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Mandarin Chinese, which is spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world's population and has more native speakers than any other language, not only represents a rich cultural heritage but is ranked the most useful business language after English, according to a Bloomberg survey.

China, which boasts the world's second largest economy, is poised to assume an even greater role in world leadership in coming years, making knowledge of its language and culture a valuable asset. As one of the world's oldest civilizations, China and its language offer a vast range of possibilities for research.

Chinese Program

Great Wall of China.

East Asian Studies Minor

The Minor in East Asian Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the languages, politics, society, and cultures of countries in East Asia.

Resources For You

  • Student Organizations

    Learn more about the benefits of involvement in a registered student organization.

  • Chinese Faculty

    Meet the professors and professionals with whom you will be working.

Explore Your Options

  • Earn Free Credit Hours

    If you took this language in high school, you may be able to begin at a higher level of this language at ISU, making you eligible to earn four to eight hours credit for free. This can amount to more than $2,000 in savings.

    Email us with questions about placement.
  • Partner with Us

    If you love this language and culture as much as we do, let’s chat. We’re happy to visit high school classrooms, show you around our space, and come up with new ideas to celebrate and pass on this language and culture.

    Email Laura Edwards to start a conversation.

Chinese Alumni

Robert Frankel

"The Chinese language and culture captures a true interest of mine and has taught me so much. It has differentiated me from the rest and has given me true value and knowledge."

— Robert Frankel
took Chinese courses as an international business minor