Chinese Classes

Through the NSU Confucius Institute, €‹a native Chinese instructor will teach you to speak and write Mandarin Chinese with others in an interactive and friendly environment - online or on campus. You'll also get the chance to try your hand at Chinese calligraphy, make Chinese dumplings, and learn Tai Chi and other Chinese cultural traditions.
Register for Mandarin Classes

Choose how you'd like to study Mandarin Chinese from the options below. If you have questions or need assistance, please call or email the institute, or request information.

On-Campus Classes

Classes take place on the NSU campus in Aberdeen during fall and spring semester.


Online Classes

Study Chinese online at NSU during summer, fall and spring semesters.

On-Campus Guest Students (non-degree seeking, non-credit granting)

Non-degree seeking students are welcome to enroll in a university-level course as a guest student. Please contact the NSU Registrar'€™s Office for more information.

High School Dual Credit

High school students in South Dakota can apply and register for university credit courses through their high school counselor. On-campus and online courses are available to high school students.

South Dakota MyLife Dual Credit Program

High School Distance Learning

Through the Center for Statewide E-Learning (CSEL) at NSU, high school students can enroll for a full year of Chinese. This approach offers cutting-edge technology tools to learn and practice Chinese with a Chinese teacher and other students from across the state. The instructor will visit students at a school in your area for culture and language learning.

Community Classes
The Confucius Institute community Chinese evening classes will resume this fall! The class will meet from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Aug. 29-Nov. 16. Location is Northern State University’s Lincoln Hall 325. Cost is $90 per student for the whole course. For more information or to register, call 605-626-3293 or email
After-School Classes for Children

Each fall and spring we offer Mandarin for children after school on the NSU campus. Our age-appropriate learning approach draws children into the adventure of traveling across the globe without leaving home.

Course Descriptions

Not all courses are available at all times. Please see the NSU Catalog Course Descriptions (scroll down to "Chinese") for current offerings.

Introductory Chinese I (CHIN 101) 4 credits

Students in this course develop skills in everyday spoken Chinese. Emphasis is on correct pronunciation, listening skills and fluency.

Introductory Chinese II (CHIN 102) 4 credits

This course introduces 200 new Chinese characters to students, who will continue to improve pronunciation, listening and fluency in Chinese.

Intermediate Chinese I (CHIN 201) 3 credits

Students in this course review basic sentence patterns and continue to develop Chinese speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and will be introduced to 200-300 more Chinese characters.

Intermediate Chinese II (CHIN 202) 3 credits

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Chinese I, with the introduction of an additional 200-300 Chinese characters.

Conversational Chinese (CHIN 311) 3 credits

Students in this course will improve oral communication in Chinese. Also introduced are selected readings on a variety of topics, used as a basis for conversational practice in the classroom.

Chinese Grammar and Sentence Structure (CHIN 312) 3 credits

Students learn basic grammar and sentence structure necessary to correctly speak, read and write Chinese. High-frequency vocabulary words are introduced to serve as a foundation for effective communication.

Introduction to Business Chinese (CHIN 350) 3 credits

Students will learn the language of business and economics in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Instruction includes commercial terminology, business forms and office correspondence.

Chinese Literature (CHIN 353) 3 credits

Students in this course examine readings representing highlights of Chinese literature from its earliest period to the present. Cultural, historical and philosophical backgrounds are emphasized.