Weir Honors Fellowships in Asian Studies

Become fluent in Mandarin and gain practical, independent work experience in China, home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations and the 21st century’s fastest growing economy.  Weir Fellows spend the Spring semester in Beijing for intensive language study and then complete an eight-week summer internship in either Beijing or Shanghai exploring careers in fields such as banking, law, journalism, public health, and historic preservation.

Upcoming Programs

February 17–August 14, 2016 (apply by September 17, 2015)


Open to all UNC-CH undergraduates with at least sophomore status, a 3.2 GPA or higher, and at least 3 semesters of Chinese language


  • Intensive Chinese language (Spring, 12-18 credits)
  • Internship (Summer, 6 credits) in Beijing or Shanghai

Additional Information

Click here for program brochure.

“Before my Weir experience, I studied Chinese, and I liked it.  Six months of dumplings, Chinese puns, incomprehensible taxi drivers, hundreds of hours of studying, and one Chinese roommate-turned-best-friend later, and now I speak Chinese, but I love it.”

Luke Wander ‘13
Asian Studies and History
Fairview, NC

“It’s almost impossible to sum up the incredible experience that the Weir Fellowship provides.  If you want top notch academics, amazing teachers and classmates who will guide you every step of the way in your Chinese improvement, a vibrant colorful city with delicious food and warmhearted people, and an internship experience that will leave you with powerful impressions and lasting connections, then you are just going to have to go out and experience it for yourself .”

Ashley Rivenbark ‘14
Asian Studies (Chinese), Romance Languages
Charlotte, NC

Taking Chinese classes in China was incredible; my teachers were some of the best, most enthusiastic and most thorough I’ve ever had, and that great instruction coupled with constant practice meant my Chinese level improved dramatically. I had amazing experiences using my newfound ability shouting at waiters, commiserating with older folks over the state of the government, helping with translations and joking around with my coworkers at my internship, and exchanging friendly insults with my new Chinese friends over mahjong. When people asked me before if I knew Chinese, I’d always tell them “only very little.” Now when they ask, I just say, “Yes.”

Matt Steyl ’14
Global Studies and Asian Studies
Charlotte, NC