Diploma of Chinese

Undergraduate degree

Gain a global perspective with a Diploma of Chinese at Deakin and learn how to write and converse in the language with ease. Enquire and apply today.

Domestic student information

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Learn the most widely spoken language in the world

Key facts


3 years part time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Whether you’re brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin’s Diploma of Chinese is designed to sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding. By studying Chinese alongside your degree, you'll gain the linguistic skills, as well as the essential cultural, historical and social perspectives that will give you a leading edge in a range of exciting careers. 

Do you want to develop your language skills to build a global career? 

Learning a language is not only fun, it gives you insight into different cultures, develops your adaptability and communication skills, and makes you more employable.

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, and as a continuing ancient civilisation, Chinese culture is boundlessly fascinating. Our Chinese language program allows you to gain proficiency in spoken and written Chinese, and provides an understanding of the Chinese culture and ways of life.

Through this diploma, you'll gain fluency by taking part in activities across a range of topics focusing on grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure. You’ll also learn about cultural, sociolinguistic and sociocultural considerations relevant to the Chinese language.

Increase your understanding and career opportunities by taking complementary units related to China and Asia in:

  • history
  • international relations.
  • language and culture studies

An optional Chinese In-Country Language Program gives you the opportunity to spend six to eight weeks intensively studying the Chinese language and culture. You'll be able to converse, read and write about more complex topics and build upon your knowledge of grammar.

In-Country study 

The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing the Diploma of Chinese via study abroad. The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the diploma.

As a second, third or advanced-level student, you can spend between six and eight weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. You'll be able to converse, read and write about more complex topics and build upon your knowledge of grammar.

For more information about the In-Country Language Program please refer to the Work-integrated learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Chinese, a student must successfully complete;

  • 8 credit points from the specified list of units below and;
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Chinese major sequence

For students with no prior language study.

Level 1

  • Chinese 1A AIC181
  • Chinese 1B AIC182
  • Level 2

  • Chinese 2A AIC281
  • Chinese 2B AIC282
  • Level 3

  • Chinese 3A AIC381
  • Chinese 3B AIC382
  • Chinese major sequence

    Advanced level for background speakers only.

    Level 1

  • Chinese 2C AIC283
  • Chinese 2D AIC284
  • Level 2

  • Chinese 3C AIC383 (2 credit points)
  • Chinese 3D AIC384 (2 credit points)
  • Level 3

    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
  • 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:

    Level 1

  • Chinese 2A AIC281
  • Chinese 2B AIC282
  • Level 2

  • 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
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Diploma of Chinese

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • attainment of a Certificate IV or other qualification at a higher AQF level OR
    • current enrolment in a Bachelor degree OR
    • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,684 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888


    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Graduate job ready with practical language experience

    Combine travel and study to broaden your experience

    Get a unique edge in the global job market

    Learn the most widely spoken language in the world

    Career outcomes

    The Diploma of Chinese will equip you with skills in the Chinese language that will give you a competitive edge, and expand your employment options far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

    Adding an international aspect to your degree can open doors to better career opportunities in:

    • the arts
    • business or trade
    • diplomacy or security
    • education
    • foreign policy
    • health
    • international development
    • IT or engineering
    • sciences.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Acquire theoretical, technical knowledge of the language system (pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and sociolinguistic practices) in Chinese and apply this knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning


    Communicate effectively and naturally in a range of daily and professional/academic contexts both orally and in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax, pronunciation and sociolinguistic practices in the language of study

    Digital literacy

    Use online technologies and new media for communication and immersion in authentic material in the language of study as well as for autonomous language study

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and evaluate information relating to and expressed in the language of study to support effective and natural language use

    Problem solving

    Use individual initiative to identify linguistic and sociolinguistic problems and apply knowledge of the systems of the language of study to develop personal strategies for solving problems in communication and cultural interpretation


    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, and commitment to enhancing mastery of the language of study


    Work and study collaboratively with other language students and also native speakers of the language of study

    Global citizenship

    Understand and analyse issues related to the societies that use the language of study in the domestic, regional, and global context

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

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