Staff and students in Mandarin class

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese is spoken by more than 1.5 billion people in the world and is one of the six official languages of the UN. China has a 5000 year history and culture, boasts the fastest-growing economy in the world and is widely regarded as the potentially biggest global market in the twenty-first century. China has become one of the Australia’s most important business partners in the world.

Learning Chinese - either by studying it as your major in a degree or as component of a degree program at UOW - will increase your career opportunities in a wide range of professional fields and offer you the enjoyable intellectual experience.

In-Country studies and scholarships

The Chinese program at UOW offers students the experience of in-country studies as a component of their degree. If you are interested please contact the academic staff in Chinese for information.

There are a number of scholarships available to students wanting to go on an exchange. These include University of Wollongong scholarships and UMAP scholarships.

Chinese Government Scholarships are offered each year to sponsor Australian students to study Chinese at leading universities in China. The scholarships cover:

  • Registration fee, tuition fee, fee for lab experiments/internship/learning materials;
  • Intramural accommodation expenses;
  • Living allowance and a one-off settlement subsidy;
  • Outpatient medical service;
  • Fee for one-off inter-city travel.

Options for study

Students may commence their studies as beginners or advanced learners. Students who enter the major at post-HSC may be exempted from some language subjects and should consult the convenor of Chinese. Advanced students or students familiar with Chinese characters will enrol in the major and subjects of Chinese (Mandarin) for Character Background students

You can study Mandarin concurrently with your bachelor's degree by enrolling in the Diploma in Languages. If you already have a degree you can also enrol in this award.

UOW Language Ambassador Program

The UOW Language Ambassador scheme aims to bring Languages back to the Community by sending University students as Language Ambassadors to mentor local high school students during semester time. Participating schools benefit from having voluntary language experts assist in the teaching and learning of foreign languages for half a day on a weekly basis. The program promotes language learning and further helps to strengthen links between secondary and tertiary institutions. 

Study Mandarin at UOW

Learning Mandarin gave me the opportunity to study in China, South Korea and Malaysia.

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