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Diploma in Arts (Chinese)

Key facts

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

What is it like?

China has emerged as a major player in the Asia Pacific region and the world. New Zealand increasingly looks toward the Chinese-speaking world in overseas relations and trade. New Zealand is a multicultural society and home to a substantial number of ethnic Chinese for whom Chinese is their first language.

Focusing on skills in oral and written Chinese, you can take language courses from beginner through to advanced level. Alongside the language courses are a variety of cultural courses which examine topics such as Chinese history, society, and film. Cultural courses do not require any knowledge of the Chinese language.

Speakers of Chinese dialects are welcome to enrol in the programme for serious study of Modern Standard Chinese. Native speakers of Chinese intending to major or minor in Chinese must consult the Programme Coordinator before enrolling to discuss the appropriate selection of language courses for the major or minor.


An increasing number of skilled graduates in Chinese are needed to work in areas such as diplomacy, healthcare, international business, secondary teaching, and tourism.

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