Q: How often do you offer classes and when do they meet?
A: We offer classes in the Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (April) and in the Summer (June). Each semester runs for 10 weeks (the Summer semester is 6 weeks). Regular language classes meet once a week for two hours. We also offer fast track Intensive classes and lunch-hour conversation classes. Summer regular classes meet twice a week, and Summer Intensive meets daily during weekdays. The Studio classes meet once a week and range from an hour to 2.5 hours per session, depending on the course.
Q: How large are your classes?
A: We accept a maximum of 15 students per language class. For conversational and advanced level classes, we limit a class size to 8-10 students. The average class size is 5-9 students. Studio classes are usually smaller in size, and often range from 4 – 8 students.
Q: How do I find out the availability of a class?
A: To verify the availability of a class, please contact the Adult Language and Studio Programs at 212.744.8181 x150 or by email at [email protected] Please keep in mind that schedules are subject to change and cancellation.
Q: How do I register for class?
A: Registration may be made over the phone by calling 212.744.8181 x150. Our registration form, available HERE, may also be faxed or mailed to the School of Chinese Studies. Additionally, registration may be completed online via the China Institute website at http://www.chinainstitute.org/education/language-learning/adults. Full payment must be processed at the time of registration to secure your place in class. Reservations without payment will not be granted. Confirmations are only issued electronically. Registration for classes is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Q: May I sign up for classes after they have started?
A: If a class is not fully subscribed, late registration is permitted up to and including the third class. All classes are closed after the third session. Please note – classes are not available on a pro-rated basis.
Q: If I have had some background in Chinese before and I don’t know what level to sign up for, what should I do?
A: While we do not have a formal placement test, it is recommended that you visit China Institute for a 15-minute appointment with a staff member to review course material and partake in an informal assessment. Please call 212.744.8181 x150, or [email protected] to set up an appointment during our regular office hours, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.
Q: If the class is not right for me, may I transfer to another level?
A: Transfers of classes must be requested by telephone, 212.744.8181, x150, before the third session. Transfers are contingent upon the enrollment levels of the new class.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: Class tuition is non-refundable unless a written request is submitted to the Adult Language & Studio Programs and approved by the staff in that office. No refund or credit is allowed for withdrawals from a lecture, workshop, day-tour or single-day event. For courses with 5 sessions or fewer, refunds will be issued only if the student withdraws before the course begins. For courses with 10 sessions or more, refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:
•100% tuition: one week prior to the first class/session
•90% tuition: prior to the 2nd class/session
•80% tuition: prior to the 3rd class/session
•No refund: after the third class/session
Additionally, the $25 registration fee and learning materials/textbooks are non-refundable. Refunds will be returned in the same method of payment. Please allow 8-10 business days for processing of refunds. Refunds for checks and money orders may take as long as 4 to 6 weeks to process. Students who applied previous credit for either full or partial payment are not entitled to a refund and/or additional credit.
Q: Do you also offer credit?
A: Yes, we may issue a Letter of Credit under special circumstances, which will be drawn to reflect the credit amount. This letter shall be surrendered by the student when the credit is applied toward a class. Credit granted for classes are valid for a period of one year following the date of issue. The credit balance may only be applied to classes in the Adult Language and Studio Program.
Q: What textbooks do you use and how may I purchase them?
A: We use well-selected textbooks for our level courses. Currently we are using Road to Success and New Practical Chinese Reader series. Both series come with textbooks, workbooks and CDs, and are available for purchase at the reception desk at China Institute. Other books used in the non-level classes include Integrated Chinese, Developing Chinese, Discovering New China, Beyond the Basics, and All things Considered, among others. Please note that books and CDs are not included in the tuition fee.
Please also review our Registration Policy.
CHINA INSTITUTE WILL NOT PROVIDE MAKE-UPS OR ISSUE REFUNDS FOR PROGRAMS AND CLASSES MISSED AS A RESULT OF STUDENTS’ ILLNESSES, EMERGENCIES OR OTHER EVENTS BEYOND THE INSTITUTE’S CONTROL.