Welcome to Chinese Studies

Chinese studies is currently the largest language program at Monash University. It is taught on the Clayton campus and caters for the needs of students with language proficiency ranging from introductory to advanced level. A special translation stream in the Chinese studies major is available for students with advanced language proficiency. At Monash, the study of the Chinese language is strongly supported by offerings 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, Borderless Media in East Asia and Chinese Media Analysis.

The Program also provides graduate supervision on a wide range of China-related research topics that reflect the expertise of its academic staff. Current research activities of the Program’s staff include: modern and contemporary Chinese thought, elite Chinese politics, history of the PRC, Chinese children’s literature, moral education in China, literature and culture of the Mao and post-Mao periods, teaching Chinese as a second/heritage language, language and immigrant identity, second language acquisition and Sinophone communications in the digital age (spanning cultural and media studies and sociolinguistics).

Chinese Studies is a multidisciplinary program that provides students with rigorous language training and the knowledge and skills essential for the study of modern and contemporary China.



  • Wang Yao, a second-year MITS student from the Monash-South East University Joint Graduate School in Suzhou, China, has won the top prize in the grand final of “The Seventh Cross-Strait Interpreting Contest”, an international competition held at City University of Hong Kong, on 28 April 2018. First proposed by Xiamen University in China in 2009,… Read more
  • As part of our Arts Researchers podcast series, we spoke with Professor Rita Wilson on a number of her research projects and how they help inform better policies, settlement services, international governance and social cohesion. We also covered the global research networks, industry partnerships and opportunities for research students in this area at Monash – the only university in Australia that offers a practice-based PhD in Interpreting and Translation. Read more
  • In April 2017, a delegation of Monash University students represented the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in the 2017 National Model United Nations held in New York. Nathan Xavier Hang and Joslyn Ma, as delegates to the General Assembly First Committee, represented the interests of Nepal on the issues of science and technology in nuclear disarmament,… Read more
  • The Korean Studies program at Monash, established in 1988, is one of the fastest growing language and studies programs in the School.  With the retirement of the foundational lecturers in 2015, the School made two international appointments to carry the program in new directions: David Hundt and the esteemed Korean Studies’ scholar and President of the Association of Asian Studies, Professor Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History / Columbia University).  Read more