Chinese Dragon Dance

“Mandarin Chinese is becoming a more popular foreign language option for students nationwide…. Many of them see it as a way to enhance their future business or professional careers… many experts believe proficiency in Chinese will give American students an edge in the global economy.”
- Dallas Business Journal, Nov 20, 2012

Learning Chinese both for Career Enhancement and Personal Growth

  • China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.
  • China is currently our second-largest trading partner, and its economic importance to Canada will only increase. Knowing Chinese may give you an edge when competing for an important position.
  • China is playing an important role in world affairs now and in the future. As China has opened up to the West, there are opportunities for employment in all areas.
  • You will be able to communicate with 1/5th of the world population, explore a civilization that is over 5000 years old, understand its rich culture and history, and prepare to be a wiser and more informed global citizen.

Program Options
The department offers a Certificate in Chinese Language and Culture. This certificate is designed to help you develop a foundational understanding of Chinese culture and basic fluency in the language, while being flexible enough to complete as a stand-alone program or combined with a major in another discipline. The certificate includes ENGL 100; four Chinese language classes; one Chinese class focused on culture, literature, etc.; and four approved electives. It can be completed in about two years of part-time study.

Program details are availalbe in the Undergraduate Calendar.


5 Flowers
Li (Lily) Wang
Dongyan Blachford

International Experience
There are opportunities available for students who wish to gain international experience in China. Visit the UR International website for even more options.

Photo Gallery
Click on the above link to see photos of the Chinese program.

Quotes from University of Regina Students
"Learning Chinese has benefited me in numerous ways. Not only do I feel more culturally connected with my extended family, but I found that I've met many new people as a result of my studies. Whether these individuals are from my classes or they are international students studying abroad, I have gained several close friends during my time spent learning Chinese. The Professors are friendly and approachable and you'll find that many of the native speakers are willing to help you further your studies. Mandarin truly is becoming one of the most popular and widely-used languages in the world." - Jeff Myers

“Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language in the world and a country with a very rich culture and history. Plus as a future teacher, learning a new language gives insight as to the struggles of learning any language.” – Chris Marsh

“I think that Chinese is a very interesting language. I was first interested in learning the language when I spent a few months in China following high school. As everyone knows China is developing into the new world superpower, and that means that there will be many opportunities to work in a field where the language would be necessary.” - David Mckenzie