Chinese: Your passport to new career opportunities

Chinese is spoken by 1.2 billion people today, making it one of the most useful languages to learn. It is one of the 5 official languages of the United Nations, and one of the 7 languages critical to national security.

A new star in the global economy, China has become one of the largest markets in the world, its development creating business opportunities of a lifetime. With China as Florida's largest trade partner in the world outside of Latin America and with Florida being the biggest transshipment base for Chinese products to Latin America, local business opportunities are abundant, stimulating the need for local professionals to learn Chinese.

With 5,000 years of history there are many subjects at FIU that you can begin exploring today:

  • Chinese Literature
  • Chinese Cinema
  • Chinese History
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Chinese Religion
  • Chinese Food
  • Chinese Culture
  • Calligraphy
  • Business in China
  • Jobs in China

To have all these opportunities at the palm of your hand take the first step: Learn Chinese at FIU.

Study Abroad

With an abundance of study abroad opportunities, learning the language will be fundamental if you plan to live there. Mastering the Chinese language will open your eyes to a culturally rich world and be the key that opens many doors.

  • Language Courses

    CHI 1130 Chinese I (5 Credits). Provides introduction to the Chinese language. Focuses on all four aspects of language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), with an emphasis on the former two.

    CHI 1131 Chinese II (5 Credits). A continuation of CHI 1130. Focuses on vocabulary and sentences that are more complex yet practical for daily use.

    CHI 2200 Intermediate Chinese (3 Credits). Provides intermediate training in the application of the language. Prerequisites: One year prior study at college level or permission of the instructor.

    CHI 2201 Intermediate Chinese II (3 Credits). A continuation of CHI 2200. Students at the end of this course will have completed the language aspect of the requirement for the Certificate in Chinese Studies, and are able to speak and read Chinese at the intermediate level. Prerequisites: CHI 2200 or permission of the instructor.

    CHI 3400 Intermediate Chinese Conversation (3 Credits). Students focus on honing their conversational and presentational skills. Topics include buy may not be limited to Chinese idioms, food, music, politics and entertainment in China.

    CHI 3440 Business CHinese (3 credits). Designed for students who have successfully completed CHI 2201 or CHI 3400 and are eager to enhance their cultural communication skills in Chinese. Emphasis will be placed on Chinese business etiquette and aural/oral proficiency. Prerequisites: CHI 2201 or CHI 3400 or permission of the instructor.

    CHI 4930 Special Topics (3 Credits). Topics will be selected to meet academic needs for students doing research on Chinese language.

    FOL 3930 HSK Preparatory Course (3 Credits). This course prepares students to take the Chinese Proficiency Test known as the HSK.

  • Culture Courses

    ASN 3016 China Then and Now (3 Credits). Examination of China, focusing on its culture, history, religion, and societal life.

    ASN 3200 Asia Through Films (3 Credits). Overview of Asian culture, history, and society through Asian cinema.

    ASN 3410 Introduction to East Asia (3 Credits). An overview of East Asia from traditional to modern times including the interaction among Asian cultures as well as between Asia and the world.

    ASN 4404 History of China (3 Credits). Examines Chinese politics, ideas, economics and society from the 19th Century to the present. Impact of European imperialism, decline and fall of the Qing dynasty, Nationalist and Communist Revolutions, women, modernization, and democracy movement are covered.

    CHT 3502 Chinese Culture and Society (3 Credits). To give students successful knowledge and well-rounded understanding of the culture and society in China. Lecture will focus in topics such as business, history, sociology, and traditional culture.

  • Summer Abroad Courses

    CHI 3440 Business Chinese (3 Credits). Introduces the culture, economy, and commerce of present-day China. Emphasis will be placed on various business situational dialogues and communicative writing.

    CHI 3955 Foreign Study: Language and Culture (3 Credits). Four-week full-time study of Chinese language and culture (3 credit equivalent) in China. Prerequisite: Admission into the study abroad program in China.