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The Chinese Language

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 booming 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 effectively 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

Tainan, Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University
Jun 29, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020
Dalian, China
Dalian University of Technology
Jun 29, 2020 - Aug 21, 2020
Xi'an, China
Shaanxi Normal University
Oct 09, 2020 - Nov 20, 2020

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Omar Albert
Chinese 2016
Changchun, China
Olivia Moffett
Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China
Holden Fitzgerald
Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China

Chinese Stories

The 2021 Summer Application is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is now open! We welcome your students to apply now to learn a critical foreign language next summer on a fully-funded study abroad program.

The application is now live and available...

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Posted August 27, 2020


Announcing the CLS Program Fall Virtual Institutes

Following the success of the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program’s Virtual Institutes this summer, we are pleased to announce that the CLS Program will offer further virtual language instruction this fall for the study of ten critical languages: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Indonesian,...

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Posted August 14, 2020