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Chinese, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #227 (QS) Christchurch, New Zealand
China is one of the world’s oldest civilisations and in the 21st century, is the most heavily populated nation in the world, with over 1.3 billion people. Mandarin Chinese at University of Canterbury is the most widely spoken first language in the world. For the last few years China has been New Zealand's fastest growing market for international visitors.
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Overview

By developing competency in the Chinese language, students will gain insight and access to Chinese culture. Understanding the society and culture of this historic yet modern nation is becoming increasingly important as China overtakes more traditional Western nations in terms of economic power, cultural relevance and international influence.

Why study Chinese at University of Canterbury?

  • The Chinese programme at UC provides a wide range of courses in both the language and the studies of Chinese literature, thought, tradition, culture and society. It is backed by a team of staff specialising in language, literature, philosophy, film and culture.
  • The Chinese language courses at UC aim to develop language competence in modern standard Chinese in both its spoken and written forms.
  • The Confucius Institute at UC is part of the global CI network jointly established by Hanban (Beijing), University of Canterbury (Christchurch) and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan). It was the first such institute in the South Island.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Chinese Language
  • Understanding China
  • Chinese Language
  • Study Chinese in China Summer Programme
  • Chinese Language
  • Study Chinese in China Summer Programme

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • No previous knowledge of the Chinese language is required to study this subject at UC.
  • CHIN 151 Chinese Language 1-A and CHIN 152 Chinese Language 1-B are not available to those who are literate in Chinese or who are fluent speakers of Mandarin.
  • Students who have some ability in the language should contact the Subject Coordinator for advice on the most appropriate course of study. Direct entry into language classes other than CHIN 151 is through a placement test and/or discussion with the Subject Coordinator.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    47789 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 47789 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students -30,700 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

  • 1300 - 2000 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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Student loans and allowances

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Overseas financial aid

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