Facts & figures
- #1 in Australia
- #26 in the world
- 2018 QS World Rankings by Subject
Facts & figures
Traversing history, philosophy, linguistics, translation, literature, gender and film, our academics are experts in Chinese language and culture.
Our expertise covers a diversity of disciplines including Chinese linguistics, Chinese pedagogy, second language acquisition, media in Chinese society, social and political changes in China, multi-culturalism and multi-lingualism in China, minority education, East-Asian thought and East-Asian Buddhism.
We teach both Modern Standard Chinese (Standard Mandarin/Putong Hua) and Classical Chinese from beginner level, and we provide options for students who can already read Chinese fluently. We also offer opportunities to study topics as diverse as language, linguistics, translation, literature, gender and film.
Chinese Studies delivers a solid understanding of Chinese society and culture and the foundational language skills essential to function with confidence in the Chinese-speaking world. Studies in this area have exchange and summer study opportunities, including to Peking University.
We have research strengths across these broad areas:
Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in China where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.
The Sydney China Distinguished Fellowship features senior scholars specialising in Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Culture or Translation Studies. Co-hosted with the China Studies Centre, the Sydney China Visitors program invites innovative and respected researchers in Chinese Studies around the world.
The fellowship is enabled by the vision and generosity of Mr James Lee, a University of Sydney alumnus now based in Hong Kong.
The Department invites applications to the prestigious Sydney China Visitors program's Sydney China Distinguished Fellowship.
Fellowship recipients, from any university or research organisation in the world, will carry out research in Sydney for 4–12 weeks (between February and November 2020) with the Department of Chinese Studies and the China Studies Centre. Applications close 3 May 2019.
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23–25 August 2019
Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.
This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation – giving equal billing to streams in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Indonesian/Malay and Spanish.