Confucius Institute Open Day 2018

Confucius Day 2018On Wednesday 10th October the Confucius Institute is holding an open day in the Hartley Suite at Highfield Campus. The event will run from 5pm-7pm and with include Chinese music, cultural workshops and refreshments. There will be a jumble sale at SUSU selling Chinese-style accessories. This event is free – just turn up on the day!

There is more information on the downloadable event poster.

Try a language taster at our Lifelong Learning Taster Day

Lifelong Learning

Thinking of starting a new language, or progressing your language skills in the new academic year? If so, why not join us for our Lifelong Learning Taster Day on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Avenue Campus? You can participate in a short taster course in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Polish or Chinese, and meet some of our tutors.

The event is free of change. You can register for sessions online, and bookings for the taster day will close at 6pm on Monday 11th September. Please email with any queries.

Chinese New Year Celebration Event

China Day

The Confucius Institute at the University of Southampton and the Chinese Association of Southampton are jointly hosting a Chinese New Year Celebration Event 2017, taking place at WestQuay Shopping Centre on Sunday 29th January 2017 from 2:00-5:00pm. Activities will include a lion and dragon dance, a Kung Fu display, Chinese opera, cultural workshops and a Chinese children books exhibition.

For further information about this event, please visit the Confucius Institute website.

Modern Languages to welcome Year 12 students for Study Day

Modern Languages

Modern Languages will welcome 40 Year 12 students from 6 schools across the south east to Avenue Campus next Wednesday 18th January for a Year 12 Study Day. This will be the first of two events in the year for Year 12 students to think about studying languages at university. There will be sessions on cultural topics, grammar and speaking in French, German or Spanish, plus the chance to do an ab initio session in another language (such as Chinese or Portuguese). There will also be a student panel session, where students will have the opportunity to ask our own students about studying languages at university, and find out first-hand about the year abroad and other aspects of student life.

Visiting students may be interested to check out our resource Get Ready for Languages, which aims to guide you to useful information about your life as a Modern Languages student at Southampton. You can read about staff in the Modern Languages department, discover what sorts of things Modern Languages students, past and present, are getting up to, and explore some of the modules you might decide to do. All this and more! To keep updated on Modern Languages events and languages-related news, you can also follow us on the Languages at Southampton blog, and on Twitter @ModernLangs.

We welcome all students to Avenue Campus and hope you enjoy your time with us!

University of Southampton Confucius Institute Day 2016

Confucius Institute event posterThe University of Southampton Confucius Institute is hosting a mid-Autumn festival and Confucius Institute Day on Wednesday 19th October 2016 from 4:30-6pm in the Terrace Restaurant, Highfield Campus. The theme of this free event, sponsored by Chinese Hanban is “Blooming Flowers and a Full Moon”, and aims to engage Southampton locals with an interest in Chinese culture and language. Participants can enjoy music and dance, cultural experience corners, quizzes and refreshments.

For further information, please contact

Modern Languages offers Lifelong Learning intensive summer courses

Modern Languages

Lifelong Learning at the University of Southampton has announced that it will be offering a 15-hour intensive language programme this summer, which will take place over five evenings between Monday 27th June and Wednesday 15th July, between 18:00 and 21:00.

The course is aimed at those with no prior knowledge of the language, and will focus on skills required in a range of everyday situations. The course will also provide useful cultural information for tourists and business travellers, and is well suited to those who will be visiting the country, or who wish to try learning a language before registering for a longer course. This year, the languages on offer are: Russian, German, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and French.

For further details about the courses, visit the Lifelong Learning website, and to book your place, visit the Online Store.

University hosts successful China Day as part of Culture Festival week

China Day

China Day, hosted jointly by the Faculty of Humanities, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, with support from SUSU, took place on 27th April 2016 in the SUSU Concourse, and was a great success! Activities included a traditional music performance, paper cutting, calligraphy, Kung-fu and a photo exhibition. Some of the highlights of the event can be seen on this short video.

The day was organised as part of the SUSU Culture Festival from 25th-19th April 2016, a celebration of the different nationalities and cultures we have at the University of Southampton. The week featured a huge variety of events organised by different student societies and supported by volunteers. For further details on SUSU Culture Festival, visit the SUSU website.

Celebrate Chinese culture at China Day

China Day ProgrammeThe Faculty of Humanities and the Confucius Institute are jointly hosting China Day, taking place on 27th April 2016 from 4-6pm in the SUSU Concourse, Highfield Campus. Activities include a traditional music performance, paper cutting, calligraphy, Kung-fu and a photo exhibition. Anyone with an interest in Chinese culture is welcome!

China Day is part of Southampton University Student Union (SUSU) Culture Festival week, from 25th-29th April, a celebration of the wide range of nationalities and cultures at the University of Southampton.

For further details about the SUSU Culture Festival, visit the SUSU website.

Modern Languages students organise Lantern Festival Gala

Modern Languages graduate students, with support from Confucius Institute, have organised a Lantern Festival Gala, taking place on Friday 19th February from 5:00-6:30pm at Avenue Campus, Building 65, Room 1173.

Core Chinese teacher, Ying Fu, will lead a workshop session on lantern DIY and paper cutting (with the Monkey featuring as a theme this year) and Modern Languages PhD student, Yuling Lu, will lead a Chinese calligraphy practising session, amongst many other performances and activities. The event is also an opportunity for MA international students and learners of Chinese in Modern Languages to practice their Chinese and English language skills together. All welcome! See the below event poster for further details.

2016 Lantern Festival Gala