Critical Language Scholarship Program | Chinese

The Chinese Language

Requires One Year of Prior Study (CLS Spark Virtual; no pre-requisite)

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world, boasting almost 900 million native speakers and over a billion speakers in total! Dating back thousands of years, the Chinese language reflects a rich history of cultural traditions and encompasses a vast diversity of people, places, and perspectives. The Chinese language itself is various, featuring many mutually unintelligible regional dialects and variations, although Mandarin has been adopted as a de facto standard.

It's easy to see why Chinese is in such high demand, with economies all over the world in locations such as Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and of course China, all featuring Mandarin Chinese as a key component. As technology continues to connect the East and the West, more Americans are learning Chinese in order to engage in the global marketplace and pursue international careers in diverse fields such as archaeology, finance, sociology, and medicine. The CLS Program teaches students Mandarin Chinese, while providing opportunities for students to engage with China's diverse local culture.

Program Sites

Dalian, China (Spark Virtual)
Dalian University of Technology
Jun 11, 2024 - Aug 09, 2024
Singapore, Republic of Singapore (Spark Virtual)
LTL Language School Singapore
Jun 11, 2024 - Aug 09, 2024
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tamkang University
Jun 18, 2024 - Aug 15, 2024
Tainan, Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University
Jun 18, 2024 - Aug 15, 2024

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