Asian Languages and Cultures

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Chinese is spoken by nearly 1.2 billion people across the world. Standard Chinese is the official language in Mainland China and Taiwan. It is also one of the four official languages of Singapore and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. It has become one of the most important international languages with the rise of China in economic and political influence. Knowledge of Chinese language and culture is increasingly valuable to prospective employers in both public and private sectors. The Chinese program at UW-Madison is considered to be one of the best programs in the US, with a reputation for quality and effectiveness. Chinese program faculty members provide expertise in a wide range of fields such as Chinese language pedagogy, linguistics, religion, culture, and literature. Students receive outstanding instruction and close, personal attention from faculty in Chinese courses of all levels.

Majors & Certificates 

Chinese Major, Asian Studies Major, Certificate in Chinese Professional Communication, Certificate in East Asian Studies; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.


Rachel Weiss, (Major and Certificate)

Language Table

Fridays, 4:30-5:30 pm 
2613 Humanities


Live in 中文天地 (Zhongwen Tiandi), the Chinese House in the International Learning Community

Study Abroad 

You can study Chinese in China and Taiwan. Contact International Academic Programs for more information. Additional opportunities are available through the College of Engineering and the Wisconsin School of Business.

Student Organizations 

Consider an internship where you can use Chinese, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

Summer Study Options 

Chinese is frequently offered during the summer. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for detailed course information.