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Asian Studies


Qian Gao, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture

Transylvania University 
Carpenter Academic Center 302A
300 North Broadway Lexington, KY 40508-1797

Phone: (859) 233-8283

The Asian studies minor focuses students’ attention on the people of Asia, including their diaspora. Students gain an understanding of the region’s historical and contemporary societies and cultures by completing courses in various disciplines.

 Learning a language is only a competition with oneself. When you learn it, imagine what you want to do with it.

Qian Gao, Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture


Through a partnership with the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University’s Confucius Classroom offers full scholarships for students to attend the Shanghai Summer School—a 4-week study abroad program in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Summer School offers an exciting program which includes classes in Chinese language, culture and history, as well as visits to museums, palaces, local villages and some of China’s largest high-tech companies. Through its packed class schedule and itinerary filled with lectures, experiences, practices, discussions, exhibitions and visits, the Shanghai Summer School offers students opportunities to savor the infinite charm of Chinese culture and come face to face with the magnificent international metropolis in the setting of globalization.