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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

  • Advanced Mandarin 1


Students spend a total of one year at Shandong University (Jinan, People’s Republic of China) as part of their Master 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 Thesis.

Course objectives

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


Study abroad.

Mode of instruction

Language courses at Shandong University

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

After completion of the courses, the official transcripts of Shandong University have to be sent to the Board of Examiners of Asian Studies.


Study abroad cannot be retaken. In case of unforeseen circumstances the exam committee and the programme may offer alternatives if possible.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.


Students do not have to register for this course. Further details on registration to MA -120 students takes place at the start of the semester.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office Vrieshof


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