Undergraduate Certificate in Chinese

Develop the skills to speak Chinese socially and professionally with the Undergraduate Certificate in Chinese in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. Tailored to promote lifelong language learning, this 20-credit undergraduate certificate exceeds the diverse language needs of students with academic or personal interests in China and its culture. 

Students pursuing the Chinese Undergraduate Certificate form the language skills necessary for careers and professions that engage with China in the nonprofit, private and public sectors. The program supports students with different backgrounds and levels of proficiency in Mandarin. As part of the curriculum, you’ll develop linguistically accurate, communicatively effective mastery of the language. At the same time, you’ll gain insight into how to use the language in culturally and socially appropriate ways.

Coursework is intended to help you become proficient in both spoken and written language. You’ll develop the linguistic proficiency, sociolinguistic knowledge and strategies to communicate effectively in Chinese.

Classes & Curriculum

Students have four years to satisfy the requirements of the Undergraduate Certificate in Chinese, which is awarded at the completion of your bachelor’s program. It cannot be awarded as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of your bachelor’s degree.

Courses you will take as part of the curriculum include

  • Chinese Advanced I and II,
  • Chinese Elements I and II, and
  • Chinese Intermediate I and II.

Learn more about Chinese Undergraduate Certificate courses.

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Speaking more than one language can set you apart in today’s global job market. It can increase your marketability and opportunities for career advancement and promotion. Bilingual professionals can communicate with a larger population and help increase an employer’s competitive edge. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, acquisition of a second language may help improve standardized test scores, and it may improve memory and problem-solving skills.

Additionally, studying a language and its culture can help you develop empathy and global thinking. It can broaden your perspective and help you cultivate a greater understanding of people and, in turn, the world. The critical skills gained from learning a foreign language are directly applicable to today’s rapidly diversifying world and can be used across all fields and disciplines.

The Chinese Certificate (Undergraduate) is ideal for students considering careers in international business, government service or other professions for which foreign language proficiency is necessary.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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