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Introduction to Chinese at Cambridge

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language today by a very long way. It is spoken by around a billion people worldwide. So it’s not surprising that many people are looking to learn this language as an important route into commerce, politics or international relations.

However, the study of this great language opens up a much broader world and a rich cultural heritage.

At Cambridge, we teach

  • extensive writing and spoken abilities in modern Chinese
  • a solid grounding in classical and literary Chinese
  • a critical understanding of the rich variety of Chinese culture

Please be aware that this course is intended for students who do not speak Chinese as their mother-tongue. We will consider applications from students who wish to learn Chinese from scratch as well as those who have studied Chinese at secondary school and / or sixth form college.


Information about our courses for 2020-21 is given below.

First year course information

Second year course information

Fourth year course informaton


For more information contact

the Undergraduate Programmes Administrator