“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
- Chinese proverb.
Mandarin Chinese has over 800 million native speakers -- more than any other language in the world. Worldwide, Mandarin has more than 1.2 billion speakers, which means that one fifth of the world's population speaks Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, China is one of the largest trading partners with the United States and China has the second largest economy in the world. In whatever field you study and in whatever career you choose, a knowledge of Chinese language and culture will help you succeed.
Why study Chinese at Webster University?
- Learn in China. With Mandarin becoming more popular to learn, it is important to find a program that adjusts to real world expectations and conditions. Webster University not only teaches Mandarin at the beginner level, but we also provide the opportunity to get real life experience. Go beyond the classroom and participate in the Beijing Language and Culture University Exchange program, or short term hybrid courses led by our experienced faculty.
- Exchange programs. Webster offers exchange programs in Beijing, giving you a fantastic opportunity through our partnership with the Beijing Language and Culture University.
- Relevant understanding of China. Students will find an excellent opportunity to explore Chinese history, culture, business, and technology through the Asian Emphasis in the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. With both thematic and regional studies, students will gain an applicable understanding of the Modern Chinese world.
Clubs & Social Media
Society of International Languages and Cultures: SILC hosts multiple entertaining and culturally-focused events throughout the school year, and every event is open for anyone to attend.
Chinese Student Association: The CSA facilitates friendship and cultural exchange between its members and the community of Webster University.
Confucius Institute: Sponsored by the Hanban, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Education, and operated by the Chinese government, the Confucius Institute promotes the cross-cultural spread of Chinese language and culture. The Confucius Institute first came to Missouri in 2008 and was awarded the 2013 Confucius Institute of the Year. Want to take part? Join their many events, programs with seminars hosting guest speakers and a volunteer teacher program, and outreach community programs for elementary and community work.