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Chinese is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken by over one billion people as their native tongue. Most common among the five major regional forms of Chinese is “Mandarin” (Putonghua / Guoyu) which is based upon the Beijing dialect and is the official language of both the PRC and Taiwan. The written language is the same for all varieties of Chinese.  An FLL specialization in Chinese Studies develops proficiency in Chinese language and acquaints students with the literature and cultural history of China. Courses are also available for those interested in business Chinese, film, and women’s studies.

This major provides students with the foundation for further work at the graduate level in East Asian studies or allied fields (linguistics, history, religion, and art history). An FLL – Chinese Specialization major is excellent general preparation for entry to professional schools (medicine, law), foreign service, diplomacy, translation, business, import and export of information and culture, museums and libraries, tourism, and the like.

Learn more about the FLL – Chinese Specialization.
Learn more about the Chinese Studies Minor .

News / Announcements

Exit Requirements for Chinese Majors

IMPORTANT DATES: (Tests will be at Language Lab located in 1341 Turlington Hall)

All Chinese majors must take an exit exam and submit a self-selected paper before being certified to graduate.

Registration deadline for the exit exam (STAMP Test) is November 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm for both fall and spring semester exam dates:

  • Fall 2018 Exam Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018. Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Spring 2019 Exam Date: Thursday, April 26, 2019. Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Please download both the Chinese Language Exit Exam Registration Form 2018-19 and the STAMP4S Test Taker Guide (PDF).  Please consult the following link for more information about the STAMP 4S: https://stamp4ssample.avantassessment.com/stamp4spractice/do/login.

Please download the Self-Selected Paper Submission Form and submit it along with your paper to the Chinese Undergraduate Coordinator by e-mail

If you have any questions about the self-selected paper, please e-mail Dr. Ying Xiao at yx241@ufl.edu.
For questions about the STAMP exit exam please e-mail Elinore Fresh at efresh@ufl.edu

Chinese Placement Test

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Chinese language courses require a placement test administered by the department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Testing dates will be: Thursday, August 23, 2018 OR Friday, August 24, 2018 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in 1317 Turlington Hall- Language Learning Lab.

Chen Xiangmei Award 2018

For this award, please contact EAC scholarship advisor: Dr. Richard G. Wang for details at rwang1@ufl.edu

Application deadline is March 19, 2019 at 4:00PM.

For further information, click on the following link:

Calligraphy Display at Shanghai

This summer four of Ruth Sheng’s students’ work from her calligraphy class of 08 were selected and exhibited in an International Faculty-Student calligraphy Exhibtion at the Confucius Temple in Shanghai. The exhibition includes total 100 pieces of calligraphy and painting. It was sponsored by the Association of Chinese Calligraphy and Art in Shanghai in collaboration with Confucius Classroom in Denver, Colorado. Currently those four students calligraphy pieces are on loan showing in the Calligraphy Exhibition at Colorado College.

UF student Brian Borse won first place in a Chinese speech competition in Taiwan

Brian Brose, a former Chinese major from UF is currently studying Chinese language in Mandarin Center, National Taiwan Normal University. He recently won the first place out of 70 contestants in “The 36th Foreign Students’ Chinese Speech Competition” sponsored by the National Dr. Sun Yet-sen Memorial Hall. He plans to pursue a graduate degree in Chinese Literature in Taiwan.