The Chinese Communication Common Core course 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 language background as well as non-Chinese language background.

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. Meanwhile, based on students’ learning needs and proficiency level, class instructors may require students to drop a course that does not suit their level. Students who refuse to do so may be given an ‘F’ grade at the end of the 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. Based on class instructors advice, students may join other courses during the add/drop period or in future semesters.

  3. Students who seriously consider taking the course are highly recommended to participate in the course during the add/drop period to avoid missing important information relevant to the course requirements.



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

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


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 refer to the guidelines above.  

Can I seek advice from course leaders or class instructors?

Yes, you can. For details, please click here

What should I do if I have already met the enrolment requirements?

Please add the course you plan to take on the Student Information System (SIS) directly. 

Why can I not register for the LANG1416I 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. 

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. 

What if I fail to enroll into a course because of over-subscription?

You will have to register for the course in future semesters. 

Can I take more than one Chinese communication course?

Yes, you can take more than one Chinese communication course as free electives. 

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 Common Core Chinese Communication courses as TPG programs are self-financed programs (i.e. ones not funded by the UGC).

Can I drop courses 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 course instructor, student's major department and the Dean (or the Dean's designate). 

Can I apply for credit transfer for Chinese Communication courses?

New Chinese-in-context courses have been developed to challenge even Putonghua-background students.  No credit transfer will therefore be allowed for Chinese Communication.  

Enquiries on course registration can be sent to