Sichuan University
Located in:Chengdu
National 211 & 985 projects

Chinese Language Courses

Chinese language courses for overseas students consists of specialized courses and elective courses; trainings are given in special and comprehensive areas to overseas students in the study of Chinese language.


1. Elementary Class

Elementary Chinese begins with an intensive overall training for students in Mandarin phonetics. Basic grammar is introduced in this class. The listening and speaking class uses topics in situational dialogues to train the students' basic skills of spoken Chinese. Students will acquire knowledge of Chinese culture through Chinese language classes.

Courses for Elementary Class:

Elementary Chinese 1

This course suits students in Elementary Class One, whose Chinese is at a beginning level.

Elementary Chinese 2

This course suits students in Elementary Class Two, who have studied Chinese but are still at the beginning level.

Elementary Chinese 3

This course suits students in Elementary Class Three, who have studied Chinese and learned about 1,000 words.

Chinese Listening and Speaking

This course focuses on the skill of listening and speaking, supporting Elementary Chinese course.

Initiation to Chinese Characters

To support Elementary Chinese course, this course studies the structure of Chinese characters and the writing regulations. This course teaches how to count number of strokes and how to use a Chinese dictionary based on radicals. This course will improve students' ability in reading and writing Chinese characters.

Chinese Reading

This course trains students in reading, supporting Elementary Chinese course.

Chinese Through Video

This course fosters students' ability to understand the language through visual means, supporting the course of Elementary Chinese course.

Chinese Listening

This course trains students in understanding the Language

through listening comprehension.

Chinese Speaking

To support other courses, this course guides students to put into practice their language knowledge and skills through oral conversation.

Elementary Chinese Writing

This course supplements other courses by instructing students on how to form paragraphs and develop articles.

2. Intermediate Class

Intermediate Class is designed for students who have finished Elementary Class or an equivalent level. It emphasizes students' understanding and expression of the language, and it also gives an overall training on listening, speaking, reading and writing. This class will also enlarge the students' vocabulary as well as their knowledge of the language.

Intermediate Chinese 1

This course suits students who have studied one year of Chinese with a vocabulary of about 2, 700 words for both daily use and study. Students in this class should learn basic Chinese grammar and have the ability to understand daily conversation.

Intermediate Chinese 2

This course suits students who have finished Intermediate Chinese 1, with a vocabulary of 3, 700 words.

Chinese Listening and speaking

This course is a part of the whole second year’s study. It trains students through situational dialogue and talking after reading. It also gives overall training on listening and speaking. The students will also have better understanding of Chinese culture and customs.

Chinese Reading

This course gives special training on reading skills to support Intermediate Chinese, improving the students' ability in reading and comprehension.

Basic Chinese Writing

This course introduces basic writing and gives special training with different writing styles.

3. Advanced Class

Advanced class is a transitional course for students who have learned basic Chinese grammar and wish to study other subject areas in Chinese language or to study Chinese language for a bachelor’s degree. This course will enable the students to have a better understanding of idioms and history of the language, as well as Chinese culture as a whole.

Advanced Chinese

This course is a required and important course for the third- year students. It requires students to enlarge their vocabulary and knowledge of the language in order to improve their ability of comprehension and fast reading. The aim of this course is to enable the student to reach the level of fluency.

Advanced Chinese Conversation

This course trains the students' ability of oral expression in various forms. Large amount of audio materials are used for students to effectively improve their listening and speaking ability. It will enable the students to express themselves freely and to achieve satisfying results in conversation.

Chinese Writing

Combined with exercises of writing in various kinds of styles, this course will enable the students to master the skills of writing and to express themselves freely in written language.


Chinese Calligraphy

This course will introduce the origins of Chinese calligraphy and give students the basic training for calligraphy. It will also enable the students to appreciate Chinese calligraphy.

Introduction to the Language of Journalism

This course uses articles from the major newspapers in China, introduces basic expressions and sentence patterns in journalism writing. It will enable the students to understand and master the language features of journalism, and improve their reading comprehension.

Chinese Culture

This course focuses on the following topics: study of Confucian classics, historiography, ancient official position, imperial examinations, family names, graves, astronomy, calendar, drama, dancing, painting, pottery, porcelain and other aspects of Chinese culture.

Sichuan Dialect

This course gives a systematic introduction to Sichuan dialect, its phonetics, vocabulary and grammar. In comparison with Mandarin the students will understand the general features of Sichuan dialect.

Ancient Chinese

This course will enable the students to understand the meaning of classic Chinese words and basic grammar of ancient Chinese through classical reading. This course will enable the students to improve their skills in written language by comparing the differences and similarities between ancient Chinese and modern Chinese.

Chinese Word Processing

This course gives an introduction to the features of Chinese characters, introduces three ways to type Chinese characters on computer: phonetic way, radical way and a combination of both. Students can choose one of the three ways to imput Chinese to the computer according to their own practical situation. Skillfulness is expected.

Phonetics Assisting

This course gives special training in phonetics and corrects the students' mispronunciation.

Taiji Quan/Taiji Jian

This course teaches the National Standard 24 Forms Taiji Quan, based on this, further introduction can be given to 48 Forms Taiji Quan, 88 Forms Taiji Quan, 32 Forms Taiji Quan and 54 Forms Taiji Jian.

Chinese Culture Study

The Center for China Studies at Sichuan University

The Center for China Studies at Sichuan University is a program specially designed for international students who wish to learn about Chinese culture. This program offers a wide range of courses to meet the academic needs of students studying abroad. Previous Chinese language study is not required.

Located at the main campus of Sichuan University, a key national research university, and drawing on more than 20 years of experience, the program offers quality courses taught in English, as well as opportunities for home stays with Chinese families, courses with Chinese students, and study tours around the area and to major cities in the country.

The university is situated in a fast developing city with proximity to:

Important cultural and historical sites

Important national infrastructure development projects

International and Chinese business development

Environmental research facilities

A major traditional Chinese medicine hospital

Important Chinese religious sites and institutions

Important autonomous minority regions

Beautiful scenic areas

Program Feature

Faculty from both Sichuan University and American universities

Site director from American university

All the courses and lectures are taught in English

Elective Chinese language class offered at two different levels for different credit hours

A broad and diverse range of courses

A special program coordinator from Sichuan University

Field trips to minority areas and rural villages in the province

A seven-day trip to Tibet with lectures

Study tour to Beijing and Xi'an

Home-stay experience with Chinese families

Service learning in your area of interest

Program Calendar

Fall Semester: September to December

Spring Semester: Late February to Late May

Length of the Program: 12 weeks of academic instruction in class

Academic Instruction

Grades are sent on official transcripts from Sichuan University to the home universities.

One or two courses per semester are taught by a visiting foreign faculty member from an American university. The content of the course depends on the academic area of the visiting faculty member.

Our Exchanging Programms

Sichuan University has established friendly cooperative ties with over 100 universities and research institutes from over 30 countries and regions, they include American Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Washington University, Landon University in England, University of Toronto in Granada, etc.

Since China's reform and opening up, over1000 groups and 5000 people have visited our university, including American vice president Mr. Bush, the famous scientist Yang Chen-Ning , Lee Tsung-Dao , etc. Since 1978, Sichuan University invited over 2000 experts or scholars to the university to give lectures and carry some co-research plans, some of the disciplines related to natural science and engineering technique science, such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, macromolecule material, electron information, it related to literal human ores and social science too, such as economics, management,demology, law, history,archaeology, religion, Chinese traditional culture.

Work-Study Program

Sichuan University's Work-Study Program gives overseas students a chance to teach English to Chinese students on campus. From the program, you can earn some valuable working experience during your study as well as some extra money. The program offers about 100 job positions for teaching graduate students at Sichuan University. The positions are for those who speak English as their first language. Most of the teaching sites are at Wangjiang campus, which allows for a convenient and time saving way after your classes to meet your teaching obligations.

How do I apply for the Work-Study Program?

If you are applying before you arrive at Sichuan University, please find the Work - Study Application Form along with the Application Form for Foreigners Wishing to Study in China sent in the mail or email by the Overseas Student Office of Sichuan University.

If you are already at Sichuan University, submit the Work-Study Application Form online or get the paper form from the Overseas Student Office.

Once you are accepted to the program, the Overseas Student Office will contact you for an interview.

Before you start teaching, you must sign a Work- Study Contract, and receive 20 hours of training provided by the School of Foreign Languages.

What are the criteria for the Study-Teaching Program?

The applicants will meet the following requirements:

Students who are or will be registered at Sichuan University for at least one semester

English as first language

Clear pronunciation

Good communication skills

Good command of the English language

Good knowledge of western culture

A satisfactory academic standing

Responsible, positive attitude

Ability to provide quality work

How many hours can I work a week?

Minimum 4 classroom hours a week.

Maximum 8 classroom hours a week.

How much can I earn?

You will receive payment in person from the International Office on the 10th of every month; the fee is 100 RMB per class. (45 minutes)

Will I receive evaluations?

Yes, you will receive evaluations from both supervisors from the School of Foreign Languages as well as the students whom you will be teaching.

How do I extend the contract?

After a satisfactory evaluation, you can come to the Overseas Student Office to renew your contract.

Is there any chance for me if I just found out about the opportunity?

Yes, if there is a position available.

Bachelor's Degree for Chinese Language

Program Requirements

We warmly welcome those who are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree for Chinese Language to attend our university. The program will enable the students to understand Chinese history and culture, to have the language skills to work in the related areas. This new program just began in the year 2002; there are already international students enrolled in this program.

To earn a bachelor’s degree at Sichuan University, students are required to finish the designed courses, a thesis and internship.

Program Description

1. Branch of Learning: Literature

2. Major: Chinese Language

3. Concentration: Chinese Language and Literature

4. Basic Academic Year Required: 4 years

5. Total Credits: 160

6. Required Class Hours: 2058

7. Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Art


1. Bachelor's degree at Sichuan University requires 160 credits (includes internship and thesis)

2. Those who reach new HSK level 5 or old HSK 6 can enter the second year directly, still winning all the credits from the first year.

Required Courses and Thesis

1) Basic Courses

Elementary Chinese 1

Elementary Chinese 2

Elementary Listening and Speaking

Initiation to Chinese Characters

Chinese Reading 1

Chinese Conversation

Chinese Listening

Chinese through Video

Elementary Chinese Writing

2) Specialized Courses

Intermediate Chinese 1

Intermediate Chinese 2

Advanced Chinese 1

Advanced Chinese 2

Advanced Chinese 3

Advanced Chinese 4

Chinese Listening and Speaking 1

Chinese Listening and Speaking 2

Chinese Reading 2

Chinese Reading 3

Basic Chinese Writing 1

Basic Chinese Writing 2

Chinese Writing 1

Chinese Writing 2

Modern Chinese Phonology

Modern Chinese Grammar

3) Internship

4) Thesis Writing

Selective Courses

Chinese Characters

Advanced Chinese Conversation 1

Advanced Chinese Conversation 2

News Listening 1

News Listening 2

Chinese Word Processing

Modern Chinese History

Introduction to China 1

Introduction to China 2

Physical Education 1

Physical Education 2

Introduction to the Language of Journalism 1

Introduction to the Language of Journalism 2

Newspaper and Magazine Reading 1

Newspaper and Magazine Reading 2

Advanced Chinese through Video 1

Advanced Chinese through Video 2

Introduction to Translation 1

Introduction to Translation 2

Modern Chinese Vocabulary 1

Modern Chinese Vocabulary 2

History of Ancient China 1

History of Ancient China 2

Contemporary Chinese Literature 1

Contemporary Chinese Literature 2

Chinese Culture 1

Chinese Culture 2

Present Day Chinese Economy 1

Present Day Chinese Economy 2

Topics on Present-day China 1

Topics on Present-day China 2

Modern Chinese Rhetoric

Ancient Chinese 1

Ancient Chinese 2

Ancient Chinese Literature 1

Ancient Chinese Literature 2

Reading of Ancient Chinese Works 1

Reading of Ancient Chinese Works 2

Translation 1

Translation 2

Special Topics

Courses Exempted

Politics and Situation

Ideology and Moral Education

Introduction to Laws

Basic Theory of Marxism

Basic Theory of Marxism Political Economy

Introduction to Mao Zedong Thought

Introduction to Deng Xiaoping Theory

Current World Economy and Politics

Education on National Defense

Military Training

College English 1

College English 2

College English 3

College English 4