Welcome to Chinese at Elon

There are nearly one billion native Mandarin Chinese speakers in the world, most of whom live in China, but some are in Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.China currently has the world’s largest population, and is the second largest economy and third largest country by landmass. Due to China’s population and unprecedented economic growth, it has become a central player in international affairs over the past decade.

In addition to being essential in international relations, China offers a business frontier full of opportunities. According to Bloomberg, besides English, Mandarin Chinese is the number one most useful language for business. For anyone wishing to work in business, skills in Mandarin are highly beneficial. Most multinational corporations have major offices in China and many smaller businesses capitalize on the comparative advantage of using Chinese manufacturing.

Many other aspects, such as Chinese culture and politics, are also rising in importance. China has over 4,000 years of history, art and culture, making it one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Its recent social upheaval brought upon by the rapid economic growth offers interesting topics for scholars, such as state control vs. market economies, development vs. environment, traditional values vs. western influence, and create opportunities for students to gain insight into the world.

The study of Mandarin Chinese is vital to success in a career dealing with Chinese politics, economics, business or culture. The State Department has deemed Mandarin Chinese a critical language to the national well being of the United States; thus, mastering this complex language is an advantage in almost any field. In addition to scholarship opportunities, Mandarin Chinese skills can be used for Federal government (State Department), intelligence (CIA, FBI), international organizations (WTO, World Bank) and numerous private sector careers. Take on the challenge and reap the benefits of learning Mandarin Chinese.

The Chinese program at Elon features language and cultural study and study-abroad programs. For more information about the program, including how to take the placement exam, contact the department at (336) 278-5620 or or the Chinese professor Binnan Gao at .

News and Events

Language assessments for new students ONLY - Aug. 28, 29 and additional dates (see link) 

Language assessment exams will be offered for NEW STUDENTS ONLY according to the following schedule. NOTE: For students planning to take the assessment in French, German, Italian, Latin and/or Spanish, in order to guarantee that you have a seat, sign up for an appointment at the following link.  If you just show up, we cannot guarantee you a spot. 

Sign up at least 24 hours before the testing time at


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