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Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-CHNSE Humanities
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English and either MC Verbal or Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Course overview

China is the world’s second largest economy* and is the most important trade partner for Australia. It has a unique position in the global geo-political order.

Chinese language and culture will help you find the perfect fit for your interests, whether it is for a major or an elective. 

Our Chinese language course is designed to teach both language and cultural/communicative studies. With much of the world’s social and economic growth occurring in Asia, undertaking a degree in this area will provide you with the required skills and knowledge for employment opportunities in Australia and Asia.

This major is designed to provide you with a high level of literacy in the Chinese language (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as an understanding of Chinese culture and society. 

No previous study of the language is required. If you have previously studied Chinese, you will take more advanced classes. There are also units specifically designed for native speakers of Chinese.

China is rapidly changing and full of opportunities. Chinese major will ensure you are prepared for your future career. 

Chinese is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Science and Arts double degree.

You can also study this major as part of an Arts and Commerce double degree. 

* World Bank DataBank 2016 ranking by GDP

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Hotel or Motel Manager
  • Research Officer
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Teacher - English as a Second Language
  • Welfare Worker
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Flight Attendant
  • Trade Measurement Officer
  • Tourist Information Officer
  • Tour Guide

You may also find work in:

  • international trade
  • business/marketing/strategic consulting
  • banking and finance
  • diplomacy or civil service
  • tourism
  • media
  • education.

Possible careers

Business/Marketing/Strategy Consultant

Translator and Interpreter

Diplomat/Civil Servant

Why Chinese?

  • China is one of the world's most vibrant economies and is an important trade partner for Australia.
  • The Chinese language has a long history with rich cultural heritage.
  • A working knowledge of the Chinese language will open up many career opportunities in Australia and abroad.
  • We combine enjoyable classroom learning with online Chinese language resources to help you build the knowledge, skills and understanding crucial for effective intercultural communications.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.