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Both Chinese language and Chinese culture courses are available at Massey. Language study builds skills in oral and written Chinese from beginner to advanced level.
You can also choose from a variety of cultural courses, which examine topics such as Chinese history, society and film. Cultural courses do not require any previous knowledge of the Chinese language.
Chinese language study complements other disciplines relevant to New Zealand's relations with the Chinese-speaking world, such as business, development and social work.
241.101 Chinese 1A
241.102 Chinese 1B
241.103 Chinese Cultural World
241.105 Business Chinese
241.106 Chinese for Heritage Speakers A
241.107 China under Transformation: Economy, Society ad Contacts with Others
241.201 Chinese 2A
241.202 Chinese 2B
241.203 20th Century Chinese Literature and Society
241.206 Chinese for Heritage Speakers B
241.207 Chinese Diaspora
241.208 Contemporary Chinese Society in Literature and Film
241.301 Chinese 3A
241.302 Chinese 3B
241.304 Chinese Grammar
241.305 Translation from and into Chinese
241.306 Readings in Modern Chinese Literature
241.395 Individual Research Project II in Chinese Studies
French is spoken by more than 100 million people in France, Belgium, Switzerland, parts of the South Pacific, Canada and Africa, as well as Latin America. French culture and civilisation have long contributed to our own cultural and linguistic heritage.
Our French programme will enhance your understanding of French civilisation and allow you to communicate effectively in both spoken and written French.
Our Japanese courses will equip you with advanced language skills in spoken and written Japanese, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the cultural background of this complex and powerful society.
Each language course builds upon the previous one. A completed major in Japanese will take you at least to a level equivalent to level two of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (Nihongo Noryoku Shiken).
242.301 Japanese 3A
242.302 Japanese 3B
242.304 Reading and Writing about Current Japan
242.305 Readings in Modern Japanese Literature
242.306 Japanese Linguistics
242.307 Japanese-English Translation Techniques
242.390 Individual Research Project in Japanese Studies
Spanish is spoken in more than 20 countries including Spain, Latin America and Africa, and in many parts of the United States. A vibrant and captivating cultural heritage accompanies the language.
By studying Spanish, you will join a growing number of New Zealanders supporting our relationships with Latin American countries and discovering this cultural heritage.
Read about Massey's Spanish programme partnership with the University of New England. UNE Spanish Programme (1,872 KB)
245.301 Advanced Spanish Language
254.302 Theory and Practice of Translation
245.303 Latin American Rhythms and Politics: From Tango to Rock
245.304 Travellers' Tales: the Invention of Latin America
245.305 Spanish Conversation on Film
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Last updated on Wednesday 11 October 2017
Sasakawa Undergraduate Scholarship
Scholarships are worth $1,000 p.a. for up to four years for students enrolled in the first year of a major in Japanese preferably alongside another degree or another major.
Read more information on Scholarships here.
Because our School has an international focus, we encourage students to make the most of opportunities to study overseas. It’s an ideal way to experience another language first hand or immerse yourself in the history and culture of another place.
Massey University has exchange agreements with around 200 institutions around the world where you can study for a trimester or two. Credits gained count towards your Massey degree.
Read more about the Student Exchange programme
French language assistant positions are available for New Zealanders in France and in New Caledonia. You will help French students improve their confidence in spoken English with interactive and recreational activities.
There are many opportunities to study at universities in France. Overseas students are warmly welcomed. The programmes are managed by Campus France.
Various grants and scholarships are available to fund your study overseas. For example, eight Hexagone travel grants (2000 Euros) are available for New Zealand students to pursue postgraduate studies at Masters and PhD level in France.
The Université de la Nouvelle-Calédonie offers an opportunity for students to up-skill in French with a three-week summer school in November/December.
Students study French and New Caledonian culture, history, biodiversity and politics. The sports and recreation programme includes visits to local beaches, museums and aquaria, cooking classes and French movie nights. Accommodation and food is included in the fee (around NZ$2900).
Contact France Grenaudier-Klijn for an application form.
For Massey history/humanities students who have done French language at school or university, and would like more opportunity to use their French language, there is an exciting possibility to do an exchange with the History programme of the University of Toulouse II Le Mirail.