learning website.
- The TCI does not offer make-up lessons to students who miss a class. We suggest students learn the missed lessons by themselves, and the teacher will spend a certain amount of time in answering questions once a week.
- All current TCI students will receive complimentary tickets to a traditional Chinese New Year show by professional performers.
- If you are between the ages of 15–30 and have completed and/or have paid in advance for a total of three TCI courses, you will be eligible for a free two week China Study Tour (you pay only your international airfare and insurance).
- Students may register after the deadline if there is space available.
- Class times are somewhat flexible, and the exact times will be determined after the first class meeting by those present.
- The surcharge for private classes is $150.00. Please click here to pay the extra surcharge.