Established in 1960, Huaqiao University (HQU) is a national key comprehensive university and a national academic base of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. The university is located in Fujian Province, with one campus in Xiamen, a bright pearl at sea and the winner of UN Habitat Scroll of Honor, and the other in Quanzhou, a famous historic and cultural city. Committed to providing education to students from foreign countries, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, HQU is dedicated to serving the overseas Chinese and promoting Chinese culture. As one school with domestic and overseas students, the university is a strong believer in teaching students in accordance with their aptitude. It has built a unique campus culture of diversity but harmony. Over the years, HQU has made remarkable achievements in training talents.
College of Chinese Language and Culture (CCLC) of HQU specializes in providing overseas Chinese education, teaching Chinese as a foreign language as well as pre-university education for international students, and students from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Formerly known as Jimei Overseas Chinese Tutoring School, CCLC was established in 1953 and incorporated into HQU in 1997. CCLC was among the first to admit international students under the approval of the Ministry of Education. It is also one of the first national academic bases of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language approved by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council. It is the key institution of facilitating Chinese teaching in neighboring countries with the support of Hanban, China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (NOCFL). It is the first Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Center in Fujian authorized by the Chinese government. Since its establishment over 60 years ago, more than 40,000 students from home and abroad have been successfully trained to serve 94 countries and regions. CCLC boasts a group of professional teachers who are passionate about teaching Chinese language and familiar with the characteristics of international students. At present, CCLC has 70 full-time teachers, half of whom are with senior professional titles. All of the young teachers under the age of 35 have received doctoral degrees in fields related to Chinese international education.
CCLC runs the operation mode of serving the overseas Chinese and promoting Chinese culture, attaches great importance to disseminating Chinese language and culture, and develops a multi-level and multi-form school running system that is based on programs designed to spread Chinese language to the world. The college offers the master programs of Chinese Language and Chinese Language Education, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Teaching Chinese As a Foreign Language, and the undergraduate programs of Teaching Chinese As a Foreign Language, Chinese Language Education, and Chinese Language. A junior college program of Chinese Language is also available. CCLC offers six-month and twelve-month Chinese learning classes (elementary, intermediate and advanced) on Business Chinese, Tourism Chinese, and Chinese Culture. Late enrollment is accepted in accordance with levels and needs of students. CCLC has achieved gratifying success in graduate program for international students, higher education program for the self-taught, teaching qualification certificate program and short-term teaching training, all of which are well-received in many countries. CCLC also cooperates with Chinese promotion organizations from different countries in running teaching qualification certificate programs, hosting summer/winter camps for learning Chinese and organizing field trips to explore China. At present, over 1,000 international students from over 50 countries and regions, including Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Russia, the US, the UK, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan are studying in CCLC.
CCLC gives a platform for students from home and abroad to show their talents and therefore forms a unique campus culture of "celebrating different cultures with the aim of promoting Chinese culture". Students from home and abroad work together to host Chinese Culture Contests, Classics Reading Contests, Southeast Asia Cultural Festivals, Indonesian Night Fairs and Loy Krathong Festivals. The college provides the international students with an opportunity to travel around China during summer and winter breaks. Chinese students and international students interact with each other and help to create an excellent language environment, which has become one of the distinctive characteristics of CCLC.
Located in Jimei Schools Village in Xiamen, fronting the sea with hills at the back, CCLC offers convenient transportation and complete facilities including smart classrooms with sophisticated equipment, Chinese culture experience rooms, language labs, multimedia rooms, Internet rooms and electronic libraries. Students can also enjoy cozy student apartments, canteens, shops and sports fields.