Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

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Chinese architectureSpoken by more than 1.3 billion people, Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. Chinese 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.

Since 2010, China has had the second largest economy in the world, is one of the major trading partners of the United States, and is emerging as a major player in world affairs.

Why Chinese at URI?

So many options.
You’ve got lots of choices for studying Chinese at URI. We offer a major, minor, and dual-degree programs, like the International Business or Engineering Program. Our Chinese Language Flagship Program is an honors program  designed to help students from any major achieve superior fluency through a five-year plan. You can also combine Chinese with another major such as political science, english, economics, fashion merchandising, or journalism.

And when you’re ready for an immersion experience, you can take advantage of our exchange programs with Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and Ocean University in Qingdao. Or you can jump-start your Chinese proficiency right here in Kingston, with our URI Chinese Summer School.

Lots of support.
Studying Chinese at URI, you’ll be part of a unique, tight-knit community of students, faculty, and staff to support learners at all levels. In addition, we offer generous scholarships to support students learning Chinese, including the URI Hasbro and Confucius Institute Scholarships.


There are plenty of career options for Chinese students. We’ve listed some of them below.

  • Law
  • Banking
  • Finance/Accountancy
  • Management Consulting
  • Business/Administration
  • Teaching/Education
  • Public Sector/Defense
  • Charity, Not-for-profit and NGOs
  • Advertising/Marketing & PR
  • Media
  • Culture
  • Music/Performing Arts
  • Hospitality/Tourism

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