The Department of Asian Studies is thrilled to offer the only university-level, for-credit, comprehensive Cantonese language program at UBC and in Canada.



The Cantonese language program has a range of courses available for all levels. Thanks to the generosity of brothers Alex and Chi Shum Watt, we now offer beginner level courses for those who want to learn basic Cantonese. The program focuses on speaking and writing skills, encouraging students to practice what they’ve learned through class projects. We also offer Cantonese courses for those who are more advanced or consider themselves primarily Mandarin-speakers.

For all questions specifically for Cantonese course (CNTO) please email Mr. Raymond Pai directly at

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