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Chinese Studies

Reed College

48 months
62420 USD/year
62420 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Chinese Studies program at the Reed College is stretched across six discipline-oriented departments rather than clustered within a single “area studies” major. Because China-focused students and faculty have spread out to the various corners of the campus, this website serves as a coordinating infrastructure beyond our individual departments. 


The Chinese Studies program at the Reed College offers courses that provide training in the Chinese language and in the critical appreciation of Chinese literature, both classical and modern.

Language instruction in the first two years emphasizes a solid grounding in the basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The focus of the third year of Chinese class is on students' acquisition of near-native fluency in spoken Chinese, competence in reading a variety of contemporary texts (with a dictionary), and the ability to make use of different registers and genres of Chinese in writing. A semester course in classical Chinese is also offered to 300-level students so they will be able to read classical texts in the original. 


The literature offerings are designed to provide students with opportunities to read and analyze major genres of Chinese literature (poetry, prose, drama, narrative fiction) in terms of the historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts in which they were produced and consumed. 

The courses are taught in English, using texts in translation. Students may enroll in the courses as either literature or Chinese. An additional conference hour will be arranged for students wishing to read the original texts. Courses in related subjects, such as Chinese intellectual history, are also offered.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Self, Stage, and Society: An Excursion into Chinese Drama
  • Classical Chinese
  • Stranger Things in Medieval China
  • The Yijing: Text and Tradition of the Book of Changes
  • Chineseness, Translated Modernity, and World Literature
  • From Allegories to Documentaries: Screening Postsocialist China

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Chinese (Mandarin)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application
  • Reed Writing Supplement
  • Self-reported SAT or ACT scores if available (neither will be used in our evaluation)
  • School Report (completed by your counselor; this form is available through the Common Application)
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Official college transcripts (for any college you have attended, whether or not you want credit for those courses at Reed)
  • Two Teacher Evaluations (from two different academic disciplines; must be different from the counselor recommendation, as well)
  • Early Decision Agreement
  • (ED I and ED II applicants only, must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian, and high school counselor)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    62420 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 62420 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    62420 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 62420 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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