Valparaiso University began offering Chinese classes in the early 1990s.

Currently, we offer Beginner and Intermediate Mandarin Chinese, with Third and Fourth-Year Chinese being offered as enrollment demands. In affiliation with the International Studies Department, we offer undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Chinese language, literature, culture, and film. The department and faculty are continually working on new course offerings and program developments.


Students may choose to major in Chinese and Japanese Studies or minor in Chinese. All VU students have the opportunity to study abroad in Hangzhou at Zhejiang University, regardless of level of language. The Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University was established in 2008 and provides tutoring, language partnerships, and cultural programming for the university and the community.

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