Welcome to Chinese Studies

  • Chinese is one of the largest language programs at Monash University and is taught on the Clayton campus. Several entry points are available to meet the specific needs of different students, ranging from introductory to advanced proficiency levels.

    Chinese language studies are strongly supported by units on Chinese culture, society and politics available both within the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and in other schools of the Faculty of Arts. Some examples are: Understanding Asia, Understanding Modern and Contemporary China, Chinese Literature and Modernity, and Borderless Media in East Asia.

    In addition to an extensive Chinese language program, research on China and Chinese issues is a very important aspect of work within Chinese Studies. The research interests of staff and postgraduate students in the Chinese program cover a great range of political, cultural, historical, social and intellectual issues, such as western development in China, Internet development and its impact on the Chinese social, political and legal systems, contemporary Chinese intellectual development and Chinese children’s literature.

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  • Our student, Alistair Bayley, currently in Advanced Chinese 4 and Chinese Translation 2, won both the world champion and the champion of Oceania at the finals of 12th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students on 30 July. He has also been granted “The Star of Chinese language Learner” and 3 years ... Read more
  •  Monash advanced Chinese language student Alistair Bayley will travel to Changsha in Hunan Province, China in July 2013 to represent Victorian universities in the final stage of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign University Students. Alistair Bayley received first place at the 12th Chinese Bridge competition (Victoria region) held on Saturday 11th May at Melbourne University, beating ... Read more
  • The Scholarships program for 2013 – 2014 has recently been released to eligible students of Australian citizenship from Monash University.  Applications should be submitted to Ms Guo Xiaojuan, Education Counsellor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Melbourne, 14 Selborne Road, Toorak 3142.     Read on for further information. Read more
  • The new CEFR Website homepage The School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash has recently adopted the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to align more closely with current industry and teaching standards. To find out more about the CEFR at Monash, explore the CEFR in Australia, an international language framework Website. The site, which ... Read more
  • Students on an excursion to Melbournes Chinatown. Image courtesy of the Monash Photography Club Victorian students are taking advantage of a unique opportunity to improve their foreign language skills through regular meetings with migrant seniors whose first language is Chinese, German or Spanish. Now in its third year, the Connecting younger second language learners and older bilinguals program is ... Read more