Chinese Language (All Levels)

Rapidly build your Chinese language skills through an interactive online course.

At a Glance






Sep 14 ‎– Nov 15

Program Countries


Program Base

Online, China

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course will help you quickly develop and master your Chinese language skills through nine weeks of virtual instruction. SIT will conduct placement tests to identify your language level at the start of the program. The course will be taught by native language instructors who have completed ACTFL OPI training and have more than 12 years of experience teaching Chinese language to foreign students. Instructors will use oral proficiency-based methods and interactive language teaching techniques to help you build your speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing skills.  

Students will be expected to devote approximately 15 hours per week to this course over a nine-week period. The course schedule is flexible to accommodate a variety of student schedules and time zones and it integrates both synchronous and asynchronous activities. Synchronous sessions may include three hours per week with the language instructor(s) doing drills and practicing conversation. The frequency, duration, and scheduling of synchronous sessions will be determined together by instructors and class participants during the first week of the course.

Asynchronous activities may include approximately 10-12 hours per week on practice exercises, small group projects, discussion boards, and completing assignments. Students are required to demonstrate a strong online presence by participating in group discussions, answering questions, and interacting with course participants and staff.

In addition to this online course, SIT is also offering a three-week, supplementary, intensive Chinese Language J-term immersion program in Kunming, China.


  • Rapidly build your Chinese language skills.
  • Small group language study and individualized tutoring.
  • Experienced Chinese language teachers who have received ACTFL training.





The following syllabi are representative of this program. Because courses develop and change over time to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, actual course content will vary from term to term.

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information, including course codes, credits, overviews, and syllabi.

Program Components

  • 45 contact hours of online Chinese language study over nine weeks 
  • Daily homework and asynchronous activities 
  • Small group projects and role playing 
  • Oral proficiency tests at the beginning and end of each program, and mid-term and final exams 

Beginning Chinese

Beginning Chinese – syllabus
(CHIN 1003-1503 Online Course /3 Credits)

Intermediate Chinese

Intermediate Chinese – syllabus
(CHIN 2003 – 2503 Online Course / 3 Credits)

Advanced Chinese

Advanced Chinese – syllabus
(CHIN 3003-3503 Online Course / 3 Credits)

Faculty & Staff

China: Chinese Language (All Levels)

Lu Yuan, PhD
Academic Director
Zhao Jie (Charles)
Supervisor and Language Instructor
Zhou Yan
Student Affairs Coordinator
Xiao Huaguo
Language Instructor and Field Trip Coordinator
Luo Xiaolei
Language Program Coordinator
Huang Suying
Language Instructor
Zhang Xian, MA
Language Instructor
Wang Juan
Language Instructor

Discover the Possibilities

  • Cost & Scholarships

    The total cost for this program is $1,080. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.