Intensive Chinese Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced) Online | Abroad

Rapidly build your Chinese language skills through an interactive online course and in-country experiential learning component in Kunming, China.

At a Glance


3 (+3)


None, but online component or equivalent to enroll in the J-Term

Language of Study


Language Levels

Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Courses taught in



Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

Online Term

Jul 13 ‎– Jul 31

In-Country J-Term (optional)

Dec 28 ‎– Jan 15

Program Base

Online, Kunming, China

Critical Global Issue of Study

Identity & Human Resilience

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This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.

This course will help you quickly develop and master your Chinese language skills with a three-week online course and a three-week in-country program in China. SIT will conduct placement tests to identify your language level at the start of the program. Both the online and January terms 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.

The in-country component will take place in Kunming, China, where you will further develop your language skills and learn about Chinese culture. While in-country you will participate in a language pledge to fully immerse yourself in the Chinese language. This component will include formal language instruction, as well as opportunities to practice conversing with native speakers through on-campus activities with Chinese students, everyday community interactions, and excursions.


  • Small group language study and individualized tutoring
  • Experienced Chinese language teachers who have received ACTFL training
  • In-country language immersion with a required Chinese language pledge (J-term)
  • Practice language skills through everyday interactions and cultural activities (J-term)


In order for a student's language pledge to be effective, students are recommended to complete SIT's summer online component first, or have the equivalent of one semester of language study when starting the J-term program.

Program Terms

Online Term Details

During the online program, you will undertake 45 class hours of Chinese language instruction. Students at all skill levels will receive training in reading, writing, listening, and speaking Chinese, with a particular emphasis on acquiring practical speaking skills and higher levels of fluency relevant to the program experience. Lessons will be reinforced with 15 hours of required homework assignments.


In-Country (J-Term) Details

During the three-week program in Kunming, China, you will receive another 45 hours of Chinese language instruction, as well as one-on-one tutoring and training, two to three times a week. You will rapidly expand and improve your Chinese language skills through a combination of interactive classroom learning, cultural immersion on campus, and conversing with native speakers during everyday interactions, excursions, and other program activities.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.



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 hours of online Chinese language study
  • 45 hours of on-site Chinese language study in Kunming, China (J-term)
  • 15 hours of individualized tutoring In Kunming, China (J-term)
  • ACTFL testing at the start and end of each component, and midterm and final exams

Chinese (Online)

Beginning Chinese – Syllabus
(CHIN 1003–1503 / 3 credits)

Intermediate Chinese – Syllabus
(CHIN 2003–2503 / 3 credits)

Advanced Chinese – Syllabus
(CHIN 3003–3503 / 3 credits)

Chinese (In County)

Faculty & Staff

China: Intensive Chinese Language (Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced) Online | Abroad

Lu Yuan, PhD
Zhao Jie (Charles)
Zhou Yan
Xiao Huaguo
Luo Xiaolei
Huang Suying
Zhang Xian, MA
Wang Juan

Discover the Possibilities


    The total cost for this program is $960, while the optional in-country term is $4,238, including tuition, room & board, health insurance, and more. Financial aid may apply. Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.