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Overview

Chinese is a fascinating modern language with a rich cultural heritage and an increasingly important medium in global business and communication. The minor stream in Chinese Studies encompasses the study of Chinese language and communication but also offers you the study of culture, society and civilisation. A background in Chinese Studies is useful in many areas of professional specialisation, from commerce and the business sector to tourism, the media, the public service sector and education.


This stream is available to students commencing at Introductory and Intermediate entry levels.

Placement Information

The School of Humanities and Languages offers a flexible program for students with different interests and different Chinese language backgrounds. You can enter Chinese language courses at different levels, depending on your knowledge of Chinese characters. Within each year, you are allocated to different groups, depending on your speaking ability.

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: hal.arts.unsw.edu.au

You will not be permitted to enrol in language courses that are too easy for you in terms of Chinese character knowledge. If this occurs, you will be requested to change your enrolment.

If you are admitted in your first year of study to ARTS2450 or higher on the grounds of your ability and/or previous study, such courses will be counted as Level 1 courses in terms of your degree requirements.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Minimum Units of Credit

24

Specialisation Type

Minor

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC.

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Arts/Education (Secondary) Students

The minor in Chinese Studies (24 uoc) must not be taken as it is not an approved teaching specialisation.

Commencing Mid-Year

If you commence the language studies sequence at Introductory Chinese B, you must complete a further 18 UOC in contextual courses (taught in English) or language courses.

If you commence the language studies sequence at Intermediate Chinese B, you must complete a further 18 UOC in contextual courses (taught in English) or language courses.

Additional Information

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Term 1.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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