Study Abroad (Chinese)

Through the University’s Office of International Programs (OIP), students can choose from a variety of study-abroad destinations for studying the Chinese language.

Options include:

  • California State University (CSU) International Programs (one-year commitment)
  • San Francisco State University Bilateral Exchange Programs (one-semester commitment)

Study Abroad partners in each subject area are listed below. Be sure to check the Office of International Programs website for the latest updates. Note that institutions in mainland China typically offer instruction using simplified Chinese characters, while those in Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional Chinese characters.

Chinese Language

For general Chinese language study, including all levels of Chinese language and linguistics, literature and culture, the Chinese Program recommends Peking University (PKU) in Beijing and National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei. Both are study abroad partners in CSU’s International Program (one-year commitment) and are the top institutions of higher learning in their respective countries. Both are also large, comprehensive research institutions with classes in all subjects and at all levels from undergraduate studies to doctoral seminars.

In addition these two universities, students already possessing advanced-level Chinese language skills have the option of enrolling in the CSU International Programs at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China) and National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan), or in the SFSU Bilateral Program at the City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Translation and Interpretation

For advanced students of Chinese language wishing to specialize in translation and/or interpretation, and students in the Strategic Language Initiative (SLI) Translation-Interpretation Program, the Chinese program recommends the Graduate Institute of Translation and Interpretation (GITI) at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), which provides professional training for Chinese-English and English-Chinese translators and interpreters. Strategic Language Initiative candidates must complete at least 12 units of graduate level translator and/or interpreter training at NTNU, among other requirements, in order to be eligible for the SLI Certificate of Completion.

Teaching Chinese as a Second Language

For proficient speakers of Chinese wishing to become teachers of Chinese as a second language, the Chinese program recommends the teacher training module at the Department of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Taiwan. Chung Yuan Christian University is an SFSU bilateral exchange partner and requires a commitment of at least one semester.

Business and Management

Students with a focus in business and/or management, including those who are studying Chinese with an eye toward conducting business in the Chinese-speaking world, may wish to enroll in the Chinese language program at National Cheng Chi University (Taiwan), which is known for its business school. National Cheng Chi University is a bilateral exchange partner and requires a commitment of at least one semester. 

Chinese Flagship Program

Students admitted to the Chinese Flagship program have additional study abroad resources available that are not open to non-Flagship students. These include summer Flagship prep programs in Taiwan and Flagship capstone-year programs in China. Contact the Flagship Office for Flagship-specific study abroad options and enrollment details.

Study Abroad Signup

For details regarding deadlines, scholarships and how to sign up for study abroad, contact the Office of International Programs:

Office of International Programs
Village at Centennial Square, Building C
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132, U.S.A.
E-mail: studyabr@sfsu.edu
Phone: +1-415-338-1293
Fax: +1-415-338-6234

Study-Abroad Units

Applies to all Chinese degrees, concentrations and minors:

For students opting to study abroad, all study abroad units will count as units in residence and can be counted towards graduation credit, but no more than half of the units required for the major or minor may be taken outside of the home campus. 

*Students are encouraged to study abroad through the International Programs of the CSU and the Bilateral Programs of San Francisco State University. For students opting to study abroad, all study abroad units will count as units in residence and can be used for graduation credit, but no more than half of the units required for the major or minor may be taken outside of the home campus. Flagship language concentration students, however, may apply all of their Study Abroad units toward the major.