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Year in China A


Admission requirements

Only for students of the MA Asian Studies: Chinese Studies.
Students will only be allowed to attend the Year in China after passing the following courses:

  • Introduction to Asian Studies

  • Chinese Oral/Aural Proficiency B (only the following assessment components: Before-class tasks, Oral presentation , Mid-term exam)


due to the current COVID-19 outbreak this part of the programme may be cancelled or modified

Students spend a total of one year at Shandong University (Jinan, People’s Republic of China) as part of their Master’s program.
The focus of the year at Shandong University is on language acquisition, in order to obtain at least HSK level 5 upon returning to Leiden.
During their year in China, the students are also expected to do preparatory research for their Master’s Thesis.

Course objectives

Advance the student’s Mandarin Chinese language proficiency through intensive practice of oral, aural, reading and writing skills.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.


Students do not have to register in uSis for this course.
After completion of the courses, the official transcripts of Shandong University have to be sent to the Board of Examiners of Asian Studies.


For more information on the Year in China, contact the Coordinator of Studies.