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What will I learn?

BA in Chinese Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme that is focused on studying and learning through direct engagement with China. With an emphasis on teaching in English and training for effective communication in international arenas, the programme offers an integrated exploration of the complexities of Chinese history, culture, language and contemporary society, including economy, governance, and business. It is ideal for students who want to be the globally-oriented China-specialist analysts, cross-cultural communicators, and twenty-first century network-builders.

The curriculum provides a range of opportunities for students to train language, communication and analytical skills and explore the diversity of Chinese studies. Students learning Chinese as a Second Language are placed in the “International Stream”, which ensures they will receive the high-level of Chinese language training necessary for international China experts. Students in the “Chinese Native-Speaker Stream” receive additional attention to strengthening English writing and communication skills in global settings.

Since the programme is taught in English, non-Chinese-speaking students are also welcome whereas *no knowledge of Chinese is required for admission. On the other hand, students will receive intensive training on Chinese language because one of the major goals of the programme is to equip our students with superior Chinese language skills. Learning Chinese is a challenging process, but the cultural and academic rewards of doing so are immense, not to mention its value – and increasing necessity – in today’s job market.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US $18,700 for the entire course
Start date

Expected September 2022


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained SAT Reasoning Test; and preferably with 2 SAT Subject Tests/ 2 Advanced Placement (AP) Tests. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.GCSE/IGCSE/GCE-OL.

For international students

Acceptable Qualifications:

  • GCE - AL / International-AL
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • National/Provincial Examinations
  • Associate Degree or Higher Diploma
  • Other high school qualification may also be considered

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • Other recognised language tests if English is not used as the native languages

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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