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Semester & Year


Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2023:

    October 15, 2022 to be considered for financial aid, rolling admissions until December 25, 2022


    • Be at least 18 years of age;
    • Have completed at least one year of college;
    • Two years of college-level mandarin study or at intermediate-advance level of Chinese

Choose to study at IUP for one semester (4 months of instruction) or for an academic year (8 months of instruction) starting in the fall. Students are only admitted on a full-time basis. Each semester consists of two eight-week modules. After completing the eight-week module, students will advance to a higher level of classes, start new textbooks, and work with new teachers.


January 3-May 19, 2023

Application Deadline: December 25, 2022


2023 Spring Semester: $9995 USD ; 2023 Spring Online Semester: $7,996 USD

2023 Fall Semester: $9995 USD ;  2023 Fall Online Semester: $7,996 USD


August 15-December 15, 2023

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

IUP financial aid application deadline: January 15, 2023


August 15, 2023-May 17, 2024

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

IUP financial aid application deadline: January 15, 2023

Tuition Fee: $18,995 USD ; Online courses: $15,196 USD



Students sign a pledge to only speak Chinese in our language center and in all program-related activities. Rigorous admissions standards ensure that all enrolled students have the necessary language skills to learn Chinese in Chinese. Course placement evaluations places students in classes that suit their language learning needs. Students spend 4 to 6 hours daily preparing for the following day’s lessons, all of which are conducted in a “closed-book” classroom, meaning students cannot refer to the textbook, notes, or dictionary in class. Small class size and daily 1-on-1 tutorials allow for highly individualized attention on each student. Advanced students may also choose to delve into studies specific to their academic or professional interests.

  • 20

    Hours spent in class per week

  • 160

    Clasroom hours per 8-week module

  • 3

    Hours a day spent in 3-on-1 instruction

  • 1

    Hour of daily 1-on-1 instruction

IUP Curriculum


This is a hard question to answer specifically, but the two most important factors when determining IUP is your language level when you enter IUP and how long you study in the program. Each 8-week module, generally includes, 160 hours of class time. Of which, on average, 120 hours are 3-on-1 and 40 hours are 1-on-1. Staying in the program longer, means a higher level when you leave. Most students who study for an academic year, will do well on the HSK level 6 exam.

And other Frequently Asked Questions...


  • SPRING 2023:

    October 1, 2022 to be considered for financial aid, rolling admissions until December 25, 2022.

  • FALL 2023:

    January 15, 2023 to be considered for financial aid, rolling admissions until May 15, 2023

  • ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024:

    January 15, 2023 to be considered for financial aid, rolling admissions until May 15, 2023


  • 1
    Submit Application

    Create Admissions Portal login and submit all necessary components including application form, transcripts, and recommendation letters. You can track IUP’s receipt of these documents and your application status in this portal.

  • 2
    Schedule a Language Interview

    Within 1-2 weeks if you pass the initial application review, you will be notified to schedule a Language Interview in your Admissions Portal. Language Interviews can be conducted on Skype, WeChat, or by phone.

  • 3
    Receive Decision

    You will receive a decision within 1 week of the interview.

  • 4
    Complete Pre-Arrival Paperwork

    Complete all necessary pre-arrival paperwork within your admissions portal.

  • 5
    Placement Exam

    Upon arrival at IUP you will take a 2-hour written placement exam and a 15 minute oral interview to determine your courses, textbooks, and classmates.

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I came to IUP with an intermediate-high background in Chinese, and was already proficient with working with students and their families, but IUP was instrumental in helping me polish my formal Chinese, especially to help me in communicating with vendors, company management, and university leaders much more professionally. What's more, my time at IUP allowed me to pursue my passion for Chinese Literature and read novels in Classical Chinese, which would have been impossible during a busy work schedule. It was also beautiful that teachers took some of their own free time to hold a Lit Appreciation discussion group during the afternoons

Where is Alec now?

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My year at IUP was one of the most stimulating and challenging times of my life. The learning curve was very steep for me, as I only had quite basic Chinese to begin with, but the dedicating tutoring at IUP knocked it into shape. I especially enjoyed branching into guwen and Tang poetry at the end. I use Chinese in all of my on-the-ground interviews and research in China, to write articles and books about China for audiences back home. Without the excellent training at IUP, I would not have been able to write my book Wish Lanterns profiling six young Chinese.

Where is Jesse now?

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I spent my time there doing everything from learning Chinese comedy routines to working with a teacher one-on-one to help me write a bilingual movie script. 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 teachers to push me to learn, write, and create. Since I do Chinese performance, I need to be able to speak Chinese well enough that I can create my own works. In addition, it turns out to be really important to be able to "pitch" ideas in Chinese as well.

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