China is one of the world’s oldest civilisations, with Mandarin Chinese spoken by more than half the world’s population.
Studying Chinese gives you access to this economic power, with huge international influence and ever-growing relations with Aotearoa.
- Learn modern standard Chinese, both spoken and written.
- Experience Chinese society, including literature, cinema, technology, and modern culture.
- UC’s Confucius Institute, in collaboration with Huazhong University of Science and Technology, has opportunities to practise Chinese language and experience the culture on campus.
- Exchange opportunities with China, including business tours and language immersion with Chinese universities.
For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, complete the following courses:
- Three 200-level CHIN courses
- Plus at least two CHIN courses (30 points) from any year level.
It is highly recommended that you complete some Chinese language courses during your major study. The 100-level language courses are for absolute beginners or those with very little previous experience in Chinese language. Those with a high level of Chinese language proficiency may be given direct entry to 200-level language courses.
CHIN352 is an advanced language course required for all Chinese major students.
For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching, or Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:
- 75 points in 100 to 300-level CHIN courses, with at least 45 points above 100-level, and at least one Chinese language course
Learning Chinese will open up work both in Aotearoa and overseas, including exchange opportunities while you’re studying. There are lots of ways to strengthen your cross-cultural communication and awareness at UC.
Some career pathways could include:
- Interpreting and translation
- Tourism and travel agencies
- Business and trade relations
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Chinese.
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