Chinese

The Chinese language program at RMIT offers a variety of courses to meet students’ professional and personal needs.

The courses focus on practical and applied language skills. Students will be able to develop strong cross-cultural communication abilities and foster a broader intellectual engagement with China, and its people and culture.

The Chinese language is a pictographic language, with an artistic glamour and a history of thousands of years. It is the language spoken by over a billion people and is among the official languages of the United Nations, whilst China itself continues to become one of Australia’s largest trading partners. University students who graduate with Chinese cultural and language skills will possess a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised job market.

Opportunities exist for students to spend time in China on study tours and cultural exchanges. Students may also choose to apply for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) for the opportunity to undertake further studies in China.

Program and course information

You can study Chinese as an elective in any program.

Studying Chinese

The following 36 credit point and 12 credit point Chinese courses are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

36-credit point Chinese courses:

12-credit point Chinese courses:

Languages FAQ (PDF 112 KB) – frequently asked questions about Languages electives.

Placement procedure and self evaluation

In order to ascertain your prior level 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 (PDF 5.2MB)

Student experience

Languages academic mentoring program

This peer academic mentoring program involves intermediate and advanced students mentor new students for 1 – 2 hours each week, to assist with specific language or study related difficulties.

The mentoring program aims to enhance the students’ language learning experience, resulting in increased confidence and motivation. The students discover different learning styles, network with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.

Social opportunities

Chinese language students have the unique opportunity to use the language in social and workplace contexts by engaging in different learning activities outside the classroom.

The program runs language immersion activities with native Chinese speakers and a student mentoring program to enhance the students’ language learning experience, resulting in increased confidence and motivation. Students discover different learning styles, network with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.

In addition, Chinese Government HSK scholarships are offered annually to students who sit the HSK test, an internationally recognized Chinese language proficiency test.

Industry and community internship program

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

International exchange

Students have the opportunity to study abroad and gain course exemptions. RMIT has close to 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. You can also take advantage of a number of international study tour opportunities.

HSK testing centre (Chinese proficiency test)

The Chinese language program at RMIT offers a variety of courses to meet students’ professional and personal needs.

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, their interest in contemporary Australia, and seeks to give voice to those needed.

By working with visiting scholars, the Forum organises symposia, public lectures, joint-authored research and trans-national networks to build ‘both-ways’ education for the Chinese Australian community.

The Chinese Australian Studies Forum was established in 1998. It is one of key parts of RMIT's University-wide network of globalisation and cultural diversity sponsored by the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.

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

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

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