Undergraduate course

Chinese Introductory Course

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeKIN101
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageChinese and Norwegian/English
  • Resources

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Spring, even-numbered years

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

This course offers basic training in modern Mandarin. Mandarin is the main language in, among other places, mainland China and Taiwan, and is the gateway to one of the world's oldest civilizations. Mandarin has the most native speakers of any other language in the world. Students will develop practical writing and speaking skills in modern Mandarin. They will learn correct pronunciation with the help of the transcription system "Hanyu pinyin", a basic vocabulary, and a number of Chinese characters.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, students will have introductory knowledge of the layout and structure of Chinese characters. They will be able to read simple texts and have a basic conversation in Mandarin.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good skills in English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

100 % overlap with KIN621 and KIN623

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Instruction is organized as a series of lectures and group work. There will be 10 hours of teaching a week.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

This course has frequent at-home assignments. In order to be eligible to take the exam, students must turn in and have 75% of these assignments approved, and attend 75% of the classes.

The compulsory course assignments are valid for one semester after the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

A 15-20 minute oral exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a failing grade.

Assessment Semester

The exam is offered in the same semester as the course as well as in the following semester for those who have completed the compulsory course assignments.

Reading List

A textbook for new beginners, workbook, and multimedia tools.

Course Evaluation

The teaching will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.


Contact Information

Student advisor: studierettleiar@if.uib.no

Exam: eksamen@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination