Free Online Chinese Language Courses from Top Universities

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Because of international trade, Chinese is becoming a useful language to know, but it is also very difficult to learn. Whether to self-teach or just for additional practice, the Open Courseware classes listed in this article can strengthen your Chinese language skills.
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Free Chinese Language Courses

Here are 13 online Chinese language courses offered free by two top universities, Utah State University (USU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Utah State University (USU)

USU offers online coursework components to introduce beginning learners to speaking and writing Chinese.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT's OpenCourseWare contains both regular and streamlined courses for all levels of Chinese language learners. The streamlined course track is designed primarily for people who have some basic knowledge of Chinese when starting out. More advanced courses in both tracks also delve into Chinese culture.

Free Online Chinese Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
First Year Chinese I course from USUBeginnerVideosYesNoNo
First Year Chinese II course from USUBeginnerVideosYesNoNo
Chinese I (regular) course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Chinese II (regular) course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Chinese III (regular) course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading Resources, Audio LessonsYesNoYes
Chinese IV (regular) course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading Resources, Audio Lessons, TextbookYesNoYes
Chinese V (regular): Chinese Culture & Society course from MITUndergraduateAudio LessonsYesNoYes
Chinese VI (regular): Discovering Chinese Cultures and Societies course from MITUndergraduateVideosYesNoYes
Chinese I (streamlined) course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Chinese II (streamlined) course from MITUndergraduate/GraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Chinese III (streamlined) course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesYesYes
Chinese IV (streamlined) course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes
Chinese VI (streamlined) course from MITUndergraduateExternal Reading ResourcesYesNoYes

Popular Schools

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    1. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Government - Political Communication
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - English
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
  • Stanford, CA

    Stanford University

  • Online Programs Available
    5. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Queens University of Charlotte

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
  • Cambridge, MA

    Harvard University

  • Philadelphia, PA

    University of Pennsylvania

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Grand Canyon University

  • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Arts in Communication - General
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided

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