Pursuing Mandarin at higher levels
October 12, 2023

If you’re looking at pursuing Mandarin language as a career, want to join the Indian Foreign Services or would like to research more into India’s largest neighbour, here are a few options beyond the regular HSK courses. For those that are more serious about learning more about China, several Indian Universities offer Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs in Mandarin.

Scholars of Mandarin have many options available to them including working for the nation in security or intelligence, research and allied fields as well as teaching, translation and interpretation jobs all of which are high paying.

Below are a list of some of the larger universities that offer a comprehensive Mandarin language program and their unique curriculum outlines.

Besides those mentioned, the Central University of Gujarat, Doon University, Sikkim University and Central University of Jharkhand all offer a Post Graduate and Under Graduate course in Mandarin. Mumbai University, EFLU in Hyderabad and K. R. Mangalam University all offer an Under Graduate program.  University of Mysore offers a diploma course while the University of Manipur offers a certificate course in Mandarin.  

Please note that this information can change over a period of time. Always contact Inchin Closer for the latest information.

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi
    • Programs Offered: Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate
    • Highlights: JNU is renowned for its Mandarin language programs. The certificate and diploma courses provide a strong foundation in Mandarin. The undergraduate and postgraduate programs delve deeper into linguistic and cultural aspects. JNU’s emphasis on research makes its Mandarin courses stand out.
  1. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    • Programs Offered: Certificate, Diploma
    • Highlights: Jamia Millia Islamia offers excellent beginner-level Mandarin courses. The certificate and diploma programs focus on language acquisition, pronunciation, and grammar. These courses are ideal for students looking to start their journey in Mandarin.
  1. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi
    • Programs Offered: Certificate
    • Highlights: BHU offers a certificate program in Mandarin language and culture. It provides students with fundamental language skills and an introduction to Chinese culture. BHU’s serene campus in Varanasi offers a unique backdrop for language learning.
  1. Delhi University (DU), New Delhi
    • Programs Offered: Certificate
    • Highlights: DU offers a certificate course in Mandarin, aimed at beginners. It provides a strong foundation in the language and is suitable for students who want a basic understanding of Mandarin.
  1. Symbiosis Institute of Foreign and Indian Languages (SIFIL), Pune
    • Programs Offered: Certificate, Diploma, Postgraduate, and Ph.D.
    • Highlights: SIFIL offers a wide range of Mandarin language programs. The certificate and diploma courses focus on language proficiency. The postgraduate program delves into linguistics and translation. SIFIL’s Ph.D. program is ideal for those interested in advanced research in Mandarin.
  1. Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan
    • Programs Offered: Certificate
    • Highlights: Visva-Bharati University offers a certificate program in Chinese language and culture. This program combines language learning with cultural appreciation, making it unique.
  1. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
    • Programs Offered: Certificate
    • Highlights: Jadavpur University offers a certificate course in Mandarin, providing students with a foundation in the language. Kolkata’s rich cultural atmosphere complements the language learning experience.
  1. Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune
    • Programs Offered: Certificate, Diploma
    • Highlights: Bharati Vidyapeeth University offers beginner and intermediate-level courses in Mandarin. The certificate and diploma programs emphasize language skills and cultural insights.


Indian universities are increasingly recognizing the importance of Mandarin language proficiency in today’s globalized world. These institutions offer a wide spectrum of programs, from certificates to Ph.D. degrees, catering to different levels of learners. Whether you’re a beginner looking to explore the basics or a scholar interested in advanced research, there’s a Mandarin language program in India to suit your needs. Embracing these programs can open up new opportunities for cultural exchange, international business, and academic research.

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