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Please visit the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website or email Professor Yu Feng, Director of Graduate Studies, at yfeng@brandeis.edu.

For information about visas/I-20s, please visit Brandeis' International Students and Scholars Office.

For a comparison of the MTCC vs. the MAT in Secondary Education (Chinese), please use this chart.


Xiwen Lu, Professor in Brandeis' MA in Teaching Chinese

Xiwen Lu received her BA in Chinese language and literature from the PLA University of Foreign Language in China. For her MA, she focused on teaching Chinese as a second language, and attended BLCU, one of the premier institutions in China in the field. Professor Lu taught for two years at the Harvard and Beijing Academy Summer Program (HBA).

Why Brandeis?

Brandeis is a small research university devoted to excellence in both teaching and research, with a strong emphasis on the inter-disciplinary training of graduate students. Our location just outside of the historic, cosmopolitan city of Boston puts cultural, educational, research, and career opportunities at your fingertips. This cultural-plurality approach, which lies at the heart of our Master of Arts Program in Teaching Chinese at the college level (MTCC), is just one of many reasons that Brandeis is a unique and lively home for the program.

Academic Opportunities

  • Brandeis is the only master’s program on the eastern seaboard of the United States that is focused on Chinese language teaching
  • The MTCC employs new theories and practices, enabling undergraduates to reach an advanced level in just 600 hours of class contact — in comparison to the 2,100 hours conventionally needed to learn a foreign language (a more than 70% reduction)


  • The faculty maintain robust international connections with renowned universities that offer teaching Chinese as a foreign language, including Beijing Language and Culture University, National Taiwan Normal University, Tianjin University, and Renmin University of China
  • Professors edified in Chinese history, philosophy, and cultural heritage as a whole serve as exemplars for how to convey Chinese language and culture accurately and effectively in an American classroom

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