Undergraduate

Chinese

More than one billion people globally speak Chinese (Mandarin), making it the most widely-spoken language in the world. Study Chinese and open up doors to an exciting international career.
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AP Exams
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Years Full Time

Careers and further study

This major opens up a world of future study pathways and career opportunities.

Career Pathways

There is a growing demand for graduates with knowledge of Chinese and China. Graduates find career opportunities in state and federal government departments, including Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade and in commercial enterprises with a China focus such as in resources, finance and tourism. Opportunities may also be pursued at a global level with institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations. The teaching of Chinese as a second language can also be considered.
There is a growing demand for graduates with knowledge of Chinese and China. Graduates find career opportunities in state and federal government departments, including Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade and in commercial enterprises with a China focus such as in resources, finance and tourism. Opportunities may also be pursued at a global level with institutions such as the World Bank and United Nations. The teaching of Chinese as a second language can also be considered.
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Further Study

This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.
This major lays the foundation for further study options at honours and postgraduate level.
POSTGRADUATE

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this major. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or your desired course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Undergraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$93,300.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

The University of Western Australia welcomes applications from international and domestic school-leavers, mature-age applicants and those with previous tertiary study. If you’re interested in studying this major, find out the admission details below.

Minimum entry requirements

Below you’ll find a list of admission equivalencies for this course's Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

Admission requirements

For applicants with recent secondary education, information on admission criteria is available on our entry standards page.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this major? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

Chinese (Mandarin) is not only the most widely-used language in the world – it is one of the most important and useful. China is the largest trading partner for Australia and the historical links between Australia and the Chinese-speaking world have been further enhanced in the twenty-first century thanks to frequent economic and cultural interactions between the two nations. As a result of the rise of China a global powerhouse, there is a great demand for graduates with knowledge of Chinese language and China itself. 

About The Course

The Chinese major, catering for all language levels from complete beginner to native speaker, develops language skills, cultural literacy and knowledge of modern China. Classes focus on practical Chinese (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
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Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 3-4 hours per unit
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CHNSB
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
Chinese
Status
  • Available 2020
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 3-4 hours per unit
Level of study
  • Undergraduate
Course Code
  • MJD-CHNSB
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years (BA); 4 years (BPhil [Hons])
TISC Codes
  • UWART
  • UWBPH
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
Faculty
  • Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education - Arts
STUDENT STORY

Meet our students

Course Structure

This major is available in four different streams, catering from beginners through to near-native speakers. It is not suitable for native speakers. It is possible to combine Chinese with a second major from within Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce or Science.

Popular combinations

Facilities & equipment

Arts building and libraries

Put theory into practice

Current UWA students are eligible to take one of our professional experience units. These units bridge the gap between university and the workplace by providing opportunities to gain hands-on, practical experience. You can master new skills, make connections and network, get a taste of the opportunities in the workforce and add experience to your resume, all before graduating.

Find out more about Work Integrated Learning.

5 years to be a

Translator

To become a translator, you will complete five years of study.

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Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Your degree options

This major is offered as a degree-specific, or first, major for these degrees. It is also offered as a second major in our other bachelor's degrees.

Why take a second major

  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed transferable skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Expand your skills - Taking a second major either in a complementary area or in something like Economics or Business Law will show you have developed skills such as, teamwork, critical thinking, digital literacy and presentation skills – which are highly sought after in the workforce.
  • Add it to your resume – Employers are looking for graduates who have skills in a variety of areas. Two majors will expand your career prospects and help you stand out amongst the crowd.
  • Study your passion alongside your interests – Do you love Marketing? Law? History of Art? Pursue a career while studying something else you love! Your second major can be from any other faculty across the university.
  • No additional time – Choosing two majors instead of one won’t add any additional time to your undergraduate degree. A standard bachelor degree consists of the same amount of units either way.
  • Discover what you want to do while you’re doing it – Not sure what career you want when you graduate? It’s very common for undergraduate students to be unsure. Choosing two majors in different areas will give you the opportunity to explore multiple interests and see what fits best. Majors can be switched until the end of your first year without adding any time onto your degree.

Check out the popular combinations for this major to get some inspiration on complementary areas to study.

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences looks at understanding the human experience and exploring how and why society works.

Graduate Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Graduate Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.