Best reasons to answer that Why Study Chinese?
At Boston University we offer a program in Chinese Studies and an Internship Program in Shanghai located at Fudan University, one of the top five Chinese universities. This program gives students the opportunity to spend a semester engaged in an intensive study of the Chinese language and culture in the vibrant city of Shanghai. The program offers two different possibilities: a Chinese Studies track or an Internship track. No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required for the Chinese Studies track, but students will be required to study Chinese in the program. You study two semesters’ worth of Chinese in one term. For the Internship track, five semesters of college-level Chinese language or the equivalent is required.
Each year students and faculty organize a celebration of the Chinese New Year with food and student performances. More than a hundred students participate. There also is a student competition and prize for the best Chinese-English translation, the best short story and the best essay or poem written in Chinese. We also invite guest speakers to talk about China-related topics. The lively Chinese-language club is one of the more active student organizations on campus.