About Chinese

We have the largest group of China specialists in New Zealand. Our research and teaching places emphasis on modern Chinese language and contemporary developments, but you can also gain an understanding of classical Chinese.

Studying Chinese

Absolute beginners with no prior knowledge can start learning Chinese and can go on to PhD-level study in Chinese language.  We encourage you to place language study in a broader context of China studies. Courses on film, politics, history, society and religion, the Chinese diaspora in New Zealand and elsewhere and modern literature can round out your China knowledge. Native speakers can also find courses to enhance their language skills.

Find out more about studying Chinese

Overseas study opportunities

Study abroad opportunities include an annual six-week language intensive course at Kunming University, Yunnan, China. We also encourage students to take advantage of both short-term and long-term study opportunities on exchange in China at partner institutions.

Student exchange and study abroad

Chinese cultural links

The University of Auckland hosts the award-winning Confucius Institute, which offers study opportunities in China, including through the “China Bridge” speech competition. The University has agreements with several of the top universities in China.

Visit the Confucius Institute

Staff research in Chinese

We are part of the School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics. Our research interests include Chinese language and linguistics, modern culture and contemporary politics, and overseas Chinese, including Chinese New Zealanders. We collaborate with staff across the School and are also connected with the New Zealand Asia Institute.

Find out more about staff research in Chinese