World Languages & Cultures | Chinese Studies
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Chinese Studies


The Chinese Studies Program offers language courses from elementary through advanced levels and interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Chinese literature, culture and film. All the courses (except Chin 101 and 301) offered by the Chinese Studies Program satisfy both International Perspectives Requirement and Chinese Studies Minor requirement. Other departments offer courses related to Chinese Studies that also satisfy Chinese Studies Minor requirements — Anthropology, Architecture, Geography, History, and Political Science.

The student learning outcomes identified here are based on the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century (National Standards in Foreign Language Education Project). This document, a collaborative effort of nine national foreign language organizations, establishes a context that defines the central role of foreign language in the learning of every student. The standards, as well as our program outcomes and individual course objectives, suggest a paradigm shift in foreign language education that focuses on students’ ability to use the language in authentic situations.




If your first major is in the College of Agriculture, Business, or Engineering then you can get a professionally-focused minor with us.


Visit the ISU Study Abroad Center website to access information regarding their services and university-wide programs. In addition to this central office, each college at Iowa State has its own study abroad office, programs and scholarships to explore. To view these, visit our study abroad page and click on ‘Contact’ to view an interactive campus map, that provides links to all study abroad office pages. To search (and apply for) all study abroad programs, visit isuabroad, click on ‘Programs’, and refine your search (i.e. by city, country, program). NOTE: Study abroad is open to every student, regardless of field of study. Discuss your plans with your academic adviser as well as study abroad advisers on campus to plan your journey.

Studying Abroad can enhance a student’s undergraduate experience greatly. Currently the Department of World Languages and Cultures offers a Semester/Academic Year study abroad program to Lanzhou Jiaotong University, in Lanzhou, China (Gansu Province). Read more about the program here.

Study Chinese in China on Full Scholarship

Want to study abroad but have some financial concerns? Consider this opportunity

  • Study on full Chinese Government Scholarship through the Sino-US Credits Students’ Program (中美人文交流项目).
  • Scholarship covers full tuition, room and board, plus monthly stipend of 2000RMB.
  • Study in Lanzhou Jiaotong University. Official agreement has been signed with ISU.
  • The scholarship supports studying at Lanzhou Jiaotong U. for one semester or one year.
  • Lanzhou, Gansu is a major city in northwestern China with about 4 million people.
  • Gansu is a culturally diverse region with rich cultural heritages (Silk Road, West terminal of the Great Wall, and Mogao Caves).

Contact Professor Tonglu Li at or or Ginger Nally at for more information

Program Scholarship Information Flyer

To search other Iowa State study abroad programs and affiliate programs in China, click here.