Chinese Language Certificate Program

The Chinese Language Certificate Program is for international students only. This program provide a "language first" educational experience for those seeking to expand their knowledge of ancient and contemporary China in the fields of language, humanities, arts, and even traditional medicine. From a single semester to multi-year program, students can choose a specific level from the three available program levels. All three levels emphasize each learning extent and are comprised of 120 hours of language study over six semesters.

Alternatively, students can create their own program from the core courses Sias offers or even model their track around their home institution's needs. Field trips throughout China are also an integral part of the programs so that upon completion a student will have experienced every day China in addition to gaining a diverse understanding of Chinese history, society, and culture. Regardless of your current Chinese language level or study objectives in China, Sias will help you maximize your experience here and prepare you for a global profession.

The credit hours earned from the Chinese Studies Certificate Programs are transferable to the students' home educational institutions. (Students are recommended to check with their home university for credit equivalency.)

The Chinese language Certificate Program can also help the students to pass the national HSK* Chinese language level exams. (Additional HSK exam preparation courses are also offered independently.)

The HSK is the official Chinese language Proficiency Exam for non-native Chinese speakers. There are three levels of the HSK, and successful passage is used for verifying your professional Chinese language abilities in China.


Chinese Language Certificate Level I
Level I is settled for those with no Chinese learning experience or little experience. Before learning, students never learned Pinyin or Chinese intonation, and never reached fundamental grammar structure. After 2 semesters’ learning, students can grasp about 1000 words, read about 2000 words, with fundamental Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing, and reach the Chinese ability of grade 3 in HSK.
Specific courses are provided as follows:
Fundamental Chinese Ⅰ(20 Credit hours)
•    Comprehensive Chinese
•    Chinese Speaking
•    Chinese Listening
•    Chinese Character
Fundamental Chinese Ⅱ (20 Credit hours)
•    Comprehensive Chinese
•    Chinese Speaking
•    Chinese Listening
•    Chinese Character
*Elective Courses:
Chinese Calligraphy (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Painting (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Folk Songs (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Martial Arts/Kong Fu (2 Credit Hours)
HSK Comprehensive (2 Credit Hours)
HSK Vocabulary (2 Credit Hours)

Chinese Language Certificate Level II
Before learning in level II, students have learned and grasped grammar structure principle, Pinyin and mandarin intonation. After 2 semesters’ learning, students can grasp about 1000 to 2000 words, read about 2000 to 4000 words, with preliminary Chinese listening, speaking, reading and writing, with the ability to communicate in Chinese in daily life, and reach the Chinese ability of grade 5 in HSK. Specific courses are provided as follows:
Intermediate Chinese Ⅰ (20Credit hours)
•    Comprehensive Chinese
•    Chinese Speaking
•    Chinese Listening
•    Chinese Reading
•    Chinese Writing
Intermediate Chinese Ⅱ (20Credit hours)
•    Comprehensive Chinese
•    Chinese Speaking
•    Chinese Listening
•    Chinese Reading
•    Chinese Writing
*Elective Courses:
Chinese Calligraphy (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Painting (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Folk Songs (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Martial Arts/Kong Fu (2 Credit Hours)
HSK Comprehensive (2 Credit Hours)
HSK Vocabulary (2 Credit Hours)

Chinese Language Certificate Level III
Before learning in level III, students have learned and grasped basic Chinese grammar structure and daily expression. After 2 semesters’ learning, students can grasp over 2000 words, read about over 4000 words, with intermediate ability of Chinese listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation, and with the ability of general communication in Chinese, and reach the Chinese ability of grade 6 in HSK. Specific courses are provided as follows:
Advanced Chinese Ⅰ (20Credit hours)
•    Comprehensive Chinese
•    Chinese Speaking
•    Chinese Listening
•    Chinese Reading
•    Chinese Writing
Advanced Chinese Ⅱ (20Credit hours)
•   Comprehensive Chinese
•    Chinese Speaking
•    Chinese Listening
•    Chinese Reading
•    Chinese Writing
*Elective Courses:
Chinese Calligraphy (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Painting (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Folk Songs (2 Credit Hours)
Chinese Martial Arts/Kong Fu (2 Credit Hours)
HSK Comprehensive (2 Credit Hours)
HSK Vocabulary (2 Credit Hours)