B.A. in Chinese


Spoken by more than 1.3 billion people, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. It is the official language of media, government, and education in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and Singapore, and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Because of the high demand for language professionals and a limited number of students who reach proficiency, the U.S. government designated Chinese as a “critical language,” and there are generous scholarships and unique educational opportunities available.

Why Chinese at URI?

Studying Chinese at URI, you’ll become part of a unique, close-knit community of students, faculty, and staff who support learners at all levels. You’ll have faculty support and encouragement as you learn the subtleties of pronunciation and practice your skills.

URI is one of the best places in the country to learn Chinese. It offers one of the few programs where you have the opportunity to progress from beginner level to a superior, or professional, level of proficiency in Chinese. In our Chinese Language Flagship Program, one of only 12 such programs in the United States, you’ll earn a bachelor’s degree in your chosen academic discipline while working to achieve superior language proficiency and a B.A. in Mandarin Chinese.

Language at a Higher Standard

Chinese Language Flagship Program


Chinese speakers are in high demand in the business, government, and education fields.

  • Law
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Humanities
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Pharmacy
  • Arts