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

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    1. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Communication
      • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS Human Communications
      • B.S. General Studies - Communication
      • B.S. Communications
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Communications
    Certificate
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Communications
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate - Spanish
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication

Featured Schools

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

Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

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Grand Canyon University

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

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in Communication
  • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
  • BA in Communication

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • BS Human Communications
  • A.S. General Studies - Communications
  • Undergraduate Certificate - Communications

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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