Chinese Studies


Mandarin Chinese is spoken by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Develop your skills in a language that has a rich cultural heritage and is strategically important in global business and international relations. Chinese Studies at UNSW is widely regarded as the first choice for students interested in Chinese language and traditions. We have one of the largest numbers of Chinese Studies student enrolments in Australia.

What you will study

Our language programs cater for students of all levels, whether you have never studied languages before or have studied at an advanced level. Entry is flexible, which means that whatever your level of experience, you can study a language course suited to your skills.

You will be immersed in both the language and culture of your chosen tongue from day one. Beginner’s courses focus on language skills and grammar using a communicative approach that emphasises interaction. Courses at Intermediate, Advanced and Professional levels maintain and develop language skills while providing in-depth contextual knowledge through the study of pop culture, history, teaching, interpreting, translation, linguistics and literature.

If you have prior language knowledge you will need to take an online placement evaluation so that we can assess your skills and select an appropriate level of course for you. Information about the evaluation and additional course details can be found on the web at:

Chinese Studies can be studied as 

Specialisation Stream Type Stream
Advanced Chinese Studies Minor
Chinese Studies Minor

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