Welcome to the Chinese Studies Program at UCSD 



Chinese Studies at UCSD is an interdisciplinary program offering both a major and minor program that fosters an understanding of China with an emphasis on contemporary and historical research.

Students in the Chinese Studies Program will acquire valuable linguistic, cultural, political, historical, and artistic knowledge of China that will help them to succeed in their future careers. By coordinating with different departments across the university, students are able to see and learn about China from a variety of perspectives.

Chinese Studies offers intensive Mandarin Chinese language courses. The Chinese language program consists of rigorous language courses that are designed to complement a student’s linguistic background with Mandarin Chinese. Students will master the complexities of the language through expert instruction from our skilled lecturers.

UC San Diego hosts one of the strongest programs on modern Chinese culture and society in the United States, with particular interest in religion, popular culture and film.  With study abroad opportunities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, students have the chance to explore Chinese culture and language while taking courses to help them complete their degree.

Click here to learn more about the major and minor requirements for Chinese Studies.

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Chinese Language Placement Information

Learn Chinese at UCSD!

Interested in taking a Chinese language course at UCSD?

Follow these instructions to set up your in-person placement interview! 

Placement Interviews begin on September 25th!


The Photography of Norman Spencer: An Exhibit
Geisel Library, Exhibit on display unil November 1st
Event Info here

The Chinese Typewriter & The Future of IT
with Thomas Mullaney from Stanford University
Geisel Library, November 5th at 3:00pm
Event Info here

San Diego Asian Film Festival 
Hosted by Pacific Arts Movement, showcasing Asian cinema, with films from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and many others and the Taiwan Film Showcase from November 12-14 at Price Center Theater
Film Festival from November 9th - 18th
Event info here

Student Advising

Office Hours

in HSS 1009

Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Office Hours


Click on the Calendar image to view Office Hours for CHIN Lecturers and

TAs or here