Language Learning

At China Institute, we believe that a deeper understanding between the U.S. and China is critical to strengthening our global community in the 21st Century, and that proficiency in the Chinese language will facilitate a more nuanced dialogue between and among our citizens and leaders. This belief is the foundation for our language programs, directed both at language learning and also at ensuring that Mandarin language teachers have high quality training available to them so that they can inspire, engage, and educate their students with maximum effectiveness.

Because of our position as a global leader in evaluating and understanding best practices in the teaching of Mandarin language, China Institute is in a unique position to employ in our classrooms what we are learning through research and teacher training. Thus, we strive to design our classes in such a way that they embody the best practices in methodology and curriculum available to educators today, and, in turn, to enrich our professional development offerings for teachers with what we have learned in the hands-on practical setting of our classrooms.

Language & Studio Programs


Registration for classes is on a first come, first served basis and can be completed via phone, online, e-mail, or in person. For more information, please visit the individual programs’ page:


In order to secure a place, tuition and fees must be paid in full upon registration. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, check, money order (payable to The China Institute), and/or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). A $50 fee will be applied to any bounced checks.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Class tuition is non-refundable unless a written notice is provided.

Refunds will be issued according to the following schedule:

  • 100% tuition: one week prior to the first class/session
  • 90% tuition: 24 hours prior to the third class/session
  • No refund: from the third class/session

Please note that absences from class do not constitute as a notice of withdrawal.

A cancellation fee will be applied to all refund and withdrawal requests. Registration fees and/or learning materials are non-refundable. Refunds will be returned in the same method of payment. Please allow 8-10 business days for the processing of refunds. Refunds for checks and money orders may take as long as 4 to 6 weeks to process. Students who applied previous credit for either full or partial payment are not entitled to a refund and/or additional credit.


Discounts may be offered to members of the China Institute; please refer to the individual programs for the specific discounts available to members. Membership fees are non-refundable in the case of withdrawal. For more information regarding China Institute’s memberships, please email or visit

For more information on the registration policies pertaining to each specific program, please contact the individual program or visit their webpage:

The School of Chinese Studies has been chartered since 1944 by the University of the State of New York. The School admits students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or ethnic or national origin.