Registration & Class Structure

There are many types of classes available at the Confucius Institute, including language and Tai Chi.

The classes that are available are as follows:

  • Mandarin Chinese Levels 1 – 6
  • Business Mandarin 1 – 4
  • Chinese Culture classes (Tai Chi, calligraphy, tea appreciation etc.)
  • HSK Chinese Language Proficiency Test preparation classes

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Registration Process

To register for a course, please see the following steps:

  1. Complete the online registration form, available only during the established registration period. Online registration form
  2. Make payment via credit card or via bank deposit (check the fees for each course before paying. If you are unsure about your student status, contact the Confucius Institute via email).
  3. Send copy of your receipt to the Confucius Institute via email (
  4. Await confirmation email from the Confucius Institute.

Note:Persons are considered to be fully registered only after completion of the online form and payment of relevant tuition fees.

Payment methods (available for Academic Year 2020/2021)

Option #1 (ALL students - local, regional and international - Not available for Semester 2, 2020-2021)
1. Pay fee via credit card payments. All credit card payments are subject to a 3% convenience fee. Click to make online payments here
2. Students who pay via this method must send a screenshot of the receipt via email ( The email should also contain the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Course 
  • Attached image of the receipt (all images must be clear)


Option #2 (Local students ONLY)
1. Pay fee via bank deposit (direct deposit or online banking) 
2. Students who pay via this method must send a screenshot of the receipt via email ( The email should also contain the following information:

  • Name of student
  • Course
  • Attached image of the receipt (all images must be clear)

Banking Information:
Bank Name: Republic Bank Limited
Bank Address: UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Account#: 160 284 614 001
Account Name: The University of West Indies
Reason for payment (it is compulsory to include this): Confucius Institute + Name of the course
Failure to send the receipt (proof of payment) on time could result in delays in your registration for the class. 

Class Structure

Classes will be delivered online for the Academic Year 2020/2021.

Class Duration

The duration of our courses vary depending on the type of course.Please note this list does not reflect the current class offerings. Consult the timetable for the classes that are currently being offered.

Course Hours per Week Duration Total Contact Hours
Mandarin Chinese 4 13 weeks 52
Business Mandarin 2-4 13 weeks 26-52
Chinese Calligraphy 2 10 weeks 20
Tai Chi 1.5 10 weeks 15
HSK Prep 4 3-8 weeks 12-32 hours
Chinese Corner 1.5-2 per session 1.5-2 hours
Chinese Conversation 4 13 weeks 52
Chinese Heritage Class 2 13 weeks
8 weeks (Sem III)
Martial Arts
(Meihua Zhuang style)
2 10 weeks 20
The Art and Culture of Chinese Tea 2 6 weeks 12

Tuition Fees

Please refer to the table below for a breakdown of our tuition fees:

Course Fee*
Mandarin Chinese
TT $1,000 (new students)
TT $800 (returning CI students, UWI students and UWI staff)
Business Chinese
1) 26 hours (2 hrs/wk)
2) 52 hours (4 hrs/4k)
1) TT$500
2) (Same as Mandarin Chinese courses)
The Art and Culture of Chinese Tea
TT $500
Tai Chi / Tai Chi Sword
Martial Arts
TT $600
TT $100 (UWI students - discounted fee is non-refundable)
Chinese Conversation TT $500
HSK Test Preparation Cost Varies
Chinese Culture Corner TT $20 - $50
Chinese Heritage Class TT $500
TT $300 (for the 8-week Semester III course)

* All fees are inclusive of textbooks (where applicable) and other learning materials.


Academic certificates are issued only for language-based courses (inclusive of cumulative hours earned in Business Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese and Intensive Mandarin). The certificates are issued according to the number of contact hours accumulated at the Confucius Institute:

Level Hours of Study
Level 1 100 hours of study (cumulative)
Level 2 200 hours of study (cumulative)
Level 3 300 hours of study (cumulative)
Level 4 400 hours of study (cumulative)
Level 5 500 hours of study (cumulative)
Level 6 600 hours of study (cumulative)

Please note that eligibility for an academic certificate is subject to completion of the final course assessment.

Only participants with at least a 75% attendance of the sessions will be entitled to receive these certificates.

Certificates are not issued for completion of the Tai Chi, Chinese Calligraphy or HSK Prep classes.All certificates will be delivered digitally until further notice.

Official Records

Students may request official records for Chinese language and culture courses (with the exception of HSK Prep courses). Official records are generally available five (5) working days after they have been requested. Requests must be submitted to and include the following information:

  • Full name of student,
  • Telephone contact,
  • Semester and academic year of enrolment
  • Relevant course name(s).

Cancellation of Classes

The Confucius Institute at the UWI St. Augustine reserves the right to cancel any class if it does not meet the minimum quota of 10 students. The Confucius Institute may also cancel a class due to an unforeseen circumstance that would directly affect the running of the class, e.g. a public holiday or a major cultural event hosted by the Institute. In this event, a make-up class will be arranged between students and the teacher.


A student can apply for a refund if he/she cannot continue attending classes. To apply for the refund, the student must bring the original receipt into the Confucius Institute and provide the staff with a mailing address. No refund can be issued without an original receipt. The refund cheque will be issued within 3-4 weeks from submission of the receipt. Refund cheques can be collected at the Cashier, Bursary, Old Administration Building, the UWI St. Augustine campus. The refund should be requested within the first three weeks of the commencement of classes. All refund applications made outside this period are subject to a processing fee of TT$50.

Use of Reading Room

A Confucius Institute student is allowed to use the learning resources in the Confucius Institute Reading Room from Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. All students using the reading room must sign the register form upon arrival. A student may borrow books and materials at the discretion of the Confucius Institute.
**NB** The Confucius Institute's Reading Room is closed to the public until further notice.