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What will I learn?

The first and only such diploma course in Singapore

​​Five-week overseas immersion programme in either China or Taiwan for all students

​​Attractive MOE teaching bursaries and ECDA (Early Childhood Development Agency) training awards to cover tuition fees and allowances

​​Choice of three pathways: Education Track, Business Chinese Track, or Chinese Early Childhood Teaching Track NEW

Students in the Chinese Early Childhood Teaching Track may be selected for a two-week Global Education Trip (GeT) to visit early education centres in Australia, Hong Kong or Taiwan

With many looking to China for career opportunities, arm yourself with an arsenal of skills and knowledge about the Chinese culture and language to succeed as an educator or a business professional. Jump into the heart of action with our Diploma in Chinese Studies (CHS), the first and only such course offered at the polytechnic level. With more than two-thirds of the course conducted in Chinese, CHS sharpens your language skills while preparing you for careers in the education, media, and tourism and business sectors.

In your first year, you will gain a solid foundation in Chinese history, culture, literature, drama and communication. You will also be exposed to the fundamentals of translation.


Being well-versed in Chinese, coupled with the overseas exposure you get, gives you the competitive advantage when you work with local firms or multi-national corporations with a presence in China. As a graduate of CHS (Chinese Early Childhood Teaching Track), you can also work as an early childhood Chinese Language teacher.

With further studies and training, you can also work as an allied educator, translator, interpreter, journalist, editor or Programmes Manager (Culture & Heritage).

Further studies

Get up to one semester's exemption when applying for relevant degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore.

Education Track students who have completed the Diploma in Education (Chinese Language Specialisation) at NIE with good results may proceed to complete a four-year Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree course at NTU in two years.

You may also receive up to one year's exemption with the following overseas degree programmes:

Zhejiang University (China)

- Bachelor of Chinese Studies

Huazhong Normal University (China)

- Bachelor of Chinese Studies

University of Queensland (Australia)

- Bachelor of Arts

Shanghai University (China)

- Bachelor of Chinese Studies

Shanghai International Studies University (China)

- Bachelor of Chinese Studies

Fudan University (China)

- Bachelor of Chinese Studies

​ Education Track

If you are keen on becoming a primary school teacher, choose the Education Track and get the opportunity to be trained at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in your final semester. Upon graduation, you will spend another year at NIE to complete a Diploma in Education (Chinese Specialisation). Students in this track can apply directly to the Ministry of Education for a teaching bursary that covers tuition fees and offers a monthly allowance.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,11,011) per year
Start date

Expected October 2022


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

Block 52 #04-01, 535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Higher Chinese: 1–4 ('O' Level Grade); Higher Chinese: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Chines: 1–2('O' Level Grade); any three other subjects: 1–6('O' Level Grade);


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