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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

Dalian, China
Dalian University of Technology
Jun 07, 2021 - Jul 30, 2021
Changchun, China
College of Humanities and Sciences of Northeast Normal University (CHSNENU)
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021
Xi'an, China
Shaanxi Normal University
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021
Tainan, Taiwan
National Cheng Kung University
Jun 16, 2021 - Aug 13, 2021
New Taipei City, Taiwan
Tamkang University
Jun 16, 2021 - Aug 12, 2021

Previous Institutes

Featured Alumni Profiles

Jamal Russell Black
Chinese 2016
Suzhou, China
Holden Fitzgerald
Chinese 2018
Xi'an, China
Kimber Young
Chinese 2019
Dalian, China

Chinese Stories

Announcing the CLS 2021 Finalists

The CLS Program is pleased to announce the results of its 2021 summer competition. We applaud all applicants for the 2021 CLS Program for their commitment to language learning and congratulate the finalists and alternates selected from this impressive pool of students.

Finalists for the...

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Posted March 03, 2021