• 2021 Chinese Language Programs

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    Learn Chinese Language at DHU

    Select from various programs to meet your learning demands

    We are from All over the World

    Over 3000 international students study Chinese at DHU each year

    We Bring You Closer to China

    Colorful extra-curricular activities and cultural experience

  • What's New

    General Chinese Language Programs in Fall 2021


    Wherever you are and in whatever form of learning, ICES strives to provide you with rich learning resources and best supports.

    In the coming 2021 fall semester, ICES will continue to offer the Chinese language programs in the classroom as well as online. We are looking forward to meet you in the class!


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  • About DHU

    Founded in 1951, Donghua University (DHU) is one of the 75 universities under the direct management of the Ministry of Education of China. It is one of the universities that accepted international students as early as in 1954, as well as one of the first batch of 27 universities that have passed the Quality Accreditation for International Students Education. DHU enrolls over 4800 international students from nearly 140 countries each year, which ranks the 10th among the universities in China.


    Located in the downtown area of Shanghai, International Cultural Exchange School (ICES) is on DHU's Yan'an road campus. We provide both long-term and short-term Chinese language programs, which were inspected by Eaquals (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services) in 2018 and met the high standards required for Eaquals accreditation.

  • Quality Assurance

    Eaquals Accreditation for Chinese Language Program

    Chinese Language Programs of ICES, DHU was inspected by Eaquals in 2018 and met the high standards required for Eaquals accreditation. Teaching, course programs, course organization, learning resources as well as testing and evaluation were all judged to be of high quality.

    Quality Accreditation for International Students Education

    In 2016, the pilot work of Quality Accreditation for International Students Education was implemented by China Education Association for International Exchanges under the authorization of the Ministry of Education, aiming to propel the healthy and steady development of international students education. DHU has become one of the first 27 institutions that have passed the accreditation.

  • Testimonials

    Liam Jake, LAMBERT


    Combined with the beautiful campus, international setting of Shanghai and your own determination, Donghua is the best place to call home whilst you study. The passion from the teachers is matched only by their teaching ability, tailoring the speed of the class to your needs. Using class discussions, role plays and activities (including day trips!), the teachers use class time wisely, to maximise your learning experience. Coming to Donghua has been life changing and I am very proud to say I learned Chinese in the heart of Shanghai.

    Machang'a Catherine Nyambura


    Donghua is more of a family. This is where you feel welcomed, meet international friends not to forget the warm hearted teachers. It's the best place to study Chinese, the teaching methods, indoor learning games, outdoor activities, group work and the course books are very standard. All the co-workers are really helpful in ensuring the learning environment is conducive and secure. I am amazed by the beautiful compound, it gives you a feeling of staying even a bit longer to expound on Chinese culture.

    Iaroslav, MUZYKA


    DHU has a good location, all the necessary facilities are in the campus. The personal and teachers are very kind and easygoing, you'll feel like at home. After first course you'll have good basics for your daily life in Shanghai. So I would like to tell everyone who wants to apply to DHU - don't doubt, sign up, enjoy studying process and become the part of this big family.

    Frederik Visti, GRONBAEK


    Studying Chinese at Donghua University has by far been the best year of my life. The teachers here are very passionate about their job and they make everybody feel involved during classes. They understand that you cannot learn Chinese only by reading books so we also spend a lot of time having class discussions, playing games, working in groups and doing student presentations. This way we get to practice our oral Chinese a lot, which is one of the things that separates DHU from many other universities in Shanghai. I wouldn’t want to be any place else than here!

  • Program Introduction

    Spring / Fall Semester Intake

    A full-time program, designed to study Chinese intensively and in-depth, with a strong focus on culture. The General Chinese Program is taught from Monday to Friday, and can be done either offline on our campus in downtown Shanghai, or online from anywhere in the world.

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    Spring / Fall Semester Intake

    A part-time program, in which you will learn comprehensive Chinese in three online sessions per week. Ideal for Chinese learners who don’t have the opportunity to study full-time. The program is online, which means you can attend from anywhere in the world.

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    Jan.~ Feb. / Jul. ~ Aug.

    An intensive, short-term program, with a flexible duration: You can study for 1 weeks minimum, or 5 weeks maximum. The programs are taught offline, on our campus in downtown Shanghai. An ideal program to brush-up on your Chinese, or prepare for a long-term program.

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  • Students can apply for Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS) or International Chinese Language Teachers Scholarship to study General Chinese Program as a general scholar for one semester or one year. In addition, currently enrolled students are accessible to rewards for outstanding academic performances.

    ●Consulting & Application: designated dispatching authorities for overseas study of the applicants' home country


    ● Application website: www.campuschina.org

    Type A application; Preferences of Institute I: Donghua University;


    ●How to receive the Pre-admission Letter from DHU: send an inquiry email to ices@dhu.edu.cn with the subject of "Pre-admissions Letter for Chinese Study".

    ●Application Eligibility: enrolled students at the Confucius Institute

    ●Application Website:cis.chinese.cn

    At the end of each semester, among the currently enrolled students, those who pass the rewards Review will be awarded "Excellent Student Award", "Progress Award" and etc. The rewards will be used for the tuition fee waiver for the next semester.

  • Faculty

    Donghua University warmly welcomes you to learn Chinese and Chinese culture in the heart of Shanghai. With the development of China's opening up and globalization, China and the world have become inseparable. Understanding China and learning Chinese have changed from a unique choice to a common phenomenon. Chinese is an important tool for foreigners living in China, and also a stepping stone to study and work.


    Donghua University is one of the oldest universities in China, which offers Chinese language courses for foreigners. It has been one of the universities with the largest number of graded levels and the richest variety of Chinese language programs in China. Over 3000 foreigners come to our school to learn Chinese every year. Our school is located in the center of Shanghai, with beautiful scenery, convenient transportation and wonderful social opportunities.


    It is our consistent aim to provide high quality teaching and service as shown by drive for maintaining an academic team with rich teaching experience, service staff with good professional quality, strict system of quality and logistics, to create an efficient Chinese learning environment and a pleasant and safe atmosphere for you.

    Clarke LU

    Director of Chinese Language Department

    Excellent Teachers

    ICES has an excellent academic team of 60-70 Chinese instructors, among which approximately 70% have a Master's degree, and over 85% are graduated in majors related to teaching Chinese as a foreign language. This team is also rich in experience, since 17% of the instructors have more than 10 years' teaching experience; 36% have 5-10 years' teaching experience; 45% have 1-5 years' teaching experience. The score of the student assessment for the academic quality consistently reaches above 4.6 points out of 5 each semester.

  • About Teaching

    Teaching Philosophies

    Learning Objectives

    Course Information



  • Teaching Framework


    ICES uses an encrypted information system to record students' registration and class information as well as their attendance, grades, comments, etc. In this way, both the teachers and students can access it online at any time.


    Each course has a standard syllabus that includes the class objectives, use of teaching materials, study requirements, exam methods, and weekly teaching progress and assignments.


    Every week, students will make self-evaluations on their ability goals, key vocabulary, core grammar and other content so as to understand the learning outcomes in a timely manner and meanwhile to facilitate instructors to adjust the teaching progress.


    Tests are held on a regular basis and the test contents are identical for the same level. Teachers will review the papers altogether to check the students' study situation at one stage.

    Teaching Evaluation

    During the semester, a survey regarding eight aspects will be conducted to students. According to the comments on teaching capacity, methods, materials effects and etc, teaching quality is expected to be improved.


    A wide variety of study resources are available for students, including the class PPT, QUIZLET, HSK tutoring materials, online class, students' reading materials, language practice task cards and ect.

  • Practice and Activities

    Colorful extra-curricular activities and Chinese culture experience

    Gateway to Chinese characters, Pronunciation clinic, Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting, etc.

    Paper-cut, Moon-cake making, Drawing fan, Beijing Opera Mask painting, etc.

    Several language excursions in each semester are organized to distinctive natural and cultural spots away from Shanghai.

    International Students Association, dozen of recreational groups, sports clubs and Performing Art Troup.

    Provides a cross-cultural communication platform for Chinese and international students by organizing a variety of cultural and sports activities.

    'China Hand' Contest, 'Tenglong Cup' Sports Day, 'Phoenix Cup' Talent Competition, Orienteering Race, Chinese Cultural Festival, International Cultural Festival, etc.

  • Application



    Online Application

    Prepare in advance the electronic ID photo and the scanned passport information page, then register a personal account at admissions.dhu.edu.cn and complete the "Personal Information", as well as the "Academic Information".


    Application Fee Payment

    After receiving a confirming email, log in your personal account at admissions.dhu.edu.cn and pay online (Visa, Master, UnionPay, Wechat or Alipay). You can also choose to pay at ICES office with RMB cash or UnionPay card.



    If you are admitted, you can download the "Admission Notice" at admissions.dhu.edu.cn. Students apply for General Chinese program A/B and vacation program, will also get the JW202 Form (Visa Application for Study in China).

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