Welcome to Chinese Studies at UC San Diego   


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 language faculty.

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.


Interested in taking a Chinese language course at UCSD?

Complete a placement interview with a Chinese Studies Faculty Member to start! Available during regularly scheduled office hours.

Chinese Studies language courses fulfill many language and general education requirements, so check the calendar to plan for your interview!

Click on the link below for instructions on how to complete your placement interview.

Placement Interview Instructions

CHIN 10CN: First Year Chinese, Non-Native Track
CHIN 10CD: First Year Chinese, Dialect Track
CHIN 10CM: First Year Chinese, Mandarin Track

CHIN 20CN: Second Year Chinese, Non-Native Track

CHIN 20CD: Second Year Chinese, Dialect/Mandarin Track

CHIN 100CN: Third Year Chinese, Non-Native Track

CHIN 169B: Medical Chinese - 
Beneficial for Biology majors, Public Health majors, Chemistry & Biochemistry majors, and Psychology majors. 

Not contiguous with CHIN 169A - Please see a Chinese language instructor to receive course placement

CHIN 165A: Business Chinese
Beneficial for International Studies majors (Business & Economics), Economics majors, and Business minors.