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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Languages & Literatures



Study Abroad

Students of the Chinese program at the University of Denver are encouraged to study abroad in China. DU has partnered with a variety of exceptional Chinese study abroad programs:

  • You could study at the Chinese Studies Institute at Beijing University, China's most historical and prestigious university. Here you can choose between a language immersion or non-immersion program. There are also limited opportunities for homestay available.
  • The Alliance for Global Education program at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics is another great choice. This non-immersion program offers a broad range of business courses that are taught in English.
  • Through the CIEE Study Center at Nanjing University, you have your choice between an immersion or non-immersion program.

Through the Cherrington Global Scholars program, every eligible junior or senior has the chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity. To see currently offered programs, and for general information, visit the Cherrington Global Scholars website.


Prior to studying abroad, students are advised to complete two years of Chinese language courses (through CHIN 2003).

While up to 12 quarter hours of transfer credit from an accredited study abroad program can be counted toward the minor, students must still take their last Chinese course at the University of Denver. This final course should be an advanced content-based course.

For study abroad advising and course approvals, contact the Chinese study abroad adviser listed below.


Li Li Peters
Associate Professor of Chinese
Sturm Hall, Room 345
Phone: 303-871-6663


Nicole in BeijingName: Nicole
Location: Beijing, China

"I had an absolutely amazing study abroad experience in China! I loved my classes, professors, and classmates, and met many native Chinese during my studies. I took classes in Mandarin, Chinese history, Chinese sociology and rural economics, and interned twice a week at an environmental protection NGO.

Because trains are so cheap and convenient, friends and I traveled almost every weekend both in and outside of Beijing. At the end of the semester, I was part of a folk cover band. While we traveled, we made a documentary of our street performances, complete with interviews of Chinese viewers about their perceptions of American folk songs.

After studying abroad, I felt confident in my Chinese language skills and cultural awareness to pursue research grants for further study in China. I was awarded three university grants to conduct research on organic farms around Beijing. Such an opportunity would not be possible without the skills and connections I acquired during my study abroad experience."

Linda in BeijingName: Linda
Location: Beijing, China
Duration: One year

"Being able to study abroad in Beijing, China was the opportunity of a lifetime. Enrolled in a language intensive program during my junior year, my Chinese language skills not only improved drastically, but I was also able to travel all over the country and truly experience the culture. I traveled to northern China to cities like Manzhouli and Harbin. I was even able to stand at the border between China and North Korea. During my second semester, our program took us to the south in Kunming where I spent my 21st birthday boating on the Mekong River. I even managed a short weekend trip to Shanghai!

Through my study abroad program I was also able to meet and make friends with so many people from all over the world. I'll never forget the adventures I was able to share with that amazing group of people. Studying abroad not only proved to be an invaluable aspect of my education, but it also made for an unforgettable life experience."

Jay in ShanghaiName: Jay
Location: Shanghai, China
Duration: One quarter

"My study abroad experience was one of the greatest experiences that I have had at DU. I studied in Shanghai, China for one quarter. This was an immersive experience in Chinese culture. Not only did my Chinese improve significantly, but I also gained a deep understanding and relationship with the Chinese culture.

Studying abroad was also an excellent opportunity for me to travel and explore different cities in China. The variety of food in China is extensive, and since coming back, I have missed the authentic Chinese food."