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Chinese Language and Culture

George Washington University

12 months
1885 USD/credit 56550 USD/year
1885 USD/credit 56550 USD/year
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Offered through George Washington University's East Asian Languages and Literature department, the Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Culture deepens intellectual and cultural understanding of China while preparing students for careers in teaching and related fields.


Key facts

Through the mastery of speech and literacy, students learn how to analyze texts in original Chinese and effectively communicate with native speakers. Graduates pursue futures in education, consulting, academia or as specialists in the private and non-profit sectors. 

Under the leadership of Phyllis Zhang, director of the Chinese Language program in the department of East Asian Languages and Literature, this two-year MA in Chinese Language and Culture offered by George Washington University combines a practical and academic approach, with a special emphasis on teaching methods. Students gain a broader knowledge of the rich history and ethnography of China, while also developing skills in professional and scholarly writing in the Chinese language.

Being in the heart of the nation’s capital, our program allows students the opportunity to interact with many leading organizations, business headquarters, consulting firms, and government and media agencies based in D.C. Students can enrich their learning experiences with additional activities. Here are the program highlights:

  •  The only MA program of its kind in the greater D.C. region
  •  Customized curriculum to suit personal interests and career goals
  •  Close mentorship from well-established scholars and award-winning teachers in the department
  •  Competitive teaching assistant or internship positions
  •  Numerous China-related events and lectures on and off campus
  •  Preparation for the pursuit of either a professional career or doctoral studies
  •  Access to the many resources of downtown Washington, D.C.
  •  Building a professional network to support career opportunities

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Classical Chinese 
  • Chinese Literature in Translation 
  • Chinese Poetry in Tang and Song Periods
  • Chinese Drama and Theatre
  • 20th-Century Chinese literature
  • Structure of Chinese

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • One (1) academic letter of recommendation
  • All applicants must meet minimum Chinese proficiency (i.e. the intermediate high for speaking and reading based on the ACTFL rating scale).
  • Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    56550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    56550 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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