Why Study Chinese at New College?

The Chinese Area of Concentration (AOC) at New College is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students linguistically and intellectually to interact with the Chinese world, while introducing them to China's long and rich cultural traditions. It is intensive in its language requirement, which means that starting in your first year you will use as little English as possible. You will also be required to complete seven semesters of sequential Chinese language courses in order to graduate. Advanced students have the opportunity to read original texts in small group tutorials. In addition to offering courses and tutorials in both classical and modern Chinese literature and culture, we encourage interdisciplinary investigation as we push students to take related courses from other disciplines such as history, government and politics, religion and international studies.

Along with the intellectual challenge of our program, you will benefit from a wealth of opportunities available to our students in Chinese.  For example, our faculty have established strong ties to the Confucius Institute at the University of Southern Florida (USF), which offers full scholarships for study abroad in China. We provide interested students with information about the program and assist them with the challenging application processes. We also help current students connect with Chinese AOC alumnae/i so that they can benefit from their past experiences and gain from their knowledge about where to study abroad, as well as where to go for graduate school and work.

Many of our graduates continue to learn Chinese while teaching English in China. Two of our recent graduates teach English at a college in China while another is pursuing a master’s degree in Chinese Studies at Nanjing University with a full scholarship from the USF Confucius Institute.

Study Abroad

We strongly encourage all students in our Chinese program to study abroad in China to enrich their learning experience. While most students do so for a semester, some participate in a year-long study abroad program. Over the past several years, quite a few of our students in Chinese have also earned Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. State Department, through which they have received intensive language training and full funding for summer travel to China. Other students have received fully-funded scholarships through our connections with the Confucius Institute at the University of South Florida.

Placement Test

Please contact Professor Zhang (jzhang@ncf.edu) to schedule a placement test if you are a first-year student or transfer student who has taken Chinese classes prior to enrollment at New College. The placement tests are held during the week before the first day of classes.

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The China Club hosts annual events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year Dumpling Making and Spring Karaoke.

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