China is the second largest economy in the world and one of the largest trading partners of the United States. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. 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 one of the world's oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5,000 years old! One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese.  Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.

The study of the Chinese language opens the way to different important fields such as Chinese politics, economy, history and archeology. But to study Chinese means to study a culture, a people.  

Chinese has a relatively uncomplicated grammar. Unlike French, German or English, Chinese has no verb conjugation (no need to memorize verb tenses!) and no noun declension (e.g., gender and number distinctions). The basic word order of Chinese is subject — verb — object, exactly as in English. 

Study Abroad

Students at UVU have the opportunity to spend a summer studying Chinese in our Study Abroad Program.  No prior knowledge of Chinese language is required to study abroad, but students will be required to study Chinese while in the program.  You can find more information about studying Chinese in China by going to our study abroad page.


Each year students and faculty organize a celebration of the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) at UVU with food, activities and entertainment.  The Festival has a far-reaching history of over 3,800 years.  Today, it is the most important traditional festival in China, and many old customs are inherited from its ancient origins and development throughout history.  This year Chinese New Year is the Year of the Dragon.