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Chinese at Curtin

Expand your horizons

Are you eager to speak a language used by more than one fifth of the world’s population and experience an exciting culture with an amazing combination of the traditional and the modern? Then Curtin is the best place for you to come to do a Chinese major.

Expand your horizons: Chinese @ Curtin

China is the most populous nation in the world with over 1.3 billion people, more than one fifth of the world's population. Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world and one of the top five working languages of the United Nations. It is also spoken by Chinese communities throughout south-east Asia and elsewhere.

As the world's largest economy in purchasing power, second largest trading nation and third largest economy, China has important regional significance to Australia. In 2005, China accounted for around one quarter of the world's economic growth and during the past five years China has been the single largest contributor to global growth. Australia maintains a strong trading tie with China (Australia’s biggest trading partner), providing our graduates with a broad range of career opportunities in many professional fields.

The Chinese major, which can be taken as part of the Bachelor of Arts, provides you a high level of both spoken and written literacy in Chinese (Mandarin). In addition to the language study, you will also develop an understanding of Chinese culture and society. To enhance your learning experience, you may also take a semester abroad at one of our exchange universities in China. Our main priority is on training our students to be better equipped at engaging with China and Chinese communities.

You can take this course as part of a four year double degree with either Commerce or Media and Information to broaden your employment opportunities.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research projects.

Chinese flyer [.pdf - 373kb]

From a Chinese graduate's perspective [.pdf - 278kb]