Mandarin Chinese Courses

Given our ever-increasing contact with speakers of Chinese, both in the Pacific Northwest and worldwide, Mandarin Chinese is an important language to learn in the 21st century.


When you enroll in Mandarin Chinese courses, you will build your proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing this major world language. You will also investigate Chinese culture and its relationship to the language. Chinese courses are currently available at the 1000 and 2000 levels.

View available Mandarin courses.

Career opportunities

  • Civil service
  • Diplomacy
  • Human rights advocacy
  • International business
  • Linguistics
  • Military

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Study abroad in China

China Fall Global Seminar

You can now fulfill your UCOR 2000 requirement in China. For this 5-credit study abroad course, you will visit two cities: Beijing and Wuhan, with a focus on global interaction since the 15th century. Find out more about the China Fall Global Seminar.

Study abroad courses are also available through Best Semester and USAC China.

Faculty contact

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Alice Lau

Mandarin Chinese Adjunct Instructor

Xu Bian

Why I Teach at SPU

Xu Bian, Assistant Professor of Chinese

I teach at SPU because the community is embracing diversity, becoming more culturally competent, and practicing inclusion. I have long believed that learning a foreign language makes a person more flexible and open to other cultures. My aim is to equip students to be multilingual and have the advantage of seeing the world from different vantage points.

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