Chinese is a language with an artistic glamour and a history of thousands of years. It is spoken by over a billion people, and is among the official languages of the United Nations. 

China itself is one of Australia’s largest trading partners. Graduates with Chinese cultural and language skills possess a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised job market.

RMIT offers a variety of Chinese language courses to meet students’ professional and personal needs. Focusing on practical and applied language skills, you will be able to develop strong cross-cultural communication skills and foster a broader intellectual engagement with China, and its people and culture.

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Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere

- Chinese proverb

Course and subject information

You can study Chinese as a major in the Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) or as an elective subject in any course.

The following Higher Education 12 credit point subjects are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The course guides provide full details including subject descriptions, pre-requisites (if any), learning outcomes, learning activities and assessments:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Advanced courses

Explore our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about languages at RMIT.

Placement procedure and self-evaluation

In order to ascertain your level of fluency and ensure you maximise your language learning, we have a self-evaluation tool for all prospective students who have some knowledge of the language. This tool will help determine the best level of enrolment:

Chinese placement procedure and self evaluation quiz

Student experience

Languages academic mentoring program

This peer academic mentoring program involves intermediate and advanced students mentoring new students for 1–2 hours each week, to assist with specific language or study-related difficulties. You'll discover different learning styles, network with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.

Industry and community internships

In-country internships are organised through our international partners in China. Workplace experience in local Chinese communities is also provided to enhance students work-integrated learning.

International opportunities, exchange and study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study overseas and gain credit for courses. RMIT has over 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. Scholarships and mobility grants are available.

Community associations and research centres

Chinese Australian Studies Forum

RMIT University established the Chinese Australian Studies Forum in 1998. It works to support Chinese Australians to confidently engage in wider community advancement, foster their interest in Australia, and seeks to give a voice where needed.

Working with visiting scholars, the Forum organises symposia, public lectures, joint-authored research and trans-national networks to offer mutual education for the Chinese Australian community.

RMIT University recognised the need for the Forum in response to:

  • the opportunities created by globalization and cultural diversity
  • the desires of Chinese Australians to make productive contributions to Australia
  • the imperative to build better relations between Australia and Asia
  • the research and education on Chinese Australians' engagement with local and global education, training and broad affairs.


Contact us

Speak to our friendly staff about courses, applications, pathways and important dates at RMIT Connect.

Chinese course coordinators:

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer