Standard Chinese (also known as Mandarin) is the standard and most widely spoken dialect of the Chinese language. As such, Chinese is essential for Americans interested in doing business, vacationing, or studying in China. As Chinese business people, tourists, and scholars travel to the United States in growing numbers, Americans are also finding Chinese very useful at home.
Join us for practical and enjoyable courses in Chinese. Most courses meet one session per week on the KU Edwards Campus. Want to try out basic conversation in Chinese? Fascinated by Chinese characters and want to learn to read as well as speak Chinese? Try Comprehensive Chinese, our low pressure and fun course series that includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Arts and Folk Traditions of China requires no Chinese language skills and offers hands-on opportunities to experience Chinese calligraphy, Taiji (Tai-chi), brush painting, abacus, and other fascinating traditions of China (not currently offered).
KU Confucius Institute courses are non-credit, and no academic credit is offered through the University of Kansas. For students interested in more advanced, intensive, and academic (for credit) study of the Chinese language, please consider the offerings at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Johnson County Community College, and Kansas State University.