Education Abroad for
Chinese Language Majors
Globalize Your Education
Chinese language majors are highly encouraged to study abroad. Participating in study abroad is an ideal way to add a global perspective to your Chinese language major through first-hand experience living and studying in another country and culture. Studying abroad can also help accelerate learning the Chinese language by gaining exposure to local speech patterns both inside and outside of the classroom.
Review the resources here to first help decide how an international experience can fit into your degree plan. It is important to work with your Undergraduate Advisor and an Education Abroad advisor early on in the application process to make sure that you are choosing the best program to fit your goals and meet major requirements.
Why Study Abroad?
When you step out of a familiar environment and engage with another society, where cultural, political, and academic perspectives differ from the U.S., it can greatly enhance your perspective by placing domestic issues and experiences within an international context. It helps participants negotiate differences, listen to and learn from new viewpoints, and adapt to unfamiliar situations. The changed perspective students gain from studying abroad helps make them better informed global citizens, and they are often more competitive for employment, fellowships, and graduate school.
You can Afford to Study Abroad!
Receiving FAFSA? All subsidized & unsubsidized Stafford Loans will automatically work on your study abroad program!
Veteran? Use your Veterans Benefits to help cover the cost of your program fee!
Pell Grant Recipient? Not only can you use your Pell Grant, but you are also eligible for the Gilman Scholarship, worth up to $5,000!
Need Scholarships? The PSU Ed Abroad office offers scholarship workshops every term and has a multitude of resources online for students on a budget. Come meet with us so we can talk about awards ranging from $500 - $10,000.
My main goals for my time at National Sun Yat-Sen University's Chinese Learning Center were to further my knowledge of Mandarin Chinese and to become familiar with Taiwanese culture. I feel confident that the program has not only greatly improved my Mandarin speaking abilities but has also offered many opportunities to learn about local Taiwanese traditions. I can now converse with my father and other family members in Mandarin Chinese while also having a deeper understanding for our shared culture.
- Leah Cheung, International/Global Studies.
Program: PSU Taiwan: Kaohsiung, National Sun Yat-Sen University (CLC)
Which Education Abroad Programs Work Well for Chinese language Majors?
The programs listed below are recommended because they offer the largest number and range of courses relevant to Chinese language majors.
CIEE Accelerated Chinese Language Program in Shanghai, China
CIEE Advanced Chinese Studies Program in Beijing, China
CIEE Business, Language, and Culture Program in Shanghai, China
CIEE China in a Global Context Program in Shanghai, China
CIEE Intensive Chinese Language Program in Beijing, China
CIEE Summer Accelerated Chinese Language Program in Shanghai, China
CIEE Summer Intensive Chinese Language in Beijing, China
CIEE Summer Internship in Shanghai, China
IE3 Global Internships
PSU Direct Enroll China: Zhengzhou, Zhengzhou University
PSU Exchange Taiwan: Kaohsiung, National Sun Yat-Sen University
USAC China: Chinese Language and Culture Studies in Chengdu
USAC China: Chinese Language and International Business Studies in Shanghai
Don't see a program that works for you? Click here for the complete list of programs.
Ready to take the Next Step?
Attend an Ed Abroad 101 session to learn more about studying abroad at PSU. These are 30 minute sessions offered when classes are in session. They cover the application process and direct you to next steps.