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Chinese is one of the most important global languages today, and being able to speak it is an asset to anyone engaged in international business who has an interest in government service, or who is curious about the richness of a vast and layered culture mixed with a vibrant, bustling, contemporary society.

Study Abroad for Chinese Language Students

Begin planning as early as possible
  • Determine how education abroad fits into your overall degree plan with your academic advisor.
  • Begin the process your freshman year.
Going abroad your sophomore year is ideal
  • Finding applicable coursework is easier earlier in your major, before you reach upper-division requirements.
  • Studying abroad in the last semester of your senior year may delay graduation.
Financial aid and scholarships may be applied to education abroad opportunities

Visit mystudyabroad.wsu.edu to browse additional program options.

Featured Programs


Bilateral Exchange: City University of Hong Kong

Location:
Hong Kong SAR China, Hong Kong
Term:
Academic year, August-May | Fall, August-December | Spring, January-May
Cost:
Academic year, $28,427 | Semester, $15,206
Features:
City University of Hong Kong (CityU) is home to about 20,000 students including over 3,000 international students. It was ranked in the World’s Top 100 Universities and 12th Top University in Asia by QS World University Rankings in 2012-13.



ISEP Exchange: Shanghai University

Location:
Shanghai, China
Term: 
Academic year, September-May | Fall, September-December | Spring, March-June
Cost:
WSU Tuition + ISEP fees
Features:
In line with Shanghai’s status as a modern, international metropolis, Shanghai University is known for its robust international cooperation and development. The University has prestigious partner universities all around the world and highly values its faculty and student exchange programs. So far students and faculty from over 100 countries around the world have come to teach and study at Shanghai University. The internationalization agenda is also showcased across the University campuses that aim at constructing green and safe learning environments where the needs of a globalized student body are met and embraced. Shanghai University’s library carries around 4 million print volumes and in addition to minds, the University strives for feeding both the spirits and the bodies of its students. School spirit roars at the University’s home sporting events and the numerous indoor and outdoor facilities satisfy most athletes’ appetites. There are, for example, 22 tennis courts, 2 beach volley courts, and several gyms and pools the students are free to use. Our program at Shanghai University is run by Asia Exchange.



ISEP Exchange: Providence University

Location:
Taichung, Taiwan
Term:
Academic year, September-June | Calendar year, February-January | Fall, September-January | Spring, February-June
Cost:
WSU Tuition + ISEP fees
Features:
Over 85 student clubs and organizations sponsor a wide range of extracurricular activities. The office of international affairs organizes regular student parties, outings, cultural trips, and other fun activities. Providence University also provides numerous sporting and physical fitness opportunities. Sports include baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis, and fitness in superb athletic facilities including a track and a newly built, world-class sports arena. The annual sports day provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate in a day of activities. Students also have access to a student health center, career advising services, and a campus ministry center. Other facilities on campus include theaters, a music appreciation center, dining services, Caves bookstore, convenience stores, an art gallery, an auditorium, a chapel, and a state-of the-art library. Exchange students also have access to International Corner, an informal, friendly environment where one can make new international friends, find academic partners, and learn about the diverse cultures, traditions, and customs of other countries. Incoming students can also take part in the International Friendship Buddy program. This buddy program facilitates international students’ initial contact with Taiwanese students and helps them adjust to life in new a cultural environment.



ISEP Exchange: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Location:
Hong Kong SAR China, Hong Kong
Term:
Academic year, August-May | Calendar year, January-December | Fall, August-December | Spring, January-May
Cost:
WSU Tuition + ISEP fees
Features:
To fully maximize students’ experience at CUHK, an array of cultural programs are organized. Cultural experience is an integral part of an exchange experience at CUHK. Cultural programs include field trips, teaching-in-China program, teaching-in-Hong Kong, Tai Chi class, and more. A wide range of student-organized clubs are open for international students to join, including Chinese martial arts, photography, drama, and debate clubs, etc. The more active ones are those within the academic departments and Colleges. More information is provided within the orientation package.


API: Chinese Language Program, East China Normal University

Location:
Shanghai, China
Term:
Academic year, August-June | Fall, August-December | Spring, February-June
Cost:
Academic year, $19,400 | Fall, $9,980 | Spring, $10,380
Features:
Students who choose to study abroad in Shanghai with API will take courses at East China Normal University (ECNU), ECNU a national, renowned university under the direct auspices of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Founded in 1951, it is nationally accredited by the Ministry of Education of the PRC and a member of the prestigious 211 and 985 projects. Boasting one of the most beautiful university campuses in China, the University is reputed as the “garden university.”



CET: Taiwan

Location:
Taipai, Taiwan
Term:
Fall, August-November | Spring, February-May
Cost:
Semester, $15,990
Features:
CET Taiwan gives you access to the best parts of study abroad—intensive, customized language classes, internship opportunities in Chinese and English-speaking environments, and a location that balances life in the city with quick getaways to nature. And with Taiwanese roommates that bring language and culture into your home life, it won’t be long before Taipei feels like your new home away from home.



CET: Beijing

Location:
Beijing, China
Term:
Fall, August-December | Spring, February-June | Summer
Cost:
Semester, $15,990 | Summer, $7,690
Features:
Learning Chinese isn’t just about being in the classroom. This program focuses on giving you the Chinese you need to enjoy the city around you. For example, you might attend a dumpling-making class, but you won’t just be cooking. Your professors will teach you the vocabulary for the ingredients and cooking methods, discuss the cultural relevance of dumplings, and learn what holidays they are associated with. Taking language learning out of the classroom and into real life is what study abroad is all about, and this program gives you plenty of chances to do just that.



IES: Intensive Language Program

Location:
Shanghai, China
Term:
Summer
Cost:
$6,250
Features:
Immerse yourself in the language and culture of the largest city in China when you study abroad in Shanghai. In 8 weeks, rapidly improve your language skills in the classroom and in your daily activities as you interact with Shanghai residents from all over China and around the world. The IES Abroad Shanghai summer program provides intensive beginner-, intermediate-, advanced intermediate-, and advanced-level Chinese language courses. Designed to help you acquire or improve Chinese language skills through intensive language instruction, an entire year of college-level Chinese is covered during this program. Small class sizes and one-on-one instruction with Chinese language faculty make this program perfect for vastly improving your language skills. You will study with IES Abroad Shanghai faculty and follow a Center-wide language pledge to maximize language learning.



TEAN: Semester in Shanghai

Location:
Shanghai, China
Term:
Fall, August-January* | Spring, February-June
Cost:
Semester, $15,875
Features:
TEAN has joined with one of the most prestigious universities in China, Fudan University, and a leading Mandarin instruction program from the University of Virginia to offer students an incredibly comprehensive semester abroad. The Semester in Shanghai offers a challenging, yet supportive environment with more than 120 courses available in English that cover a variety of subjects, from business to liberal arts, in addition to studying Mandarin – the most spoken language in the world. Participants are housed in our premier accommodation, featuring fully furnished apartments with wireless internet, and room with an English-speaking local Fudan University student.
*Must stay through January



USAC: Study Abroad in Chengdu

Location:
Chengdu, China
Term:
Academic year, August-May | Fall, August-December | Spring, January-May | Summer
Cost:
Academic year, $14,130 | Semester, $7,315 | Summer, $2,880
Features:
The Chengdu program is ideal for students who are interested in experiencing life in one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places in all of China. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers and transportation and communication hubs in the country. The program offers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese, a language that is becoming increasingly popular in the global marketplace. Mandarin is the official/standard dialect used in China, and Chengdu is a great place to practice it outside of class. Studying in China offers you a unique opportunity to experience one of the world’s most ancient civilizations while living in the one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. Academically, this program offers a high quality educational experience with a focus on either Chinese Language or Chinese Studies. If you choose to focus on intensive language study, you may also take 1 or 2 elective courses such as Tai Chi, Chinese culture, history, or Chinese cuisine. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to one and a half years of Chinese language coursework in only one semester. Students who would rather focus on Chinese Studies may select from several courses taught in English. Students choosing this second option must take the required Elementary Chinese Language I course and may take additional elective courses in Chinese history, literature, government and politics, culture, and society.