Chinese Language and Culture HSK1 -> HSK2

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The Chinese language is the most widely spoken language in the world. Learning Chinese can open a new door for you to explore the culture and society of this rapidly developing country. Starting with basic knowledge of Chinese (HSK 1 or more than 100 study hours), you will be able to conduct daily conversations and learn 150 new words at the end of this four-week intensive course. In addition, you will earn 7.5 ETCS after successful completion of this course and be qualified to take the official Chinese proficiency test, HSK 2.

Why would you learn Chinese?

China is a rapidly developing country with a growing global influence. The Chinese language is the most widely spoken language in the world (1.1 billion speakers), while being one of the oldest languages still in use. Besides, the Chinese culture, history, politics, economy and society are drawing more and more interest worldwide and are also becoming popular research topics among academics.

What is the HSK test?

The Chinese Proficiency Test, HSK, which stands for Hànyǔ (Chinese) Shuǐpíng (level) Kǎoshì (test), is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. 

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What will you be able to do with HSK level II?

  • Learners who reach HSK level II will have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters;
  • You can continue your study of Chinese (or China Studies) at University College Utrecht in the following academic year and join the Chinese Language and Culture III course;
  • The test result is recognized worldwide by universities, institutions and companies.

Which language aspects will we cover in the course?

  • Listening, speaking (Mandarin), reading and writing characters (including typing), although the official HSK only tests listening and reading;
  • Knowledge about Chinese culture and society behind the language.

What will you learn from the course?

  • More than 150 commonly used words;
  • Around 50 key grammar points;
  • Daily conversation topics including traveling, hobbies, climate, directions, colors, eating, shopping, transportation, et cetera;
  • Knowledge about Chinese culture and society.


3 July - 21 July

We will have online classes every day except on Wednesdays (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri) at 08:00-10:00 a.m.

In total: 12 meetings including the final exam.

Contact hours: 24.

Self-study hours: >40 (>80 for ECTS receivers with watching series of documentaries about China and writing an essay about Chinese culture/society).


*Please purchase the books yourself before the course starts.

HSK Standard Course 2 - Textbook

Author: Jiang Liping | Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press, China | ISBN 9787561937266

HSK Standard Course 2 - Workbook

Author: Jiang Liping | Publisher: Beijing Language & Culture University Press, China | ISBN 9787561937808

Min. 5 participants

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Dr. Meiyi Bao


Dr. Meiyi Bao | Assistent Professor and Coordinator of China Studies | University College Utrecht


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23 June 2023