Diploma in Chinese

Learn more about China and Chinese culture, and develop advanced fluency in Chinese language in as little as two years with the Diploma in Chinese.

China is one of New Zealand’s biggest trading partners, and people who are fluent in Chinese are in demand in many companies. The diploma focuses on Chinese language acquisition, equipping you with the skills for everyday and workplace communication in Chinese.

Minimum entry requirements

  • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in any one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above

Selection criteria

  • Completion of Year 13 is recommended

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher; or equivalent.

Year 1

In your first year you develop a base of linguistic competence in Chinese in both oral and written communication, together with an understanding of social and cultural aspects of China. 800 characters are introduced in Year 1.

Year 2

This year you become familiar with complex language structures and specialist usage. You also gain skills for academic inquiry and independent research. A further 1000 characters are introduced. All Chinese papers are introduced in simplified Chinese characters.

Papers you can study

Students who have secondary school qualifications in Chinese may be exempt from one or more papers at the introductory level and go straight into higher level papers, subject to a placement test. These students would then be required to make up the points with other papers.

Quick facts
Programme code:
2 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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