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SOAS Language Centre

Chinese Life and Culture

Aspects of life and culture today and in the past

Duration: One-year course of three twelve week terms.


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Mode of Attendance: Part Time

This course provides an overview of various aspects of Chinese life and culture today and in the past. The aim of the course is to give an insight into Chinese life through examining some important facets such as history, religion, literature, art, architecture, festivals, science and superstition, and of course Chinese food.

The course will also teach some basic everyday expressions which will enable you to greet people and get around in China. Above all the course is a good opportunity for all participants to share their experiences of and views on China. Class size is normally limited to fifteen to allow close involvement.


Not a total beginner? Then see our page on course assessments.




Handouts will be provided in relevant sessions, and a reading list will be given in class.


Classes will be held at the Russell Square or Kings Cross campus of SOAS in central London on on one evening a week or Saturday daytime. Participants receive 24 hours of tuition over each 12-week term. 
See our online store to book a place on this course.

Language Centre How To Apply


You can view our short course timetables here.

You can enrol:

Not a complete beginner?

If you are not a complete beginner, you will need to complete an assessment for course placement, allowing us to decide which course is right for you.

To apply for an assessment please complete our Needs Analysis Form (pdf; 187kb) and send to the relevant email inbox where a Course Officer will contact you for scheduling.

Course Fees and Discounted Rates

An overview of our Short Course Fees and Discounted Rates.

If you are eligible for a discount, you will not be able to complete your transaction on the Online Store. You will need to bring a paper Application Form (pdf; 35kb) , including your Staff/Student card for us to make a copy of, after which we can process your application at the discounted rate.

Returning students

If you are a returning student, you will have received a letter informing you of the procedures for rejoining prior to the start of the registration period. You can pay using any method indicated above. Returning students, if they are continuing onto the course indicated as the progression course, do not need to be assessed.