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Department Overview

Swarthmore College offers a range of courses in Chinese language, literature, and culture which are integrated into a broad program of Asian Studies and further offerings in Chinese language, history, culture and society in the Tri-College community.

Students of Chinese can take advantage of a rich environment for language study, including intensive introductory language courses, language tables and chat hours with native speakers, multimedia resources, and opportunities for study abroad. Explore this site for more information on our faculty, courses, special events, and study abroad options.

Welcome to the Chinese Program (Part 1)

Welcome to the Chinese Program (Part 2)

Faculty and Students of the Chinese Section on a Trip Abroad
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Warmest Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Chinese Majors and Minors

 From left to right: Olivia Grubler, Stephanie Yuqing Lin, Lucas Dyke, Rina Kiyohara, Nathan Moreno-Mendelson

Dear Chinese majors and minors of 2020:
We sincerely hope that the four years you have lived and worked at Swarthmore will leave you with everlasting memories of your enjoyment and intellectual growth. We are a little sad that now you must prepare to fly away, but happy that you will continue to explore your own goals and find your own destinations in the wide and boundless world! We wish you all great success in your career paths! However, please don’t forget that your alma mater is always your home away from home and that you are always welcome to come back, whether due to nostalgia or to gather inspiration, or to encourage and share your experience with the later fellow students. There will always be a seat for you at Chinese language table and we will always look forward to meeting with you again!

Warmest Congratulations, Class of 2020!

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Third-Year Chinese Podcasts

Listen to student recordings from third-year Chinese.


Chinese Language Table

Chinese Chat Room (中文聊天室): Chinese Chat Room is a great opportunity to practice your Chinese with teachers and classmates, and it is strongly recommended. It will be held on-line through a persistent Zoom link at 8:00-9:00 pm on Thursdays, beginning on Thursday 9/9 in the second week of classes. Each week Chinese graduate students from the Education University of Hong Kong (香港教育大學) will also join in the discussion with Swarthmore students of Chinese.  Please do come to enjoy learning the language with teachers, to hang out with your classmates, and get to know Chinese graduate students in a stimulating yet relaxed setting!

    Chinese Language Table

    Language Media Lab

    The Language Media Lab provides resources to enhance the study of foreign language, literature, and culture at Swarthmore College. Students have access to audio/video materials required for foreign language classes. The lab's resources include 12 Macbook Pros, 8 iMacs, an extensive library of foreign films, video cameras, and audio recorders. The space is a unique, adaptable, multimedia-friendly place to study, practice and develop language skills. 

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