The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP)
The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP) was founded in 1963 by Stanford University as a center for advanced Chinese language training in Taipei. Soon after its founding other North American universities formed a consortium to jointly administer the program. In 1997 IUP moved its language center to Tsinghua University in Beijing, at which time UC Berkeley took over the US-based administration of the program. After twenty years at Berkeley, Stanford University has agreed to serve as IUP coordinator.
IUP’s mission is to raise a student’s Chinese language proficiency to a level at which they can function independently in professional or academic careers. IUP is intended for students who aspire to truly advanced competence, whether they be undergraduates, graduates, professionals, or established scholars. IUP is an extremely intensive academic experience. The program has rigorous standards for enrollment, operates under a “Chinese-Only” language pledge, and requires that most students spend four to six hours a day preparing for their courses.
Recent IUP graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in China have proven that their IUP-acquired linguistic skills have enabled them to function successfully in such areas as business consulting, management, public relations, law, education and journalism.
IUP Consortium Member Institutions
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- University of British Columbia
- University of California, Berkeley
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Harvard University
- Indiana University
- University of Chicago
- University of Michigan
- University of Virginia
- Yale University
What you can expect at IUP
Most IUP students attend 4 hours of classes each day and generally prepare 4 to 6 hours every night. Students are not allowed to look at their textbooks in class, so preparation is essential to a productive classroom experience.
IUP’s teachers are full-time professionals dedicated to Chinese language instruction. Nearly all have Master’s degrees in fields related to language education and many have been with the program for a decade or more.
IUP’s small class size guarantees that students get the individualized attention needed to rapidly improve their Chinese. Advanced IUP students can also choose independent tutorials using materials tailored to the student’s research or professional interests.
IUP’s alumni network numbers in the thousands and has members in academia, business, media, and other professions. With regular social events for alumni in Beijing and around China, IUP students have access to a dynamic group of current and future leaders in their fields.