Studying Chinese is fun and challenging! The UVA program in Chinese offers two tracks of courses: one for heritage learners and one for non-heritage learners. The heritage learners with prior experiences in listening and speaking are able to fulfill UVa’s foreign language requirement in two semesters. For non-heritage learners, all four language skills are equally emphasized in the four-semester sequence of courses, running from Elementary Chinese (CHIN1010) through Intermediate Chinese (CHIN2020). Both groups of learners continue taking courses in two separate tracks until fourth-year Chinese. They are then merged in the most advanced level courses, which are equivalent to Fifth Year Chinese, such as Media Chinese (CHIN5810) and Business Chinese (CHIN4030). Through a communicative and student-centered approach, we equip our students with learning strategies so that they will become independent life-long learners, prepare them to function effectively in the real world, and understand Chinese society, culture, and people. We maintain that the experience of learning Chinese should not be limited to the classroom. In order for our students to take full advantage of all the opportunities to interact in Chinese, we collaborate with a Chinese student organization to hold a Chinese Corner once a week, and also encourage our students to apply to live in Shea House.
Two Chinese summer programs are offered, so that students can choose either intensive study of Chinese on Grounds at the Summer Language Institute or abroad at the UVA-in-Shanghai Chinese.