Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute USFQ is an international, non-governmental, non-profit educational institution whose mission is to teach Chinese language and promote Chinese culture. Currently, there are more than 550 Confucius Institutes and over 1100 Confucius classrooms in 162 countries.

The USFQ Confucius Institute is the first and only one of its kind in Ecuador. It was founded in 2010, thanks to the strategic alliance established between the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) and its Chinese counterpart, the University of Petroleum of China in Beijing (UPC-BJ), with the support of the Chinese International Education Foundation (CIEF), formerly Hanban, and the Center for Education and Linguistic Cooperation Foundation (CLEC). Currently, the IC USFQ is part of the internationalization area of the university.

In addition, the USFQ Confucius Institute is authorized to conduct Mandarin Chinese language proficiency examinations in Ecuador, also known as HSK, HSKK and YCT examinations.

Mission

To promote Chinese language and culture in Ecuador, taking into account what China represents to the world.

Vision

To become the leading center as a Confucius Institute in the teaching of Chinese language and culture throughout South America.

Values

  • Quality education
  • Innovation
  • Critical thinking
  • Respect and kindness
  • Transparency and responsibility

Chinese courses

General Information

The USFQ Confucius Institute offers a curriculum that covers both Chinese language and culture, through which students develop skills to deal socially and commercially with China.

Classes are led by qualified Chinese and local teachers.

The teaching method covers various aspects such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary.

Levels

The USFQ Confucius Institute divides its academic curriculum into five levels, each level is composed of five modules. A module has a duration of 48 synchronous class hours.

Levels Modules
Level I: Basic I II III IV V
Level II: Basic - Intermediate VI VII VIII IX  X
Level III: Intermediate I II III IV V
Level IV: Intermediate - Advanced VI VII VIII IX X
Level V: Advanced 1 I II III IV V
Level V: Advanced 2 VI VII VIII IX X

Placement Testing

Those who have some previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese may take a written placement test to determine their level according to their knowledge of the language. This test has an additional cost.

Weekly and Saturday courses

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all our courses are taught online. This arrangement will continue until December 2022 or depending on the situation nationwide. Details on how to join the virtual classes will be sent via Telegram to students by the assigned professor after registration.

Classes are taught on two schedules:

  • Weekly: from Monday to Thursday, one and a half hours - from 17h00 to 18h30, from 19h00 to 20h30 (availability of both schedules varies depending on each level).
  • Saturday: 4 hours of classes - from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

HSK/HSKK/YCT Exam Preparation Courses

The USFQ Confucius Institute offers proficiency test preparation courses for those who wish to strengthen their knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, learn test-taking techniques and become familiar with the exams. These courses are not regular and have an additional cost.

Registration

General Information

Classes are open to anyone from the age of 13 and up, with no age limit.

To complete registration, please follow the steps below:

  • Complete the online registration form through this link.
  • Print the application form, sign and attach a photo.
  • Attach a photocopy of your identity card or passport.

Students with knowledge of Chinese may take a proficiency test to determine their placement according to their language level.

Fees

Students entering the USFQ Confucius Institute for the first time must pay the following fees:

Item Cost
Module I * USD 209.50
Registration (one time only) USD 55.00
Material (lasts five modules) USD 16.00
TOTAL: USD 280.50

* From Basic Level Module II onwards, only USD 209.50 per module will be charged

** As of the year 2020, no fee will be charged for class material. This provision is subject to change

Scholarships and Camps in China

General Information

In order to encourage Chinese language learning and promote Chinese language teaching internationally, the Center for Education and Linguistic Cooperation (CLEC) Foundation offers a series of scholarships for Mandarin Chinese language improvement, research, undergraduate, master's and doctoral scholarships for regular students and local teachers of IC USFQ every year.

So far, IC USFQ has sent nearly 400 students to China to study the language and culture of this ancient country.

Types of scholarships

First category: scholarships for Mandarin Chinese teachers

  • Scholarships for Ph.D. in international Chinese language teaching
  • Scholarships for master's degree in international Chinese language teaching
  • Scholarships for undergraduate in international Chinese language teaching
  • One-year academic year scholarships for further education and research
  • One-semester academic year scholarships for advanced training and research
  • Four-week advanced training and research scholarships

The second category: co-supervised training

For more information on this type of scholarship, please see the official website of the Chinese as a Foreign Language Teacher Training Scholarships.

The third category: online scholarships

  • One-Year Online Academic-Year Fellowships for Advanced Study and Research
  • One-Semester Online Academic Semester Fellowships for Advanced Study and Research
  • Specific online seminars

For more information on available scholarships, requirements and application dates please review the Guía para solicitar las becas for Mandarin Chinese as a Foreign Language Teacher Training Scholarships 2022.

HSKK and HSKK Chinese Proficiency Test

HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

The HSK written test is an international assessment that measures the level of knowledge and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Below is a brief description of the different levels of the HSK written test:

  • HSK (Level 1)
    Understands and uses elementary Chinese words and phrases, meets specific communication needs. The topics to be tested use the Pinyin or Chinese phonetic alphabet. For this level the student is expected to know 150 words.
  • HSK (Level 2)
    Uses the language in everyday matters whose familiarity allows him/her to exchange ideas in a simple and direct way. The topics to be evaluated use the Pinyin or Chinese phonetic alphabet. At this level, the student is expected to know 300 words.
  • HSK (Level 3)
    Develops skills and abilities to communicate in work, academic and social situations, can face the situations and difficulties that arise in the field of oral and written communication. The topics to be evaluated no longer use the Pinyin or Chinese phonetic alphabet, all written evaluation has Chinese characters. For this level the student is expected to know 600 words.
  • HSK (Level 4)
    Communicates in different circumstances and holds conversations fluently with native speakers or others who are fluent in Mandarin Chinese. At this level, the student is expected to know 1200 words.
  • HSK (Level 5)
    Reads Chinese newspapers and magazines without much difficulty, understands and interacts with Chinese radio and television programs, can participate in discussions and communicate satisfactorily. At this level the student is expected to know 2500 words.
  • HSK (Level 6)
    Understands, listens and reads news in Mandarin Chinese very well, expresses himself fluently in oral and written form with very good results. For this level the student is expected to know 5000 words.

The Instituto Confucio USFQ in Quito and its office in Guayaquil offers the possibility of taking the six levels of the HSK exam (written) every year, generally two convocations are held.

Requirements to take the exam:

  • Photocopy of identity card or passport.
  • Photocopy of voting slip.

HSKK Oral Chinese Proficiency Test (HSKK)

The HSKK oral exam is an international assessment that measures the level of knowledge and proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Below is a brief description of the different levels of the HSKK written test:

  • HSKK (Beginner)
    Understands and expresses oneself orally in Mandarin Chinese on familiar everyday matters, i.e., meets basic communication needs.
  • HSKK (Intermediate)
    Understands and communicates relatively fluently in Mandarin Chinese with native Chinese speakers.
  • HSKK (Advanced)
    Understands and fluently expresses own opinions in Mandarin Chinese.

The USFQ Confucius Institute in Quito and its office in Guayaquil offers the possibility to take the six levels of the HSKK (oral) exam every year, generally two sittings are held.

Requirements to take the exam:

  • Photocopy of identity card or passport.
  • Photocopy of voting slip.

Online registration for the HSK and HSKK exams

Registration for the different levels of the HSK and HSKK exams can be done through the following link. Participants are reminded that they are required to upload a current photograph with a white background, as failure to do so will limit their eligibility for this assessment.

Registration requirements:

  • Active e-mail account
  • Updated passport-size photograph with the following characteristics:
    • Format: JPG
    • Dimension: 180x240 (pixels)
    • File size: Less than 100 Kb
    • Background: white

Guía para la inscripción en los exámenes HSK y HSKK 2022

 

 

Items and Fees

HSK Written Exam

Level Value
HSK 1 US$ 52
HSK 2 US$ 78
HSK 3 y HSKK beginner US$ 140
HSK 4 y HSKK intermediate US$ 180
HSK 5 y HSKK advanced US$ 220
HSK 6 y HSKK advanced US$ 240

 

HSKK Oral Examinatio

Level Value
Beginner US$ 78
Intermediate US$ 104
Advanced US$ 130

Our Team

CI USFQ Administrative Team

 

Kiara-Guerra

Kiara Guerra

Director

Kiara holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and a master's degree in public policy. In 2012, she won a scholarship from the USFQ Confucius Institute to continue her Mandarin Chinese studies in Beijing at the Capital University of Economics and Business (CUEB). She is in charge of the general administrative and operational management of the IC USFQ, as well as coordinating and co-organizing academic and cultural activities.

Mario-Cisneros

Mario Cisneros

Administrative Assistant 

Mario is a multimedia animator, in charge of social media management and customer service, in addition, he provides support in the organization of HSK/HSKK exams and advises students in their applications for scholarships in China. She has been working at IC USFQ since 2011.

Inner-Brice

Inner Brice

Administrative Assistant

Inner studied business administration, she is in charge of responding to concerns, complaints, suggestions and requests from students and parents, coordinates and plans the Mandarin Chinese classes for each cycle, provides support in the organization of cultural activities. She has been working in the Guayaquil office of IC USFQ for five years. 

Ericka-Jimenez

Ericka Jiménez

Financial Assistant 

Ericka studied commercial engineering and is in charge of the registration and invoicing process for students. She also provides support in the preparation of financial reports. She has been working at the IC USFQ Guayaquil office for more than three years.

CI USFQ Academic Team

 

Confucio - Zhang-Hao

Zhang Hao

Co-director

Zhang Hao studied English language and literature at Northeast Normal University. Since 2001, she has been an associate professor at the School of Foreign Languages, University of Petroleum of China in Beijing (UPC-BJ). She was a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, she also served as a Mandarin Chinese teacher at the Confucius Institute of San Francisco de Quito University (IC USFQ) from 2013 to 2016. Zhang Hao co-edited two dictionaries and two textbooks, and has several publications. His research interests include translation between English and Mandarin Chinese, translation theory and practice, English literature, teaching English as a foreign language, and teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language. 

Confucio - Zhou-Dashuang

Zhou Dashuang

Professor

Zhao Ling received her bachelor's degree in teaching English as a foreign language from Dalian University, she also holds a bachelor's degree in English from the Open University of China. She has taught English as a foreign language in various schools and colleges in China. In addition, she is an expert in tea ceremony, she was a teacher of traditional Chinese tea ceremony at the Center for Educational Resear. Since 2021, she joined the teaching staff of IC USFQ.

Confucio - Li-Xinyi

Li Xinyi

Professor 

Li Xinyi has a bachelor's degree in teaching Chinese as a second language from Hebei Normal University, she also has a master's degree in language teaching from the University of Edinburgh. She has been teaching Chinese as a foreign language in Ecuador and the UK for 6 years, applying different teaching strategies in the learning process. She has been teaching at IC USFQ since 2018.

Confucio - Meng-Chunlei

Meng Chunlei

Professor

Meng Chunlei holds a bachelor's degree in teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language from Han Dan College. He also holds a master's degree from Beijing Language and Culture University in teaching Chinese as a foreign language. He has taught Mandarin Chinese in Thailand and Bolivia. He has been a professor at IC USFQ since 2018.

Confucio - Zhang-Li

Zhang Li

Professor

Zhang Li received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Jiaotong University and his Master of Arts degree from Jiaotong University. He has extensive experience as a singing and dance teacher, and has staged several plays in schools and colleges in China. He has been teaching at IC USFQ since 2018.

Confucio -Duan-Xuemei

Duan Xuemei

Professor

Duan Xuemei holds a bachelor's degree in Vietnamese linguistics from Guanxi University for Nationalities and a master's degree in teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. A former Mandarin Chinese teacher in the Philippines and Cape Verde, she has been a lecturer at IC USFQ since 2018.

Instituto Confucio - Zhao-Ling

Zhao Ling

Professor

Duan Xuemei holds a bachelor's degree in Vietnamese linguistics from Guanxi University for Nationalities and a master's degree in teaching Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. A former Mandarin Chinese teacher in the Philippines and Cape Verde, she has been a lecturer at IC USFQ since 2018.

Cultural agenda

Every year CI USFQ organizes different cultural activities in order to promote the understanding of this millenary culture. Many of the traditional Chinese celebrations vary in date each year, because they follow a lunar calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar that governs us in Ecuador. We invite you to review our cultural agenda to learn more about Chinese festivities and other cultural initiatives that we organize this year:

  • Chinese New Year (known as Spring Festival).
    Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Lantern Festival (also known as Lantern Festival)
    Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Dragon Boat Festival (Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity)
    Friday, June 3, 2022
  • Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a. Mooncake Festival)
    Saturday, September 10, 2022

For more University and Confucius Institute activities, please visit our Events and Courses sections..

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