China at Harvard

Harvard University has promoted the study of China since the appointment of our first Chinese-language instructor in 1879. Today, over 300 of our faculty from every school on campus study China.

Scholars from around the world are supported by the largest collection of East Asian materials outside of Asia. We are home to over 2,000 students and scholars, and a further 2,500 alumni, from Greater China.

Ge Kunhua (1838-1882), the first Chinese language instructor at Harvard University. Image: Harvard University Archives.