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Department of Languages & Culture: Chinese Programme

Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world

Chinese culture is both rich and far-reaching and China is today the world's fastest-growing major economy. As China is becoming increasingly important to New Zealand’s future, it is crucial that we know more about Chinese culture, history, political and economic system. Learning Chinese language is an essential first step towards this understanding.

You can enrol in our  beginner level course CHIN131 with NO previous knowledge of Chinese. 

If you have previous knowledge of Chinese, contact us and we will help you choose the most suitable courses and degree pathway E-mail: 

Qualifications and papers

We offer courses taught both in Chinese and English.

Chinese papers and qualifications

Entry Levels for Chinese language -acquisition papers

Our people

 With expertise in different disciplines, our lecturers teach and supervise students from a wide area of studies and professions   

Meet the Chinese programme staff


 More information on learning Chinese at Otago and beyond

Chinese language learning: useful links

International Exchange