School of Languages and Cultures


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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.

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Undergraduate information

Chinese major requirements

  1. CHIN 101 and 102 and CHIN 112
  2. CHIN 211 and 212 and either ASIA 208 or 20 further points from CHIN 200-299
  3. CHIN 311 and 312 and 20 further points from CHIN 300-399

Absolute beginners should enrol in CHIN 101. Students who have passed NCEA Level 3 in Chinese should apply to enrol in CHIN 211.

All students with prior exposure to Chinese must contact Chinese Programme staff prior to enrolment in order to ascertain their suitable entry level.

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Postgraduate information

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.

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How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjectsCareers

Asian Studies
International Business
Modern Language Studies
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

International business

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List of courses

Chinese courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School Office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn Campus.

Meet staff who teach in the Chinese Programme or contact the School for more information, tel: 04-463 5293, email:

For a complete course listing, see the list of all Chinese courses.

100 Level Courses

CHIN 101 – Chinese Language 1A

CHIN 102 – Chinese Language 1B

CHIN 112 – Introduction to Chinese Civilisation

FHSS 110 – Reading the World: Languages and Cultures in Context

200 Level Courses

CHIN 211 – Chinese Language 2A

CHIN 212 – Chinese Language 2B

CHIN 213 – Modern Chinese Literature

FHSS 210 – Language Study Abroad

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 406 – Special Topic: Modernity and Place Making in Chinese Film and Fiction

CHIN 407 – Special Topic 2: Chinese Youth Culture and Society

CHIN 489 – Research Project

FHSS 410 – Global Popular Cultures in Context