Chinese Language Studies

The Chinese Language Program at Princeton is tailored to accommodate both beginning students and those who have familiarity with the language, offering five levels of instruction. The normal sequence for beginners wishing to learn Chinese is either CHI 1001/1002, 102, 105, or CHI 101/102, 105/107, which satisfies the university foreign language requirement. Princeton in Beijing (PIB) offers second to fifth-year Chinese language courses in the summer, during which students can fulfill the equivalent of one year of instruction. Students who wish to place out of the foreign language requirement need to take the Chinese placement test to prove that their Chinese proficiency is above the second-year level (CHI 107).

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Chinese Language Placement Test

Students beginning with no Chinese language study may simply register for the first course in the language sequence (CHI 101 or CHI1001). Students wishing to continue their Chinese language study who have studied elsewhere before coming to Princeton will need to take the Chinese placement test.

Language placement tests for the 2022-2023 Academic Year should be taken between June 15 and July 29 for fall semester and between November 21 and December 2 for spring semester via Canvas. Students who wish to place out of the foreign language requirement in Chinese must place above the second-year level (CHI 107). Currently we do not accept SAT II or AP scores. 

Course of Study

Typically, a student with no experience would take the following courses:
Year 1: Fall Semester: CHI 101 / Spring Semester CHI 102
Year 2: Fall Semester: CHI 105 / Spring Semester CHI 107
Year 3: Fall Semester: CHI 303 / Spring Semester CHI 305
Year 4: Fall Semester: CHI 403 / Spring Semester CHI 404

A student with some language experience takes the equivalent of two language years in the first academic year.
Year 1 and 2: Fall Semester: CHI 103 / Spring Semester: CHI 108
Year 3: Fall Semester: CHI 305 / Spring Semester: CHI 306
Year 4: Fall Semester: CHI 405 / Spring Semester: CHI 406

Chinese Language Table

There are two Chinese language tables each week:

  • Monday (6-7 p.m.): Yeh College Dining Hall
  • Tuesday (5-6 p.m.): Pronunciation clinic on Zoom
  • Wednesday (6-7 p.m.): Whitman College Dining Hall
  • Thursday (5-6pm): Frist 228

For questions about language table or to request the Zoom link please contact Ms. Luanfeng Huang.