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- Chinese Major (BA)
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
Chinese is the world’s most spoken first language. Classes cater for beginners through to native speakers.
Last semester I had an exchange scholarship to Fudan University in Shanghai. The culture, the people and the general environment was a dream – it solidified my desire to work in Asia after my studies.
Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers.
This course can be studied in a double degree.
You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.
Spoken by 1.3 billion people, Chinese is the world’s most spoken first language. China also has one of the world’s most vibrant economies, and is a major trade partner of Australia.
With Asia’s continuing social and economic growth, an understanding of Chinese language and culture is increasingly important in global engagement.
This major will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for a diverse international career.
You will gain a high level of literacy in Chinese – listening, speaking, reading and writing – and a deep understanding of Chinese culture and society.
This major is suitable for all students (previous study of Chinese is not required). Advanced classes are provided for students who have studied Chinese previously and specific units are offered for native speakers of the language.
Chinese is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.
See our handbook for more course information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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- The Chinese language has a long history with rich cultural heritage.
- A working knowledge of the Chinese language will open up many career opportunities in Australia and abroad.
- We combine enjoyable classroom learning with online Chinese language resources to help you build the knowledge and skills for effective intercultural communications.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- Research officer
- Foreign affairs and trade officer
- Interpreter / translator
- Tourism information officer / tour guide
- Welfare worker
- Teacher – English as a Second Language
- Global business
- International relations
- Public service
What you'll learn
- communicate in Chinese, and apply knowledge of applied linguistics and intercultural communication in a professional context
- critically analyse issues in the context of cultural and linguistic differences
- locate, evaluate and synthesise information from various sources using more than one language
- function in Chinese with an ability to communicate in an appropriate register in a range of situations and for a range of purposes
- use technology effectively to collect information and communicate in more than one language
- take responsibility for own learning and professional development in an international context
- evaluate and analyse issues arising in the region with in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and culture
- interact with people from a range of cultures and backgrounds with an understanding of cultural differences
- work independently and in teams with an intercultural understanding
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
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I have work and life experience
Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.
I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship
Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.
Other requirements and notes for this course
Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you with to study a double major, you elect the second major once you have been accepted into the course.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Please view the Bachelor of Arts degree for indicative fees.
How to apply
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- Curtin course code: MJRU-CHNSE
- Last updated on: 12/08/2022