The Center for Language Studies has been offering Chinese for more than twenty-five years. Our program strikes the perfect balance between fostering oral immersion and building a strong foundation in reading and writing. During seven weeks students live in Chinese, speaking to their teachers and peers in class, at meal times, during cultural excursions and activities. A significant amount of time is also devoted to learning to read and write Chinese characters, as they can open up doors to broad areas of Chinese culture. For over three thousand years, Chinese characters have played and continue to play a significant role in Chinese culture through art, history, and philosophy.
Thanks to our proximity to Chicago’s vibrant Chinatown, our Chinese program can participate in cultural events like the Chicago Dragonboat Festival, attend Chinese variety performances, and eat at authentic restaurants. Past cultural events have included a calligraphy workshop hosted by Andy Chan, the President of the Chinese Artists Association of North America, and demonstrations by the Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company.