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.
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.
Chinese studies is a great complement to your degree.
The Chinese studies major offers different entry points to cater for diverse proficiency and background needs, equipping you with the appropriate language and translation skills, as well as in-depth knowledge of Chinese culture and society. Chinese studies at Monash provides immersion opportunities through in-country studies in Beijing and Shanghai as well as online through our virtual Chinese Island in Second Life.
Studying Chinese is as much about the language as it is about the culture, history and politics of China. You’ll explore topics such as:
As well as your language units, examples of other units you can study include:
Learning Chinese will open up opportunities to pursue a career in:
China research interests at Monash range over many areas of culture, politics and society with a focus on developments in modern and present-day China as well as the Chinese-speaking world. Individual and collaborative research projects include:
With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Chinese language and culture.
Short term programs:
Exchange programs include:
GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee
The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.
When you study languages at Monash, you'll be studying at Australia’s largest international university, ranked in the top 1% in the world for Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences. We offer the most comprehensive, flexible and well-integrated program incorporating language acquisition with cultural competence. Choose from a wide range of Asian and European languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean; and French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Latin American studies (within the European Languages Area of Study). Find out more about Languages at Monash.
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.
Asian languages at Monash
Studying languages from across Asia opens you up to a global future and rewarding student experience.
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.