Chinese Language Program

Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world. There are currently around 1.4 billion speakers of Mandarin, which is the official language of the People’s Republic of China and of Taiwan. Mandarin is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is also spoken by many overseas Chinese people from all around the world. All in all, about one-fifth of the people in the world speak some form of Chinese as their native language.

China is also the world’s most dynamic economy, with 7-9% annual growth of GDP. China is becoming one of the biggest players in global business, and since 2004 it has been the world’s number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

China has over 5,000 years of history, and a uniquely rich and colorful culture. Learning the language is an essential step towards understanding the culture of China.

Career Opportunities

The Chinese Program at UWM works with the School of Education, the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, and the Center for International Education to provide necessary knowledge, language skills, and cultural understanding for students to succeed in teaching, business, translation, and interpretation.

Teaching Chinese

Students interested in teaching Chinese should ensure they understand the options and requirements of the School of Education: