Chinese Studies

Chinese Studies is about China – its history, culture, politics, literature, art, music, etc.

Studying in this area involves learning about the historical and contemporary experiences of people in China.

This includes China's influence on the rest of the world, including New Zealand, and vice versa.

Chinese Studies usually also involves learning at least some Modern Standard Chinese (also known as Mandarin, Putonghua or Guoyu).

NZ university majors related to this area

Did you know?

With a history of almost 4000 years, China is the world's oldest continuous civilisation.

Examples of career opportunities

Knowledge about China is useful for a variety of careers (involving other qualifications too).

  • International businessperson
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Business consultant
  • Trade advisor
  • Teacher
  • Diplomat
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


129% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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