New course!

CHIN 126A: Advanced Conversational Chinese
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Professor Jian Wei
T,Th 3:30 PM–4:50 PM

Prerequisite: CHIN 105b or equivalent.

For advanced students of Chinese, this course further develops their Chinese speaking proficiency in both informal and formal styles. The course is conducted entirely in Chinese and is designed for students who want to improve their communicative ability in Chinese. Focuses on significant expansion of vocabularies, grammars, and genuine expressions used by Chinese in their daily life, as well as enhancing students' understanding of Chinese society and culture.

Chinese Table

Wednesdays, 5:45-7 p.m.
Upper Usdan

The Chinese Table is a weekly event where Chinese language learners of all levels meet, eat dinner and practice speaking conversational Chinese for an hour. Chinese faculty will be in attendance for some meetings, so students will have an opportunity to build relationships, as well. Native speakers, staff, and faculty are also welcome to attend!

Message from Clark Soucy, Brandeis Class of 2012

Watch a video message from alumnus Clark Soucy (B.A. '12, Economics and East Asian Studies), who shares (in Mandarin Chinese) how his experience studying Chinese at Brandeis and studying abroad in Shanghai prepared him for a career in China.


The Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese (MTCC) is a one-year program that prepares students to be instructors at the collegiate level within the U.S. education system.

To learn more and submit an application, please visit the MTCC program's website.

Welcome to the Chinese Language Program


Chinese civilization has a history of more than 6,000 years. One-fifth of the world's population—1.5 billion people—speaks Chinese. With the largest population and the fastest growing economy, China is the greatest potential market for the United States. Students who combine the study of Chinese with a major or strong background in history, economics, political science or sociology will be well prepared for graduate and professional programs. Learning Chinese not only satisfies your language requirement, it is also a great skill for a career in government, academics, international relations, international business, journalism, trade, finance, manufacture, law or diplomacy in the 21st century.

The Brandeis Chinese program is a high quality language program.  Besides a full range of regular four levels of modern Chinese instruction from beginning to high advanced, the program also offers business Chinese and classical Chinese, both of which are inarguably the most advanced  in North America.  The curriculum is language proficiency orientated.  The proficiency guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language are the framework for our teaching and learning.  Therefore, students will develop their proficiency in receptive skills as well as productive skills.