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Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language

18 months
713 USD/credit 14260 USD/year
608 USD/credit 12160 USD/year
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The Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University develops the intellectual, critical and imaginative abilities of students in relation to Chinese language education. 


Specifically, it at Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University aims to develop students' awareness of and sensitivity to the differences between Chinese and other languages, and the differences between Chinese culture and other cultures. It builds on the diversity of experience that students bring to the course and extends their knowledge of Chinese language, Chinese literature and Chinese culture to develop their learning and teaching skills, enabling them to develop their careers.


This programme is designed to promote intellectual and cultural awareness through teamwork, and to equip students with the following types of subject and professional knowledge:

  • The ability to use simple language to teach Chinese to non-native speakers, and to present complex ideas clearly and articulately in appropriate forms of Chinese;
  • The ability to use electronic media, multimedia, mass media, reference books and information technology to obtain information needed for teaching Chinese as a foreign language;
  • The ability to assess current issues in literature and linguistics theories in language pedagogy;
  • The ability to appreciate and analyse works in Chinese literature and culture;
  • The ability to discover, analyse and handle issues in Chinese;

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Legal Translation
  • Assessment for Learning in Chinese Language Teaching
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • Chinese Language Education in Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Computer Assisted Chinese Language Teaching
  • Computer Tools for the Language Professionals
  • Contemporary Chinese Society through Literature
  • Contrasting Japanese, Chinese and English Discourse
  • Contrastive Analysis
  • Description of Chinese I: Words and Sentences
  • Description of Chinese II: Sounds and Script
  • Drama for Language Learning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • As for the Master's degree or Postgraduate Diploma, the basic requirement is a Bachelor's degree from an institution that is recognised by PolyU. 
  • Applications will be considered on the basis of the information (such as academic achievements, professional qualifications and work experience) provided in the application. 
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or test.
  • Departments will consider applications on a rolling basis until places are filled.
  • Some programmes will receive applications in two rounds

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 713 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    12160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 608 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • HK$4,780 per credit for local students
  • ​HK$5,600 per credit for non-local students

Living costs for Hong Kong

13720 - 23419 HKD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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