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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.

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Exit Requirements for Chinese Majors

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

Information about the exit exam:

    The Exit Exam registration deadline for BOTH fall and spring semesters is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
    The Fall 2019 exam date and time is Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    The Spring 2020 exam date and time is Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    The Language Lab is located in 1341 Turlington Hall.
    Print this registration form and fill it out.  The registration fee is $25.00 per person.  Make your check or money order (NO CASH) payable to “University of Florida.”  In the memo portion of the check, write the test date and “Avant Assessment Chinese Test.”  The check and registration form should be given to Ms. Delores Tillman in 301 Pugh Hall, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures administration office.  You will be given a receipt indicating payment for the Avant Assessment Chinese Test at the time of payment.
  4. STAMP TEST INFORMATION (STAMP4S Test Taker Guide [pdf])
    Please consult the following link for more information about the STAMP 4S:

Information about the Self-Selected Paper:

Please download the Self-Selected Paper Submission Form and send it and your paper by email to the Chinese Undergraduate Coordinator.  If you have any questions about the self-selected paper, please email Dr. Richard Wang at  For answers to questions about the STAMP exit exam, please email Dr. Shu-Han Yeh at

Chinese Placement Test

Beginning, intermediate, and advanced Chinese language courses require a placement test administered by faculty in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.  Upcoming testing dates, times and the testing location will be announced.

Chen Xiangmei Award 2021

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

Application deadline is TBA.

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 2008 were selected and exhibited in an International Faculty-Student calligraphy Exhibition 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.