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The Choice of Excellence

for students, academics and professionals

The only advanced Chinese language program in China sponsored by Tsinghua University and a consortium of 10 elite North American universities.

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Notably Distinguished

The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies (IUP), located on the Tsinghua University campus, is specifically designed to deliver advanced competency through highly intensive and specialized language skills training.

Leading the way for more than 55 years, IUP is the choice of more Blakemore-Freeman, Schwarzman, Yale Light and Yenching scholars annually. It is also the only program that is supported by a consortium of 11 elite North American universities with leading China studies programs.

  • Columbia University
  • Indiana University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Virginia
  • Yale University
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At IUP, intensity ensures Chinese language proficiency. Students can expect 4-6 hours of class preparation and 4 hours of classes per day. An instructor with a maximum of 3 students will engage and challenge each other in closed-book classroom sessions. Daily 1-on-1 tutorials also enable students to ask questions regarding the course material and to work on areas of improvement, which may include delving into studies specific to their core interests.


Beyond a study abroad program, IUP graduates gain confidence and competence in their specific field of study.


IUP provides the highest level of focused instruction. Once students meet the IUP criteria for advanced language skills, they’ll have their choice of courses based on their academic interest, dissertation topic or areas related to their career.

Working closely with their instructor, advanced students will be able to customize their curriculum. Plus, with multiple program term options, students are welcome to come back to IUP to build upon their knowledge and gain even greater proficiency.

Graduates become a member of an influential network of 2,500+ IUP alumni and connect with leaders in diverse fields from business and education to government, law, sports broadcasting and even stand-up comedy.

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Denis O’Leary and Kent Thiry Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

“The individualized instruction quickly identified gaps in my language ability, built new dimensions of vocabulary that had somehow long eluded me, and moved me quickly from expressing myself orally with greater confidence to writing structured essays”

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Professor of Sociology, Yale University

“I am immensely grateful for IUP staff and teachers for hosting senior scholars like myself for short term ‘interventions’; of course, I remain insanely jealous of anyone who can go full time for one year…perhaps in the next life!”

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Comedian, Founder of the US-China Comedy Center

“It was a fantastic environment for me to drill into the deep places of the interests I had in China and know that I had a supporting group of teacher to push me to learn, write and create.”

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Lawyer, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of InitialView

“The IUP intensive language program helps propel my language skills so far forward that China has now become a central part of my career.”



Advance your language competency to further your field of study or learn new skills.


Refresh your skills or gain new competency specific to your next research project with customized curricula and flexible schedules.


Achieve professional-level competency specific to your career.