Center for Chinese Studies

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), in collaboration with Northwest University (NWU) in Xi’an, China, continues to expand their Center for Chinese Studies. For over four years, the Institute for Chinese Studies (with offices housed in the Wiley Learning Center) has encouraged students from all walks of life to learn the Chinese language, understand Chinese culture and appreciate Chinese art. It has now grown into a Confucius Institute, which is recognized by the Chinese Department of Education for its quality and integrity to culture and language.

Founded in 1902, Northwest University is considered one of the most predominant and well-known universities in China. Located in the ancient Chinese capital of Xi'an, with a history that extends well over 100 years, NWU ranks within the top 50 universities throughout the country.

The Institute for Chinese Studies is dedicated to helping students strengthen and improve their Chinese skills while fostering an interactive Chinese environment on the NNU campus. The Institute also serves students in the K-12 arena in Idaho to create a platform that expands their knowledge of the Mandarin language and brings about cultural awareness. In essence, the Institute operates as a gateway to China's diversified culture by providing a wealth of international experiences.

Faculty members of Chinese Sudies are skillful professors from NWU. For those students interested in Chinese Studies, classes are available at the Nampa campus and at selected schools in the Boise Valley.

The Institute's Mission

  1. Teach Chinese classes of various types free of cost to NNU students and teachers.
  2. Train teachers to teach Chinese in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.
  3. Sponsor academic activities and cultural exchange programs.
  4. Provide consulting services for individuals wanting to study in China.
  5. Provide reference materials for educators and other professionals.
  6. Promote business exchanges.

Program Introductions

The Confucius Institute is a hub for Chinese studies and cultural exchanges. As a non-profit organization, the Institute aims to promote Chinese teachings and culture in the Treasure Valley and facilitate a mutual understanding between Chinese and American people. Several communities, local organizations and government agencies have agreed to collaborate with NNU in its quest to develop effective relationships.

Culture Exchange and Celebration

The Institute for Chinese Studies designs and organizes a variety of social and cultural events such as summer and winter camps and spirited celebrations of various Chinese festivals. Participation in these events exposes students to authentic Chinese culture and to linguistic learning as well.

The Institute also hosts annual events such as the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Mid-Autumn Festival that are sure to open student's eyes to life in China. These celebrations showcase the important and brilliant parts of Chinese culture by featuring art exhibitions, documentaries, paintings, calligraphy and traditional Chinese instrumental performances.

As an official Confucius Institute recognized by China, students who participate in the Chinese Language and Culture Training program have a chance to travel to China for two to three weeks. These trips will impart a level of cultural insight into China's rich culture giving students an opportunity to explore up-close and personal the dynamic and captivating lives of the Chinese people.

Undergraduate Courses

First year undergraduate courses qualify for Tier III cross-cultural experience. Beginning in the second year, Chinese courses qualify for Tier II level cross-cultural experience.

CHIN1010. Elementary Chinese (2)
This course is for students who wish to begin the study of Mandarin and Chinese characters, and will include an introduction to Chinese culture. Topics will include the acquisition of basic vocabulary, sounds and structures with emphasis on conversation and basic Chinese characters. Students will participate in level-one modules designed to improve speaking, listening, and reading/writing. Fulfills a General Education Tier III Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CHIN1010CL Intercultural Lab Tier III.

CHIN1020. Elementary Chinese (2)
A continuation of CHIN1010.  For students who wish to begin the study of Mandarin and Chinese characters and acquire an introduction to Chinese culture. Topics will include the acquisition of basic vocabulary, sounds and structures with emphasis on conversation and basic Chinese characters.  Students will participate in level-two modules designed to improve speaking, listening, and reading/writing. Fulfills a General Education Tier III Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CHIN1020CL Intercultural Lab Tier III.

CHIN1030. Elementary Chinese (2)
A continuation of CHIN1020. For students who wish to begin the study of Mandarin and Chinese characters and acquire an introduction to Chinese culture. Topics will include the acquisition of basic vocabulary, sounds and structures with emphasis on conversation and basic Chinese characters. Students will participate in level-two modules designed to improve speaking, listening, and reading/writing. Fulfills a General Education Tier III Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CHIN1030CL Intercultural Lab Tier III.

CHIN1094. Topics in Chinese Culture, Literature or Linguistics (3)
Topics of special interest in Chinese culture, including history, literature, or linguistics.  May be taught in Chinese or English. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission if course is taught in Chinese. May be repeated for credit.

CHIN2010. Intermediate Chinese (4)
For students who have completed Elementary Chinese.  A refinement of basic skills and structure with continued emphasis on Chinese characters and increasing emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. Fulfills a General Education Tier II Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CLST1002L Intercultural Lab. Prerequisites: CHIN1030 or equivalent.

CHIN2020. Intermediate Chinese (4)
A continuation of CHIN2010. For students who have completed Elementary Chinese. A refinement of basic skills and structure with continued emphasis on Chinese characters and increasing emphasis on speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. Fulfills a General Education Tier II Cross-Cultural Experience if taken with CHIN2020CL Intercultural Lab Tier II. Prerequisites: CHIN2010 or equivalent.

CHIN2094. Topics in Chinese Culture, Literature or Linguistics (1-3)
Topics of special interest in Chinese culture, including history, literature, or linguistics. May be taught in Chinese or English. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission if course is taught in Chinese. May be repeated for credit.

CHIN3010. Advanced Conversation and Composition (3)
A continuation of 2020. Course will include extensive conversation with continued emphasis on composition and Chinese characters.  Students will complete modules in speaking, reading, writing, and listening in the broader context of Chinese culture. Prerequisites: CHIN2020 or instructor's permission.

CHIN3094. Topics in Chinese Culture, Literature or Linguistics (1-3)
Topics of special interest in Chinese culture, including history, literature, or linguistics.  May be taught in Chinese or English. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission if course is taught in Chinese. May be repeated for credit.;

CHIN4094. Topics in Chinese Culture, Literature or Linguistics (1-3)
Topics of special interest in Chinese culture, including history, literature, or linguistics. May be taught in Chinese or English. Prerequisites: Instructor's permission if course is taught in Chinese. May be repeated for credit

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Test

The HSK test is an international standardized exam launched by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) to assess non-native Chinese speakers' abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The test is recognized by the People's Republic of China and numerous countries worldwide. Northwest Nazarene University offers the HSK test during the academic year, and the Confucius Institute provides one-on-one tutoring to help students prepare for the standardized exam.

Scholarships

The Confucius Institute Scholarship Program is also sponsored by Hanban to support foreign students, scholars and Chinese language teachers who study Chinese at partner universities in China.

There are two types of scholarships available for students who study abroad: the Scholarship for One-Academic-Year Students and the Scholarship for One-Semester Students. Both scholarships pay for registration fees, tuition, monthly allowances, on-campus accommodations and outpatient medical care once a year. In addition, the Confucius Institute sponsors students working towards their master’s or Ph.D. degree in Chinese Studies from Northwest University in Xi’an, China.

Contact Us

Prospective Students NNU Admissions 623 S. University Blvd. Nampa, ID 83686 Phone: 1-877-NNU-4YOU

Current Students Meet with your academic advisor to fit these classes in to your schedule.

For general information about the Center for Chinese Studies, please contact us at chinesestudies@nnu.edu.