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Extramural programme in Mandarin

The Extramural Programme in Mandarin Chinese language and culture has been running successfully for many years, and is a great way of learning some basic communication skills in Chinese as well as gaining cultural insight. Two proficiency levels of evening classes are available, for complete beginners and post-beginners. These courses are fee-paying ( €395 per course, payable in advance) and are designed for the general public. All classes take place in the Arts Building.

Covid-19 update: Whilst we hope that we will be able to offer our extramural courses in classrooms in Trinity from September, we plan to deliver our teaching online if social distancing measures remain in place.

"Having recently lived and worked in China, I was keen to further develop my knowledge of Mandarin and Chinese culture.  The extramural Chinese language course at Trinity has exceeded my expectations in this regard.  Instructor Shao has been especially helpful to me in building a strong foundation and confidence in my use of the language.  The lessons are also taught in a way where one gains not only language study, but also insight into the culture from which it comes.  I look forward to continuing on to the next level in the extramural program with further ambition to pursue a degree in Chinese Studies at Trinity." Julio Briones, Extramural Mandarin Course 2017/18


 Mandarin Chinese Extramural Courses 2021/22 academic year

Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture


This course teaches a basic ‘survival’ repertoire of spoken Chinese and introduces some central aspects of Chinese culture, including the writing system. As much use as possible is made of authentic materials.

Mondays 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. Starts Monday 13 September 2021


Thursdays 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. Starts Thursday 16 September 2021

24 week course (2 terms x 12 weeks)

Post-beginners Chinese Language and Culture

Continuing from the introduction to Chinese language and culture, this course is designed to extend learners' 'survival' repertoire of spoken Chinese and their knowledge of the Chinese writing system (there is regular practice in character composition and recognition). Key aspects of Chinese culture and society are also explored.

Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.30p.m. Starts Tuesday 14 September 2021

24 week course (2 terms x 12 weeks)

Please note that registered undergraduate and postgraduate TCD students should apply for the Broad Curriculum and extracurricular Mandarin Chinese modules rather than the extramural programme.

Reserve a place in the 2021/22 Mandarin Chinese Extramural Programme

STEP 1: Send us your contact details

Please complete download an application form in Word form here, to be emailed to

STEP 2: Pay the course fee

Please select the first option in the menu below to make an electronic payment (by credit card, debit card or PayPal).

Select your CLCS Evening Language Course

We invite you to note the following:

  • The course fee is strictly non-refundable once the course has commenced.
  • Payments by cheque or postal order, made payable to TCD No. 1 Account, are also accepted.
  • Reduced fee for unemployed persons and those in receipt of social welfare pension: supporting documentation to be provided at the time of payment.
  • Courses only take place if the number of enrolments is not viable. Course fees are refunded in this unlikely event.
  • Please note that you must be 18 years of age or older to enrol in this Extramural Programme.
  • For further details of  the Extramural Programme please consult the Extramural Courses page or the Trinity College Dublin Evening and Short Courses Booklet