Chinese Studies Major - Bachelor of Arts

Study Chinese and you'll learn to communicate with cultural sensitivity and linguistic proficiency – key skills in our multicultural world.

There are Chinese-speaking communities in every corner of the globe, so knowledge of the most widely spoken language in the world is your passport to exciting career and travel opportunities.

Gain an edge over the competition by developing knowledge in more than one discipline – you can tailor the Chinese Studies degree to your career aspirations by including courses in a range of subjects, from business, hospitality and tourism and social sciences, to international studies, translation and interpreting.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

Throughout your three years of studies you develop a sound understanding of Chinese, as well as effective communication, critical thinking and other transferable skills you'll need for your future career.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Chinese Studies courses

Courses you could take over your three years of study include:

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (the Work Integrated Learning course) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

Recent placements included:

  • E Cube Publishing Ltd
  • Union Education & Immigration
  • New Century Education

Explore Chinese culture, values and society, as well as the essentials of Chinese language. This major can be studied as part of a double major, and graduates can choose from a wide range of careers in New Zealand’s increasingly multicultural workplaces.

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Key features
  • Combine learning Chinese with other interests like business, tourism, social sciences, translation or interpreting
  • Tailor your study to your career goals
  • Workplace experience in your final semester
See yourself as
  • Intrigued by different cultures, particularly Chinese
  • Keen for a challenge and inquisitive
  • An analytical problem-solver
  • A conceptual thinker

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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