Chinese Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts, 3 years full-time, Parkville. CRICOS code: 002167E

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Students who complete this major will:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of Chinese language, culture and society, relative to their entry level
  • Develop a capacity to combine knowledge of the Chinese language with other disciplines.
  • Gain knowledge of the social and cultural diversity of China and develop the skills to work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Gain the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities and work effectively both independently and in groups

Course Description

Offered by the Asia Institute

The Chinese Studies program at The University of Melbourne is one of the largest Chinese programs in Australia. The language subjects (taught at a range of levels, from beginner to advanced) are designed to maximise acquisition of the language and to develop their communication skills in various types of texts, interactional contexts and strategic aspects of meaning making. The curriculum also allows students to develop a broad understanding of cultural, social and historical aspects of China. Chinese language subjects are organised in a progressive sequence (of units) from Chinese 1 through to Chinese 10. Entry and exit points are determined by the student's background in the language, placement testing, prerequisites or at the discretion of the Chinese Studies program. Students normally progress through the subjects in consecutive order. Mid-year entry is also possible into subjects with even numbers, subject to appropriate prior experience and approval from the head of the Chinese Studies program.


  • International trade
  • Diplomacy
  • Multinational business
  • Translation
  • Teaching
  • Communications

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