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Chinese languages are spoken by 1.3 billion people, the majority of whom live in the People's Republic of China or in Taiwan. The variety taught at TUM, known as Standard Chinese or Mandarin, boasts the  most speakers. 

We offer Chinese courses from level A1.1 to B2.1 following the CEFR.

There are also courses on special topics, for specific target groups or to improve certain skills, such as 'Chinese for English Speakers' (various levels) or 'Chinese A2.1 Communication at Work'.

Not every course may be offered every semester.
Please determine your course level by taking our placement test.

Intensive courses (course levels may vary) take place during the semester break in spring and fall.

The intensive courses take place over a shorter period of time, but have more training units per week than the courses during the semester. The number of ECTS and the workload is therefore the same as for the semester-long courses.

Current dates and registration deadlines can be found on our homepage.

You can find a complete overview of our course program in TUMonline.

More Offers and Cooperations

Would you like to make contact with other TUM students or employees and at the same time improve your language skills in a flexible and practical way? At TUMtandem we will find a tandem partner for you within TUM and support your joint learning process. More information on TUMtandem

The cooperation between the Chinese Program and the partner universities Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School (Tsinghua SIGS) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) enables TUM students to participate in for a tandem cultural exchange program.

The aim of the program is to deepen the close cooperation between TUM and the partner universities, as well as offering students from both sides a platform for intercultural exchange and foreign language learning opportunities. We bring together TUM students of Chinese level A1.2/A2.1 and students of a partner university as language tandem partners. 

Registration: TUM students first take a Chinese course at level A1.2 or A2.1 and can then contact their lecturer(s) to register for the program.

In the online course CHI-NESE you can learn Chinese with complete sentences.

Students and staff members of TUM can book a limited number of free courses which take three months.
Requirement: completion of the first 13 lessons for free.

More information:

The Virtual University of Bavaria (vhb) offers online courses on chinese regional studies. The courses can be a useful supplement to the Chinese courses at TUM.

Please note that the TUM Language Center cannot guarantee that ECTS will be awarded for these courses. 
All courses at vhb are free of charge for TUM students and registration is done with the TUM ID.

More detailed information about the courses can be found in the course descriptions.

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Photo of Staff: Eckert, Astrid and Heddergott, Andreas / TUM.

Dr. Hao Zhou
Coordinator of Chinese Program

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