Chinese develops your understanding of contemporary China, an increasingly important global economic power. You can study Chinese language from beginners to advanced stages. Your language study will be embedded in cultural contexts as you develop your knowledge of Chinese society, history, politics, film and literature. 

Areas of study

In your first year you take introductory language courses where you will be able to recognise and write over 500 simplified characters (jiantizi) and engage in basic conversation in Chinese. All students also gain a basic knowledge of the history, culture and society of China, and more broadly, Asia. In subsequent years, you can take advanced courses in Chinese language along with courses which offer in depth study of Chinese literature, culture, history and society.

You can study Chinese in the following programmes:

What you will learn

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 civilisational and 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.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have careers in international organisations, NGOs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other areas of government. You might also work for a multinational company or a New Zealand company in Asia, or within New Zealand's Asian communities.

More information

For more information see Chinese.