Chinese Studies program overview
The Chinese Studies Program offers a major that can be included in many degrees offered at the University of Sydney. Depending on your year of enrolment the requirements for completing the major may be different. Select from the options below to see the requirements relevant to you.
I started my degree before 2014
Students may take Asian Studies units in addition to completing a Chinese Studies major to provide breadth in their major sequence. This applies particularly to students in the senior levels of the Beginners stream.
Students who have completed first-year language studies in advanced streams may be able to commence learning a second language alongside their major from second year onward. Mid-year entry students may need to exceed the junior credit point limit of their course in order to commence a language in their second year, in which case special permission will be needed.
I started my degree in or after 2014
Pathways through a Chinese Studies major differ from student to student, depending on the level of Chinese language ability at entry to the program. Starting at the appropriate level is essential, if you are unsure where you should start, contact the Department for advice.
Background speakers with advanced literacy are exempt from completing the language requirement of the major.
The units of study for the major can be found in the Table A unit of study table for Chinese Studies. The table shows units of study on offer in the current handbook year. You may find information regarding a full list of units of study available to the major on the departmental website.
For more in-depth information on the Chinese Studies subject area, including tables and descriptions of the units of study available in this area, for current year enrolments go to
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Handbook - Chinese Studies
For previous year enrolments: Handbook archive.
Unit of Study prerequisites are also reviewed from time to time. The prerequisites listed for units in your year of enrolment are valid for the duration of your candidature.