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Welcome to the Chinese Program in UMD's School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Explore Chinese

Degree Programs

Undergraduate Degrees in Chinese

The Chinese program offers both a major and a minor.

Special Programs and Centers

Related Programs and Research Centers

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Faculty and Staff

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About The Chinese Program

The Chinese major provides the training and cultural background needed for entering East Asia-related careers in such fields as higher education, the arts, business, government, international relations, agriculture, or the media. Students may also consider a double major in Chinese and another discipline, such as business, international relations, economics, or journalism.

Our two Chinese minors provide more skeletal training in Chinese language or culture.

Our Chinese majors and minors have won 60 national scholarships since 2009, including 21 Gilman, 11 Fulbright, five Boren, four Freeman Asia, and one NSF.

Advising and Courses

Advising and Placement

The Chinese Program undergraduate advisor is available for consultation about any aspect of your study of Chinese. To ensure that you have fulfilled all the requirements for graduation, the department recommends that every Chinese major confer with the advisor at registration time each semester.

Office hours are posted in Jiménez 1104.

Advisor: Guling Hu

Office: 4223 Jimenez Hall

Phone: 301-405-0411

The College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) Office of Student Affairs provides college advising for all ARHU undergraduates in 1120 Francis Scott Key Hall. 

Placement in Chinese courses

All students wishing to register for a course in our program must take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT), an online exam designed to measure foreign language proficiency.

For more information regarding placement testing, see the College of Arts and Humanities FLPT website.



See the Undergraduate Catalog for a full list of our course offerings and Testudo for our current courses.

Program Director

Minglang Zhou

Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Professor and Program Director, Chinese
Program Director, Center for East Asian Studies

(301) 405-2855

Program Advisor

Guiling Hu

Senior Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Senior Lecturer and Advisor, Chinese

(301) 405-4541