The coffin fell apart.
There was the sound of decayed wood crumbling, and a cloud of smoke surged out, like water vapour from a hot steamer.

Yan Lianke / Carlos Rojas

Universities with good Chinese programs

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Schools in the UK

The University of Edinburgh
The MA degree offered by the University of Edinburgh aims at both practical and philosophical issues of translation.
Newcastle University
Newcastle University offers MA and PhD degrees in translation and interpreting.
Salford University
The University of Nottingham Postgraduate Prospectus
Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh
The School of Management and Languages has a PGDip/MSc course in Chinese-English Translation & Computer-Assisted Translation Tools, not terribly literary…
The University of Manchester
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
The University of London has a Practical Translation: English to Chinese course.
Imperial College London
The Imperial College's offerings are heavily technology-focussed.
Bath University
Warwick University
Leeds University

Schools in the US

Yale University
Yale has been dedicated to China and Chinese literature for nearly ten years, and has one of the strongest programs in the US. They provide a one-year Master's in East Asian Studies and a PhD in EA Literature.
Cornell University
Cornell has an extensive East Asian Department, good for everything from East Asian anthropology, to literature, to classical Chinese.
University of Hawai'i
The University of Hawai'i has a long-standing program dedicated to Chinese; they are strongest in history and classical Chinese.
University of Washington
The University of Washington has had a Chinese language class since 1926, and their China-related programs have continued to grow since then. They've got one of the best Chinese literature programs in the western US, and an excellent library.
Harvard University
Harvard University has an excellent program in Chinese literature, as well as several prominent professors, and also boasts the semi-independent Yenching Institute, which promotes research on the culture and history of China (and other East Asian countries).
New York University
NYU provides some excellent language and literature courses.
Berkeley is the manager of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies, one of the best language-oriented, self-directed study institutes in the world.
Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins is mainly known for the SAIS international studies program in Nanjing, though they may expand their offerings to a literature degree in the future.
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University has a wide range of language programs, with a particular focus on real-world application of language skills, ie careers that rely on language ability.
The department of asian languages at Stanford has an excellent reputation for literary research and translation.



# 1.   

There are also postgraduate programmes at Edinburgh:

and several good MAs at Newcastle:

Brian Holton, June 4, 2009, 2:50a.m.

# 2.   

Thanks! That's helpful, I'll stick those into the list above soon.

 Eric Abrahamsen, June 5, 2009, 3:48a.m.

# 3.   

There is no University of Ohio, there is a Ohio University but what you really meant was The Ohio State University. Their flagship program is widely known as one of the best Chinese programs in the US.

Derrick , November 19, 2010, 3:08p.m.

# 4.   

Thanks! Made the change.

 Eric Abrahamsen, November 19, 2010, 9:13p.m.

# 5.   

I would just like to add that the University of Sheffield, UK has a very comprehensive 4 year BA in Chinese studies. As a recent graduate I can certainly vouch for its quality! See for more information.

Robynne Tindall, August 19, 2011, 3:07a.m.

# 6.   

There's a really great undergraduate Chinese program at University of Mississippi. It's excellent and has repeatedly taken kids from zero chinese to Superior on the OPI in under 4 years.

Jessica, August 26, 2011, 4:27p.m.

# 7.   

Another well-known Chinese undergraduate program is at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program is considered relatively rigorous and one of the best in the Mid-western United States. Furthermore, they have many intensive study oppurtunities for students in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Taiwan.

Isaac Huben, September 27, 2011, 11:24a.m.

# 8.   

Indiana University should be added to this list.

Also, you should make mention of the Chinese Flagship Program, a State-Department sponsored program with several partnering universities:

University of Mississippi Indiana University San Francisco State University Brigham Young University Arizona State University University of Rhode Island University of Oregon

The Chinese Flagship program prepares student for working in China, in Chinese language environments. Students achieve advanced proficiency in Chinese.

Ivy, October 20, 2011, 1:59a.m.

# 9.   

I think West Virginia University should be added to this list. Even though their Chinese program is fairly young, the program is very effective.

Most other schools have their students take Chinese for 6-7 hours, whereas at WVU it's only 3. It's more intensive but the main professor heading the program has sent numerous amounts of students to internships to China and Taiwan.

Every summer, any student in the Chinese program who is willing to go, can study abroad for 3-4 weeks in China or Taiwan, with the staff from the program.

Lizzie, March 2, 2012, 9:08a.m.

# 10.   

Princeton University has one of the oldest and most well known chinese programs in the USA, plase add it to your list

Jacob, March 6, 2012, 9:10p.m.

# 11.   

I agree w/ Lizzie about WVU. We have a growing Chinese department. Also, we have a growing Critical Language Scholarship participation rate. Three classmates and I have been elected to study abroad with CLS in the past three years!! We have also had two students receive China's People to People Scholarship to study Chinese. On top of that we are gaining more and more study abroad programs within China and Taiwan!

grace, March 26, 2012, 9:58p.m.

# 12.   

We are the biggest Chinese language school in Beijing, China. We have a 1 month scholarship program for American students. 1 month summer camp from Jun 26 - July 22 . Everything is covered in the scholarship ( Tuition, dorm accommodation, meals, city tours and airport transfers) the student just have to pay for their airfare, visa fee and insurance. Applicant must be a US citizen and must be between 15-25 years old.

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Bicc, March 30, 2012, 11:15p.m.

# 13.   

Brigham Young University should be on the list. It has arguably the best undergrad Chinese program in the country, which is why NSEP chose BYU as the first school to test the Flagship Program model. A large student body of return missionaries that speak OPI level 2 Mandarin before even taking classes makes for a very fast paced learning environment.

Jim, January 2, 2013, 12a.m.

# 14.   

Does anyone know of any good Chinese programs in Sydney, Australia? Thanks!

Shannon, January 16, 2013, 2:11a.m.

# 15.   

Thank you for posting this. However, the majority of these universities are nearly impossible to get into without being a renaissance-human or having vast financial resources. I am studying Chinese at my current university, but am dissatisfied with the limited depth of the program. I intend to study in China for a whole academic year, but also wish to transfer to another school when I return to the US. Does anyone know of moderately competitive universities that have strong Chinese programs, preferably in the region of Chicago? I have a job I'd like to pursue in the city while continuing working towards my degree.

Ian, March 19, 2013, 12:55a.m.

# 16.   

Have you tried some of the online sites for Chinese learners? eg Many of these have regular blogs/twitter feeds etc and might complement the course you are doing. If you play around on twitter you'll soon find there are lots of links for Chinese learners. You can follow the ones you like, and they are free.

Helen Wang, March 21, 2013, 8:36a.m.

# 17.   

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Runwan Ting, May 11, 2013, 3:09p.m.

# 18.   

Cornell's amazing CAPS program

Runwan Ting, May 11, 2013, 3:10p.m.

# 19.   

Looking for good graduate school in Chinese

Daniel Selover, May 22, 2013, 5:18p.m.

# 20.   

Looking for good graduate school in Chinese

Daniel Selover, May 22, 2013, 5:18p.m.

# 21.   

Middlebury College might have a better program than any of the Ivies listed above.

Mariah , December 5, 2013, 9:34a.m.

# 22.   

Certainly many options out there. If the aim is to achieve proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese (and the prestige of a degree is not the goal) then the best way to achieve this is to spend a few years immersed in study in China.

+1 to Mariah's comment about Middlebury.

Brandon @ SmartIntern, December 8, 2013, 3:56a.m.

# 23.   

I'd also echo those above and say that West Virginia University's program should be added, both for its strength of curriculum as well as to balance the list out a bit (Ivy Leagues are overly represented IMO).

Brandon @ SmartIntern, December 8, 2013, 4a.m.

# 24.   

I apologize for the probably stupid question, but do you know where I can find the same list but with regards to university in china? I am in Shanghai at the moment for a double degree program in IT, but I have discovered that I am truly addicted to chinese learning, so after I graduate (in a week), I'd like to find the best university in China (taught in Chinese) where I could study Chinese Literature.

阿绿, December 21, 2013, 10:27a.m.

# 25.   

I apologize for the probably stupid question, but do you know where I can find the same list but with regards to university in china? I am in Shanghai at the moment for a double degree program in IT, but I have discovered that I am truly addicted to chinese learning, so after I graduate (in a week), I'd like to find the best university in China (taught in Chinese) where I could study Chinese Literature.

阿绿, December 21, 2013, 10:48a.m.

# 26.   

North Georgia also has a fantastic program.

matt smith, December 22, 2013, 6:46p.m.

# 27.   

What should be my target school I have four years of Chinese and have been to China once. This summer I will be completing a 6 wk imm program at Middlebury College

John McConville, March 10, 2014, 10:16p.m.

# 28.   

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Rohit Bansal, March 10, 2014, 10:37p.m.

# 29.   

@阿绿, I am currently at Northeast Normal University in Changchun studying a masters in Chinese lit. It's a great university, but probably not the best. If you're looking for "prestige" in China look at Beijing Normal University, Fudan University in Shanghai, Sun Yat San University in Guangzhou for Chinese lit.

Lehyla, May 29, 2014, 7:32p.m.

# 30.   

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Monica Weintraub, August 11, 2014, 3:02a.m.

# 31.   

This list is cursory, and the descriptions of many listings are inaccurate. The University of Virginia has had Chinese studies for decades, with a competitive language program in the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and 15 faculty teaching Chinese literature, anthropology, politics, history, architecture, art history, religious studies, and media studies. Yale University has had Chinese studies for a lot more than 10 years (I taught there for 10 years beginning 20 years ago, and it should probably be more like 100 years). Berkeley is only listed as the host of the Inter-University Program (IUP), which it isn't anymore and which should have its own entry anyway. Berkeley has an enormous Chinese studies program, including a Center for Chinese Studies, which not so many universities in the US have. To just list the egregious omissions, University of Chicago, University of Minnesota (my alma mater), Washington University of St. Louis, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Irvine, USC, University of Michigan (the hq of the Association for Asian Studies), Univeristy of Oklahoma (Chinese Literature Today and the Newman Prize), Middlebury College (including its famous summer intensive language program and all of its excellent language campuses in China), Notre Dame, Princeton, Columbia, Duke, UNC, Penn State, U Penn, Rutgers, Wellesley, Wesleyan . . . I'm probably leaving several important ones out myself, but this is a start at least.

Charles A. Laughlin, November 20, 2016, 10:01a.m.


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