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This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.
Which language can be traced back 2000 years before the Common Era? Which language is both one of the five working languages of the United Nations and one of the most important new languages in New Zealand? Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin), the standard language in China (including Taiwan) and Singapore, and amongst Chinese communities all over the world.
Studying Chinese at Victoria means you will learn the ideographic writing system, along with spoken Chinese. You will study in a supportive and comprehensive programme that will make you confident and assured in speaking, reading and writing one of the oldest languages in the world.
Chinese is offered as a major for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and can also contribute to a BA major in Modern Language Studies. Chinese courses complement other courses in Asian Studies, History, Geography or in Commerce and Law.
Modern China is an economic superpower. Companies want to do business with China, and China wants to take its business to the world. There are flourishing career opportunities for graduates who can communicate in Chinese and English.
Chinese major requirements
- CHIN 101 and 102 and CHIN 112
- CHIN 211 and 212 and either ASIA 208 or 20 further points from CHIN 200-299
- CHIN 311 and 312 and 20 further points from CHIN 300-399
All students with prior exposure to Chinese must contact Chinese Programme staff prior to enrolment in order to ascertain their suitable entry level.
Postgraduate Qualifications in Chinese
For information specific to Chinese, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.
Victoria's Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.
Contact the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Student and Academic Services Office for information on admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites.
Chinese courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School Office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Campus.
For a complete course listing, see the list of all Chinese courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
CHIN 101 – Chinese Language 1A
CHIN 102 – Chinese Language 1B
CHIN 112 – Introduction to Chinese Civilisation
|200 Level Courses|
CHIN 211 – Chinese Language 2A
CHIN 212 – Chinese Language 2B
CHIN 213 – Modern Chinese Literature
FHSS 210 – Study Abroad for Language Students
|300 Level Courses|
CHIN 311 – Chinese Language 3A
CHIN 312 – Chinese Language 3B
CHIN 313 – Classical Chinese Language and Literature
CHIN 314 – Advanced Chinese Composition and Translation
FHSS 310 – Study Abroad for Language Students
|400 Level Courses|
CHIN 401 – Advanced Chinese Language
CHIN 489 – Research Project