What will I learn?

China is one of the world's great civilisations, alongside the European and Middle Eastern traditions. The Chinese Studies major provides you with a solid understanding of Chinese society and culture, the foundational language skills essential to function with confidence in the Chinese-speaking world, a basic ability to work in China-related professions and the competence to conduct research in Chinese studies.

The modern Chinese language major caters for a wide range of language abilities, from complete beginners to those with background in both standard and non-standard forms of Chinese vernacular. It focuses on developing effective communicative skills at the beginner and intermediate levels, including Chinese for professional purposes. At the advanced levels, we teach research and academic writing skills in the Chinese language. The teaching of classical Chinese is integrated with the study of the literature and thought of pre-modern China.

Regardless of your prior experience of the language, you will have access to the full range of units of study offered by the department including the opportunity to go on exchange or attend an Intensive Summer Program at Peking University.

Whether you are an absolute beginner in the language or you are a background-speaker, you can major in Chinese Studies and go on to complete an honours year or postgraduate study in the subject. As a graduate you may have a career in international relations, multinational corporations, media, tourism, NGOs, academic research, and education relating to China.

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates enter a wide range of careers. Examples include:

  • Communications and media officer
  • Foreign affairs or trade officer
  • Journalist
  • Language specialist or educator
  • Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Translator and interpreter
  • Travel and tourism consultant

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

CRICOS

000705M

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $45,000; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

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

Application deadline

31 January 2022, 30 June 2022

More details

Start date

21 February 2022, 1 August 2022

Venue

The University of Sydney

Camperdown/Darlington Campus,

Level 5, JFR (Jane Foss Russell) Building, 160 City Road,

DARLINGTON,

New South Wales,

2008, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a ATAR score: 28 -40; English Language Requirements: IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Paper based score of 565; TOEFL IBT: 85; PTE Academic score of 61; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 58; Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 45; Cambridge English scale: CAE and CPE: 176.

For international students

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

a secondary education qualification (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 85 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing.

IELTS score: A minimum result of 6.5 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band

Pearsons Test of English: A minimum result of 61 overall and a minimum result of 54 in each band

Application deadline: Jan/31 for Semester 1 and June/30 for semester 2.

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

Pathways options

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