Bachelor of Arts

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Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)


Mandarin Chinese is one of the world’s most important languages. It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Singapore and is widely used in community groups throughout South-East Asia, Hong Kong, North America and Australia. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations. Develop your communication skills in Chinese, with language fluency further enhanced through an understanding of Chinese culture, history and society. In-country language programs are available to students undertaking a major sequence in Chinese, giving you the opportunity to travel overseas and try out your language skills with native speakers.

Career outcomes

Careers in this field include work in the communications industry, community and government organisations, community health organisations, education sector, ethnic affairs associations, foreign affairs departments, multicultural organisations, tourism associations and translation services.

In-country study

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Chinese via study abroad. The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the major.  Second, third and advanced level students have the opportunity to spend between six and eight weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. This enables students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information. Students also build upon their knowledge of grammar based on what they have learned previously.  The program contributes as two credit points (2cp) towards the Chinese language major.  For more information about the In-Country Language program please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team:


AIC181Chinese 1A

AIC182Chinese 1B

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC282Chinese 2B

AIC381Chinese 3A

AIC382Chinese 3B

The Chinese major sequence for students who have completed Chinese at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units: 

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC282Chinese 2B

AIC381Chinese 3A (2 credit points)

AIC382Chinese 3B (2 credit points)

Post-level 12 students who are not background speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

AIC385Chinese for Business Purposes A

AIC386Chinese for Business Purposes B

Chinese major sequence at advanced level for background speakers only

AIC283Chinese 2C

AIC284Chinese 2D

AIC383Chinese 3C '(2 credit points)'

AIC384Chinese 3D (2 credit points)

Advanced speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

AIC387Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes C

AIC389Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes D


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