Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

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Study the most spoken language in the world

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With nearly a billion speakers, Chinese is far and away the language spoken by the most people on earth. The ability to speak this language has never been more valuable, as growing interest in China is matched only by its growing influence.

From the increased openness reflected in the recent Olympic Games to phenomenal growth and productivity and enhanced economic prosperity, China will continue to be a powerful world wide force for decades to come.

The Chinese Field of Study offers Franklin & Marshall students excellent opportunities to learn the Chinese language, study its history, and experience the beautiful and unique Chinese culture.

In this program, students will receive intensive language training in the classroom, and the learning experience will be greatly enhanced by after-class activities such as individual sessions with instructors, culture-related activities, field studies, and opportunities for study abroad.

With a very low student-faculty ratio, students enjoy optimum opportunities to develop and practice their speaking, writing, and listening skills. Faculty recommend two consecutive years of study to develop fluency and to obtain a solid understanding of the history and culture of China.


  • Hanna Jun ’12
  • Hannah Jun '12
  • garners international acclaim in 'Chinese Bridge' competition.

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  • Placement Exam
  • Franklin & Marshall offers placement exams in any of the languages that we teach at the College.