What will I learn?

Be a leader in the world’s global marketplace

Understanding the language and culture of China can unlock the door to a lifetime of exciting careers.

Understanding Chinese culture and language will help you establish your career, whether you’re interested in foreign diplomacy, business or finance.

The relationship between China and New Zealand grows stronger every year. China is a core global player at the hub of the Asia-Pacific region, and a leader in overseas relations. New Zealand is home to many ethnic Chinese.

Relevant in Australasian contexts

The multicultural nature of society makes it important to learn about new languages and cultures. Our digital study materials are relevant to our Australasian students, so you’ll gain skills applicable to your own communities.

Highly interactive

Massey’s BA (Chinese) offers Chinese language courses ranging from beginners to advanced. You don’t need any knowledge of Chinese to enrol in beginners’ courses.

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you’ll learn from supportive, passionate academics. Our digital study materials are complete with exercises, audio, videos and presentations. You can access live online tutorials/lectures at different times – evenings, lunchtimes and weekends – to fit with your busy schedule. You don’t have to learn on your own, and can practice speaking Chinese in a shared environment.


More and more skilled graduates in Chinese are needed to work in areas such as:

  • Diplomacy
  • Health care
  • International business
  • Secondary teaching
  • Tourism
  • Immigration and customs
  • Foreign affairs

If you’re planning a career in these areas you’re encouraged to include Chinese in your degree to give yourself a competitive edge in the job market.

Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) structure

A Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) major consists of 120 credits (eight courses) of compulsory courses and courses from the Schedule.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities

Study options

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$24,490.00 (12,23,277) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected October 2022

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Start date

28 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum academic entry requirement is successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. Successful completion of High School Diploma from an accredited high school, plus a minimum ACT composite score of 24 . English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 170.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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

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About Massey University

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  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
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