Undergraduate study in Chinese

What you can 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 will be 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.

Structuring your major in Chinese

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

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.

How to choose your courses

You can 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

Taking a Module in Chinese

If you would like to study Chinese alongside your two BA majors, you can complete a Module.

A Module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme which enables you to add extra value to your Bachelor of Arts.

Take a look at Modules


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Chinese:

First time enrolment in language courses

By enrolling in an introductory language course you are declaring that you have either:

  • No knowledge or prior study of the taught language
  • Minimum knowledge of the taught language

If you have prior knowledge or previous study in a language you can enrol in a more advanced course by submitting an enrolment concession request via Student Services Online.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Chinese, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.