Chinese studies

About Chinese studies

We offer the most comprehensive Chinese language program available in Australia with six distinct entry points, from the introductory level (for students with no previous Chinese language ability) through to the Chinese as a first language stream.

Why take Chinese studies?

China is a powerhouse of the world economy and is increasingly important to Australia within government and private sectors. Majoring in Chinese means you’ll be proficient in Mandarin, conversant in the culture, history and politics of China and will broaden your career options.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MajorNote Clayton
Extended MajorNote Clayton
MinorNote Clayton

This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Studying a language at Monash

Knowing an international language and understanding global cultures are sought-after job skills that can help you set up your career in Australia or abroad. Whether you're a complete beginner or already proficient, we'll help you discover the world.

Career options

  • Export and import industries
  • International business
  • Tourism
  • Foreign affairs
  • Teaching
  • Cultural economy
  • Translation and interpreting

Overseas opportunities

You can take a semester-long program at pre-eminent universities in China or Taiwan, or do an intensive program in China over summer. There are generous scholarships provided by the Australian and Chinese governments.

Shahneezar Thevakumar recently returned from China, where she competed for Monash University in the second round of the Chinese Bridge Competition, a worldwide contest of Chinese language skill for non-Chinese students.