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.

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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:

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.

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  • Chinese 1A AIC181
  • Chinese 1B AIC182
  • Chinese 2A AIC281
  • Chinese 2B AIC282
  • Chinese 3A AIC381
  • Chinese 3B AIC382
  • 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: 

  • Chinese 2A AIC281
  • Chinese 2B AIC282
  • Chinese 3A AIC381 (2 credit points)
  • Chinese 3B AIC382 (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:

  • Chinese for Business Purposes A AIC385
  • Chinese for Business Purposes B AIC386
  • Chinese major sequence at advanced level for background speakers only

  • Chinese 2C AIC283
  • Chinese 2D AIC284
  • Chinese 3C AIC383 '(2 credit points)'
  • Chinese 3D AIC384 (2 credit points)
  • Advanced speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

  • Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes C AIC387
  • Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes D AIC389
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