Chinese Studies

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Chinese Studies

Bachelor of Arts



NNU's Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies provides students an opportunity to enroll in foundational courses in Mandarin and Chinese culture.


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Improve your Chinese skills
while experiencing an interactive Chinese environment on campus.
about China's diversified culture.

Chinese Studies

NNU's Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies provides students an opportunity to enroll in foundational courses in Mandarin and Chinese culture. After students learn increasingly complex grammar, Chinese characters, the pinyin phonetic system, and conversational Mandarin, they are required to study abroad in China or at an accredited university with upper-division content in Chinese Studies. Students can then continue advanced study of language and culture in China or at other universities with accredited programs in Chinese Studies.
Courses in Mandarin and Chinese Culture are taught through NNU’s Confucius Institute, a partnership between NNU, China’s Hanban Institute, and Northwest University in Xi'an, China. Faculty members in the Chinese Studies Program are heritage speakers from Northwest University.


The Confucius Institute Scholarship Program is also sponsored by Hanban to support foreign students, scholars and Chinese language teachers who study Chinese at partner universities in China.
There are two types of scholarships available for students who study abroad: the Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Students and the Scholarship for One-Semester Students. Both scholarships pay for registration fees, tuition, monthly allowances, on-campus accommodations and outpatient medical care once a year. In addition, the Confucius Institute sponsors students working towards their master’s or Ph.D. degree in Chinese Studies from Northwest University in Xi’an, China.

Culture Exchange and Celebration

The Institute for Chinese Studies designs and organizes a variety of social and cultural events such as summer and winter camps and spirited celebrations of various Chinese festivals. Participation in these events exposes students to authentic Chinese culture and to linguistic learning as well.
The Institute also hosts annual events such as the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival that are sure to open student's eyes to life in China. These celebrations showcase the important and brilliant parts of Chinese culture by featuring art exhibitions, documentaries, paintings, calligraphy and traditional Chinese instrumental performances.
As an official Confucius Institute recognized by China, students who participate in the Chinese Language and Culture Training program have a chance to travel to China for two to three weeks. These trips will impart a level of cultural insight into China's rich culture giving students an opportunity to explore up-close and personal the dynamic and captivating lives of the Chinese people.

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Test

The HSK test is an international standardized exam launched by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) to assess non-native Chinese speakers' abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The test is recognized by the People's Republic of China and numerous countries worldwide. Northwest Nazarene University offers the HSK test during the academic year, and the Confucius Institute provides one-on-one tutoring to help students prepare for the standardized exam.
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Bachelor of Arts

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