Undergraduate study in Chinese

What can you study in Chinese?

In Chinese language courses you will learn conversational Chinese and develop reading ability. You will learn modern standard Chinese (Mandarin), with opportunities to study the classical written language (wenyan) at Stage III. While a major emphasis is on learning to read and write Chinese, you will acquire a solid grounding in communicative language. You will also learn basic translation skills.

Your language learning is embedded in rich cultural contexts. To complement your Chinese language courses, you can study Chinese culture, literature, film, philosophy, history and society. These courses are taught in English.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the links between the University of Auckland and universities in Chinese-speaking locations. We also offer study tours to Yunnan University.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Chinese

You can study Chinese as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Chinese will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.
 

Enrolling in Chinese language courses

If you are enrolling in a Chinese language course for the first time, refer to information about first time enrolment in language courses.

You will also need to follow the instructions for enrolling in courses with wait lists.
 

Planning your BA major in Chinese

As well as Chinese language courses, you must take ASIAN 100: Images of Asia and CHINESE 130: Rethinking China. These courses give you a basic knowledge of the history, culture and society of China, and more broadly, Asia.

In later years, we encourage you to combine advanced courses in Chinese language with courses which allow an in-depth study of Chinese literature, culture, history and society.
 

The Bachelor of Arts (BA)

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Chinese as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

To construct a major or minor in Chinese students are strongly encouraged to complement their language study with courses on Chinese culture, history, society and literature. A minor in Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese culture would most beneficially complement a major in Chinese.

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts.

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Chinese. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Chinese

You can also study Chinese for the Diploma in Languages or the Certificate in Languages.

For help with degree planning

Arts Students' Centre

Placement tests

Students with background in the Chinese language will be assessed and placed in Chinese language classes at an appropriate level by taking a placement test.

First time enrolment in language courses
 

Diploma in Languages and Certificate in Languages

Chinese is available for the Diploma in Languages and the Certificate in Languages. The diploma consists of 120 points of specified courses and the certificate of 60 points. These programmes are normally taken part-time alongside study for a degree.

Find out more about the Diploma in Languages and Certificate in Languages.