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Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available every year
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Be a leader in the world’s global marketplace

Understanding the language and culture of China can unlock the door to a lifetime of exciting careers.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Understanding Chinese culture and language will help you establish your career, whether you’re interested in foreign diplomacy, business or finance.

The relationship between China and New Zealand grows stronger every year. China is a core global player at the hub of the Asia-Pacific region, and a leader in overseas relations. New Zealand is home to many ethnic Chinese.

Relevant in Australasian contexts

The increasingly multicultural nature of society makes it important to learn about new languages and cultures. It’s also important to learn how these languages and cultures interact with your own. Our digital study materials are relevant to our Australasian students, so you’ll gain skills applicable to your own communities.

Highly interactive

Massey’s BA (Chinese) offers Chinese language courses ranging from beginners to advanced. You don’t need any knowledge of Chinese to enrol in beginners’ courses.

Whether you study on campus or by distance, you’ll learn from supportive, passionate academics. Our digital study materials are complete with exercises, audio, videos and presentations. You can access live online tutorials/lectures at different times – evenings, lunchtimes and weekends – to fit with your busy schedule. You don’t have to learn on your own, and can practise speaking Chinese in a shared environment.

Combines Chinese culture and language

You’ll learn in a cultural context – because language doesn’t exist in isolation. You’ll use videos, music and literature to explore social, historical and political developments. Through exploring this context, you’ll also explore your own culture and identity.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in different people and cultures
  • Are good with languages and keen to learn a new one
  • Want skills that can take you all over the world
Daniel Eggink
Bachelor of Arts Linguistics/Chinese
Education Sector, China 

“Massey has helped me to open my eyes to the diversity of languages and people…”

Massey has been a valuable and informative part of my life. It was at Massey that I did my double major in linguistics and Chinese studies. It was at Massey that we grappled with issues of language, culture, power and resources as well as their distribution throughout society.

Before starting my studies I knew next to nothing of China. Massey, in a very real way, opened the door for me to come to China, and it was also where I met my wife. I found my lecturers to be professional and inviting. They each in their own way taught to a very high standard. They pushed us to think for ourselves and as a result I have remained friends with a good number of those lecturers.

I am now in the Yunnan state working both in the education sector as well as aiming to work in the long term in the minority language documentation, literacy and translation work. Massey has helped me to open my eyes to the diversity of languages and people. It has done this through the learning of another language. It has opened these doors for me and I believe it will for you too.


More and more skilled graduates in Chinese are needed to work in areas such as:

  • Diplomacy
  • Health care
  • International business
  • Secondary teaching
  • Tourism
  • Immigration and customs
  • Foreign affairs

If you’re planning a career in these areas you’re encouraged to include Chinese in your degree to give yourself a competitive edge in the job market.

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