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Chinese Minor & Certificate

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The Minor and Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in Chinese at Drexel both develop language competence and cultural sensitivity. Our Chinese program takes a communicative and culture based approach to learning and provides students with access to a world of opportunities, including international study abroad programs and co-op placements. Chinese has roughly 1.2 billion native speakers (or one in every six people), making Chinese the number one first (native) language in the world.

According to The World Bank, China has sustained an unprecedented steady growth of their gross domestic product. For example, China's GDP increased from $1,211 billion in 2005 to $11,007 billion in 2015. In global terms, learning Chinese can be beneficial for all career paths, especially international business and trade.

International Standing: China is the second-largest global economy. Additionally, Chinese is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.


Study abroad and international co-ops are integral to the Modern Languages program, and will no doubt be the highlight of your education. There is no better way to learn a foreign language, get a sense of your place in the globalized economy, discover other cultures, and broaden your perspective on American life and culture, than to go abroad. Chinese-language options include:

Study Abroad:

International Co-op:

Begin your journey at Drexel’s Study Abroad office and/or the Steinbright Career Development Center (international co-op).


Fluent understanding of a foreign language is a benefit to individuals in a wide variety of professional fields. For language students considering employment with a Chinese minor, opportunities can include: The United Nations, US Department of State Foreign Service Officer, US Embassies and Consulates, Currency and Stock Traders and international business.

Learn more about the minor in the Course Catalog
Learn more about the Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in the Course Catalog

Prospective Student Inquiries

Please send inquiries to or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.