About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
After completing this specialization, learners can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. Learners can manage most communication in Chinese when traveling in China.We aim for you to have a practical grasp of Chinese that will allow you to converse confidently in Chinese.
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Peking University is determined to make its education openly accessible to students in China and around the world. With over 3000 faculty members, Peking University offers excellence in teaching and learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the refund policy?
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
What is the meaning of “HSK”?
HSK( Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK test was launched by Hanban, consists of six levels (from level 1 to level 6, level 6 is the highest level).
What is the linkage between this specialization and HSK？
If I have no intention to take Chinese proficiency test for the present, can I enroll this specialization?
Of course you can! This specialization is designed for all who yearn to learn Chinese. For learners who will take test, this specialization will help you to master core vocabularies and key grammar points of HSK. For learners who haven’t intention, this specialization will improve your abilities of using Chinese.
What are the highlights of this specialization?
①Systematic training. Three different level courses fit for your needs, improving your Chinese language proficiencies step by step.
②Professional designing. Contents of each lesson are specifically designed based on the newest HSK Test Syllabus.
③Fun and Interactive Learning. Situational videos in the courses make you enjoy your study, you will follow PKU students in their daily lives and interactions on our campus.
Can I just enroll in a single course? I'm not interested in the entire Specialization.
Yes, you can enroll in a single course according to your level and needs.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization and what background knowledge is necessary?
CHINESE FOR HSK LEVEL 1, is a 6 weeks course, aimed at Starters of Chinese learning (the course doesn’t ask the learners to know Chinese characters.)
CHINESE FOR HSK LEVEL 2, is a 6 weeks course, aimed at Beginners of Chinese learning who know about 150 Chinese vocabularies.
CHINESE FOR HSK LEVEL 3, is a 8 weeks course, aimed at Beginners of Chinese learning who know about 300 Chinese vocabularies.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will master approximately 700 vocabularies and 200 grammar points, as well as using Chinese to handle basic communicative tasks throughout daily life, work and study, such as introduce yourself and your family, describe your daily life and your learning or working experience, ask for help as well as understanding others’ response, talk about topics regarding hobbies of yourself or others, the weather, events, scores, etc.
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