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In 1982, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) established the Chinese Language Center (CLC), offering a complete Chinese language training program to promote international cultural exchange. Each year, more than 1,000 foreign students from over 50 different countries come to study Mandarin Chinese at the CLC. The students are of all ages, ranging from early teens to retired seniors.


The CLC is the second largest among all CLCs of national universities in Taiwan. In 2015, the CLC passed the nationwide Chinese language centers evaluation conducted by the Ministry of Education. In 2016, the U.S. Department of State selected NCKU to be its only partner in Taiwan to host the Chinese Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS). In 2019, the Taiwan Intensive Summer Language Program (TISLP) that CLC has hosted since 2016 received recognition from Chinese Flagship Council, and it is now an approved program for Chinese Flagship Program students to apply.