Guidelines for Chinese Course Selection



The Chinese Communication Common Core course, which provides three credits, is an integral part of the HKUST Common Core Program. Students are required to complete one of the Chinese Communication Common Core courses to meet the requirements for graduation. As students have extremely diverse Chinese learning backgrounds and huge differences in Chinese proficiency, the Center for Language Education (CLE) has built two categories of Chinese Communication Common Core courses for students with Chinese background (C1) as well as non-Chinese background (C2).

To increase ownership of their university studies and develop self-management ability, the CLE provides guidelines for Chinese Course Selection to facilitate students to select a suitable Chinese Communication Common Core course.

In the course selection process, please note:

  1. Students are expected to self-assess their language standard in an honest manner, and exercise high integrity in the course selection process.
  2. Class instructors may require students to drop the course that do not suit their level. Those who refuse to do so may be given an ‘F’ grade at the end of the course.
  3. Based on class instructors’ advice, students may join other courses during the add/drop period or in future semesters.


According to your Chinese language background, please select an appropriate Chinese course group below for the corresponding guidelines.

C1 課程組別: 面向中文為母語的學生   
C2 course group: for non-Chinese background students   


1. Do I have to attend a placement interview for a recommendation of Chinese course?
No. A new approach has been introduced since the spring of 2021 for students to select a Chinese course by themselves according to guidelines provided by the CLE. Please click here for details.
2. I was recommended a Chinese course through a placement interview in previous semesters. Can I still refer to the result to apply for a Chinese course?
Yes. You can use the result as a reference for the Chinese course selection. But it is necessary for you to do a self-evaluation via the new approach if your Chinese level has changed significantly since you took the placement interview.
3. How can I know the Chinese course I select is most suitable for me? Can I seek advice from course leaders or class instructors?
Please refer to the guidelines for Chinese Course Selection and we have illustrated the consultation arrangements during the process of course selection.
4. What should I do if I have already met the pre-requisite?
Please add the course you plan to take on the Student Information System (SIS) directly.
5. Why can I not register for the LANG1113I directly on the SIS?
The course is offered for the students with special language learning needs. The target students’ Chinese proficiency is normally lower than Chinese background students but obviously higher than non-Chinese background students. If you would like to register for the course, a consent from the class instructor is needed. Please make a request for the course on SIS first and take classes as scheduled. The class instructor will assess if the course is suitable for you and consider if the consent should be given.
6. If I find the course I have enrolled in unsuitable for me after I have attended class, can I still make a switch to another class?
Yes, you can. But first of all, please talk to your class instructor. Make sure you complete the necessary procedures before the end of the add/drop period.
7. What if I fail to enroll into a course because of over-subscription?
You will have to register for the course in future semesters.
8. Can I take more than one “Chinese for non-Chinese background students” course?
Yes, you can take more than one Chinese language course as free electives.
9. I am a student on a Taught Postgraduate (TPG) program. Am I eligible for taking credit-bearing Chinese courses?
TPG students are not eligible for taking Chinese language courses as TPG programs are self-financed programs (i.e. ones not funded by the UGC).
10. I am an MBA student. Can I take Chinese courses?
We offer special Chinese courses to MBA students. Please contact the MBA office for information.
11. Can I drop a LANG course after the Add/Drop period?
Requests to add a course or to withdraw from a course after the add/drop period will not be accepted, except under extenuating circumstances, and require the approval of the relevant Dean, the designated person by the Dean or the Director of IPO.
12. Can I apply for credit transfer if I can provide supporting documents e.g. transcripts from other tertiary institutions?
Yes, it is possible. The application should be made through ARO directly. For details, please click here. We also have a mechanism for Chinese Credit Transfer. Please click here to know more about it.

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