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The Chinese Program offers a full set of Chinese language courses, ranging from beginner-level Chinese language courses to advanced content courses taught in Chinese in the areas of literature, history, and society. Learners also receive one-on-one interactive training to enhance their Chinese language ability.

By taking our courses you will learn from our expertise. Our courses include topics such as:

  • Literature (especially plays, popular literature, and elite poetry)
  • Chinese thinking and religious practices (Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism)
  • Print Culture
  • Cultural History
  • Linguistics
  • and Language Acquisition. 

In addition to regular undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas, the Chinese Flagship Program provides content courses taught in Chinese to advanced students.  Students in the Chinese Flagship are required to do an internship in China as the capstone of their B.A. degree; moreover, many other Chinese majors and minors include courses taken in China as part of their degree programs.  With China’s rise, there are now more diverse ways of utilizing your knowledge of Chinese language and culture.

Our students have either gone on to graduate school or pursued careers in diverse fields, including:

  • international business,
  • military and diplomatic service,
  • engineering,
  • NGO humanitarianism,
  • investments,
  • and many more

Chinese opens a huge area of opportunities to almost any career. Beyond the growing opportunities that have accompanied China’s rise economically and internationally, as well as the advantage of learning Chinese language and having cultural experiences in China, our China content courses help you develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, and writing, etc., that are of crucial importance to employers in the public and private sectors.

The Chinese Program has established a joint degree with the Business School, but other students from a wide range of disciplines pair their Chinese degree with:

  • life sciences
  • history 
  • religious studies
  • philosophy
  • finance
  • engineering

You can relate the Chinese language to anything you might want to study! Talk to our advisors about how you can begin your personalized Chinese Program.

The Language Flagship

The Language Flagship is a national effort to change the way Americans learn languages. Flagship funds a number of institutions including Arizona State University (ASU) to offer language programs in critical languages for undergraduate students such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Designed as a network of programs, The Language Flagship seeks to graduate students who will take their place among the next generation of global professionals, commanding a superior level of proficiency in one of many languages critical to U.S. competitiveness and security.

The Language Flagship is a public/private partnership sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) of the Department of Defense and administrate by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Government or IIE and no official Government or IIE endorsement should be inferred.

Click here to download a Flagship scholarship application form.

ASU Chinese Language Flagship Center
West Hall Room 205
Arizona State University
PO Box 871202
Tempe, AZ 85287-1202

Email: Chinese.Flagship@asu.edu
Phone: 480-965-7184
Fax: 480-965-8317

Stephen R. Bokenkamp (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1986) specializes in the study of medieval Chinese Daoism, with a special emphasis on its literatures and its relations with Buddhism. He is author of Early Daoist Scriptures and Ancestors and Anxiety as well as over thirty-five articles and book chapters on Daoism and literature. Among his awards are the Guggenheim Award for the Translation of a medieval Daoist text and a National Endowment for the Humanities Translation grants. In addition to his position at Arizona State, he has taught at Indiana University, Stanford University, and short courses for graduate students at Princeton and Fudan Universities. He was also part of the National 985 project at the Institute of Religious Studies, Sichuan University from 2006-2013. 柏夷(加州大學伯克萊分校博士,1986年)教授,專長于中國六朝隋唐道教史,特別關注中古道教文獻和佛道關係。在其漫長的學術生涯中,他出版了《早期道教經典》和《祖先與焦慮》兩部專著以及超過三十五篇學術論文。他的研究貢獻為其贏得了許多榮譽和獎項,比如古根海姆獎、美國國家人文基金會基金等等。除了在亞利桑那州立大學任教之外,他此前曾任教于印第安納大學、斯坦福大學,並在普林斯頓大學、復旦大學為研究生開設短期密集討論班。他也是2006-2013年四川大學國家九八五項目工程特聘海外專家。
Huaiyu Chen received his Ph.D. in East Asian Religions from Princeton. Since 2008 he has taught Buddhism and Chinese Religions at ASU. He has published many articles and books on Buddhist and Christian history in mediaeval China, focusing on manuscripts, rituals, animals, and material culture.
Robert Joe Cutter is a native of Yuma, Arizona. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Arizona . In 1983, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. From 1983 until 2005, he was a professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is founding director of the School of International Letters & Cultures at Arizona State University and past president of the American Oriental Society. His primary field of teaching and research is early medieval Chinese literature (especially Jian’an literature) and the history of the Three States period.
Jianling Liao focuses her study on L2 spoken and written interlanguage development from linguistic and cognitive perspectives, as well as CMC-based L2 learning. She is also interested in the assessment of L2 speaking and writing abilities, and language acquisition in study abroad settings. At ASU she teaches Chinese as a Second Language seminar and Chinese language courses at various levels.
Xiaoqiao Ling earned her Ph.D. in Chinese Literature at Harvard. She specializes in early modern Chinese literature and culture. She teaches survey courses on traditional Chinese literature, introduction to Chinese civilization, and upper-division topic based courses on classical Chinese fiction, performance literature, and urban culture.
Young Kyun Oh graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics after his M.A. degree in philosophy at Sogang University, Seoul, Korea. His research interests are in two areas: Sino-Korean comparative historical phonology and the cultural connection between China and Korea. In his on-going research, he works on traces of Old Chinese linguistic strata fossilized in vernacular Korean, on which he has presented and published several papers. He has also worked on the Sino-Korean cultural connection with a special focus on print history and book culture, and has published the Engraving Virtue: the Print History of a Premodern Moral Primer (Brill, 2013) regarding the print history of the _Samgang Haengsil-to_ [Illustrated Guide to the Three Relations], a Choson Korean (1398-1910) moral primer .
Hoyt Tillman (田浩)has taught Chinese Cultural History at ASU since receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1976. In addition to five years in China for extensive research supported by American Foundations and Fulbright Fellowships, he was the first Sinologist to receive the Alexander von Humboldt (Senior Research) Prize (Humboldt-Forschungspreise) in 2000, which also provided a year of research in Munich, Germany. In addition to special lectures at numerous Chinese universities and international conferences, he has also been an honorary visiting professor at Beijing University, Renmin University of China, and National Taiwan University. His special interest is exploring Chinese thinking and cultural diversity – especially within the Confucianism which many people have perceived as monolithic and static. He enjoys discussing such themes with students. Most of his books and articles revolve around these themes.
Xia Zhang , senior lecturer in Chinese received her Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Alberta, Canada, and her BA in Sichuan University, China. She started her career in Chinese language instruction in 1995. Since she joined ASU in 2002, she has offered various undergraduate Chinese language courses as well as two graduate courses. Besides teaching, Dr. Zhang has been working as a coordinator of first-year Chinese classes and supervisor of graduate teaching assistants.
Joanne Tsao, lecturer in Chinese, received her PhD. and MA. in Chinese Literature from Arizona State University and her MS. in Education with a focus on TESL from Shenandoah University. Her primary field of research is early medieval and medieval Chinese literature. She teaches Literary Chinese, Chinese language, and topic-based content courses.
Zack Marin graduated in 2014 with a degree in Genetics and completed the Chinese Language Flagship program, after discovering his passion for the language his freshman year at ASU. Over the next four years, Marin completed the flagship program and discovered a new interest in business and consulting during his time abroad in China, as part of the Capstone requirement. He will move to Boston this April and join a leading global management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman.


Chinese Students and Scholars Association The Arizona State University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is a student organization dedicated to the goal of promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities for Chinese students and scholars at Arizona State University as well as other interested members in the ASU community. If you want to keep up with the newest event from CSSA, please follow us on Wechat. Our Wechat ID is ASU-CSSA.

The Chinese English Language Bridge (CELB) is a cultural and linguistic organization for ASU students and alumni to learn and exchange knowledge between the two cultural aspects. Come to our events to practice your language skills (Chinese or English), share your cultural experiences, and meet new friends. If you would like to hear about CELB events, join us on Facebook.

Chinese Undergraduate Student Association represents the Chinese student community at ASU through participation in local community events. Additionally, it provides cultural awareness through education of Chinese history as well as influential current issues. It aides in promoting and coordinating events with both the Chinese community in Phoenix and the Asian community on campus.

Cultural Association of Performing Arts (CAPA) is an organization that strives to promote art forms of various cultures on the ASU campus. There are two sections for CAPA: Dance and Wushu. Dance focuses on the eastern regions of Asia particularly in China and its numerous ethnic minorities. Wushu is a form of performance martial arts that uses weapons as props.

The SILC Attaches Club is a club that brings all languages and cultures from SILC together. People are able to learn about different cultures in a fun way when studying a language. Understanding different cultures is such an important attribute to have, and it is one you can obtain through SILC Attaches. This club creates community events, outreach projects, and plans fun get-togethers.


Startalk Program offers a 15-day intensive residential program for motivated 8th-12th grade students in Arizona. This program provides a great opportunity for both heritage and non-heritage learners to explore and expand their knowledge in Chinese language and culture through a highly structured theme- and task-based curriculum. During the program, students will receive instructions in Chinese language and participate in fun, hands-on cultural activities. After the program, students will commit to continuing their Chinese language learning. The program boasts a living-learning setting, where participants gain first-hand college life experience on the ASU Tempe campus during the summer. All evening activities are monitored and supervised by resident advisors who reside in the residence hall with students. We hope that through this summer camp, high school students will see the value and fun of learning and exploring the language and culture beyond a structured classroom setting and eventually become life-long learners of Chinese language.

 Study Abroad

Our China Program provides a bridge for our students to study abroad at ASU’s comprehensive exchange partner, Sichuan University in Chengdu.  Our students have also studied at numerous other universities, such as Nanjing University, Renmin University of China, Huadong Shifan, Taiwan University. We are now developing an exchange with Beijing Shifan University, which is the renowned host for such programs as Princeton-in-China.  

In partnership with the School of Overseas Study at Sichuan University in China and the ASU Confucius Institute, ASU's School of International Letters and Cultures offers an intensive eight-week Chinese Language summer program at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China.

Institutes and Centers

Confucius Center The Confucius Institute is ASU’s direct response to the need for creating a sustainable, in-depth source of knowledge about China for Arizona citizens. It is the first of its kind in the state. The institute is committed to promoting Chinese language and culture studies in schools as well as throughout the Arizona’s general public. ASU CI was established through a partnership with Sichuan University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education in China. The Institute is part of a global network of Confucius Institutes dedicated to the understanding of the Chinese language and culture around the world.



The ability to speak another language opens up more opporutunities for scholarships and fellowships. Take a look at our SILC scholarshipsASU also offers an extensive database for you to search through and find the right ones to apply for. 

In the Study Abroad Office, Shira Burns (shira.burns@asu.edu) oversees applications to programs. Study Abroad’s deadlines for applying for all programs are September 25th for the spring and February 15th for the fall. ASU financial aid is accepted for all programs on Study Abroad’s approved list.

Here is a list of a few scholarships specific for language:

Fulbright | Boren | Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship | USAC Study Abroad Scholarship | Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Fellowships and Internships

U.S. Department of State has a student internships program through Pathways. 

Thomas Perking Undergraduate and Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

European Union Internships in Europe.

European Union Internship in the United States.

Cultural Embassador Program



Intensive Courses