The University of Newcastle, Australia


Study a minor or major in Chinese at UON

Unlock a world of opportunities

At the University of Newcastle (UON), Modern Standard Chinese (MSC), also known as Mandarin or Putonghua, is open to beginners who have no knowledge of the language. You can undertake Chinese studies at UON through the Diploma in Languages or via a Minor under the Bachelor of Arts degree.

When you study courses in Chinese at UON you will develop skills in written and spoken communication at a tertiary level. You will learn about aspects of Chinese society and culture to boost your knowledge and gain an understanding necessary across a variety of industries in Australia and overseas.

Growing international demand for Chinese speakers

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world, with over one-fifth of the global population being native Chinese speakers.

  • Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) is recognised as an official language of three economically strong nations: the People's Republic of China (over 1.3B in population), Singapore and Taiwan.
  • Chinese (Mandarin) is also one of the United Nation's official languages.
  • The Chinese diaspora reaches nearly every corner of the globe, opening more opportunities in various industries.

Australia-China bilateral relations

There is an increasingly strong demand for Chinese language proficiency and cultural understanding across various industries in China, Australia and around the world.

Since the seventies, Australia's economic and trade relations with the economic powerhouse has grown extensively through strong Australia-China bilateral relations*.

To make the most of the growing links and opportunities, Australia needs more Chinese speakers to bridge the gap that other first world nations are aggressively pursuing.

China has a massive non-English speaking population, and the country is a unique market with strict government regulations that limit and differentiate what citizens can access both online and offline.

What jobs can you get with a minor or major in Chinese (Mandarin)?

By learning to read, write and speak Chinese (Mandarin) you will prepare yourself for diverse career opportunities in range of industries. These include:

  • Accounting and finance
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Interpretation
  • Tourism

Suitable for arts and language students with:

  • An interest in learning about the culture, history and people of China through the study of their language.
  • Goals to work in China or with Chinese organisations operating in Australia.
  • An understanding of language as a facilitator of business, personal growth, cultural connection and a skill for employment.

What do you learn in a Chinese (Mandarin) minor or major?

Study a minor or major in Chinese (Mandarin) to learn how to read, write and speak the Mandarin language:

  • Elementary Chinese: Elementary courses in Chinese will see students learn the basics of the Mandarin language, and study a brief introduction to the culture and people of modern China. These courses are designed for students with little to no knowledge of the language.
  • Intermediate Chinese: At intermediate level, your courses will build upon the foundations laid in first year, and students will become more proficient at reading, writing and speaking Mandarin.
  • Practical Chinese: This area of study is designed to offer students courses which teach Chinese for practical purposes. You will learn enough vocabulary and grammar to obtain a working knowledge of the language that you can use to conduct business, read signage and hold simple conversations while touring.

You can study Chinese at the University of Newcastle through the degree programs listed below.

To learn more about our expertise in Language and Language Studies, please refer to our Humanities and Social Science discipline contacts page.

*'China', Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government: