Introductory Chinese – Online Microcredential

Learn how to speak, read and write in Chinese

Earning a microcredential in introductory Chinese online from Oregon State University will help you to learn basic conversational Chinese and build a strong foundation that will enable you to communicate with a global network.

More than one billion people speak Mandarin Chinese, and as a student in this microcredential, you’ll learn the essentials of colloquial Mandarin with an emphasis on conversation, reading and writing.

This 12-credit, online offering is designed for students with no prior education in the Chinese language.


Required courses (12 credits)


The in-demand skills you’ll develop in this microcredential will give you what you need to stand out and level up your career.

  • Basic written Chinese
  • Basic spoken Chinese
  • Basic Chinese comprehension

Explore more Chinese course sequences

Oregon State offers a variety of course sequences in Chinese online that can help you fulfill language course prerequisites at OSU or another institution. These additional courses feature high levels of engagement and interactivity with OSU faculty and fellow students, so you can boost your language proficiency.


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