Welcome to the  Middlebury College Chinese Department

If you want to learn to speak, understand, write and read Mandarin at a high level of proficiency that will allow you to live and work in an entirely Chinese language environment—or if you want to study the world’s most widely spoken and written first language simply for its intrinsic beauty and interest—Middlebury has what you need.

The Chinese Department offers courses in Mandarin Chinese language from the beginning to the advanced level and courses taught in English on Chinese literature, culture and linguistics.  Many Middlebury students of Mandarin attend a session of the summer Chinese School and also spend part or all of the junior year  at one of the College’s three School in China sites.

The Chinese Department offers a major in Chinese literature, but at Middlebury the study of the Mandarin Chinese language may be combined with any other academic pursuit, and on the Middlebury faculty are China specialists in the fields of Anthropology, Art History, History, Linguistics, Literature, Political Science, and Religion, all of whom participate in the East Asian Studies track of the International and Global Studies Program.