Chinese Language


Division of Asian Studies 

Department of Chinese Studies



  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Chinese Studies
  • Minor in Chinese Language


  • Master of Arts (Chinese Studies) by Coursework
  • Master of Arts by Research
  • Double Degree Master of Arts (Chinese Language) by Research with Peking Univerity Ph.D. by Research

What is it about

The Chinese Language curriculum consists of Chinese language and linguistics, and Chinese-English translation. Students study many topics, among which are an introduction to the Chinese language; the phonology, grammar, and lexicology of Chinese; the evolution of Chinese; Classical Chinese; the writing-system of Chinese characters; the semantics of Chinese; the rhetoric and pragmatics of Chinese language; and Chinese dialects.

Unique Programmes

Under the Visiting Scholar Programme, eminent scholars and distinguished visitors from overseas are invited to teach in the Department on a short-term basis, give public lectures and participate in forums organized by the Department. Hundreds of internationally renowned scholars and famous writers have visited us for such academic exchanges since 1980. 

In addition, there is the yearly Wu Teh Yao Memorial Lecture series which was set up in memory of the prominent scholar and distinguished educator, Professor Wu Teh Yao. Each year a prominent scholar in the field is invited to Singapore to give bilingual lectures (English and Chinese) in the areas of Confucianism, Chinese culture and language and political thought in the East and West, and other related fields.

As part of undergraduate and student activities, the Department also organizes a yearly JC seminar with invitations to all junior college students to an open house at the Department, typically in April every year. This event usually is a series of talks and presentations about the Chinese language subjects, which give these students insights into the state of Chinese learning and education in modern Chinese and Asian societies. 

Extra-curricular activities such as overseas summer camping, overseas cultural tours, and classes in Chinese calligraphy, seal carving, painting and lion dancing are also regular features of the Department. These activities aim to expose students to cultural aspects of Chinese Studies outside the confines of traditional scholarship.

Career Prospects

Chinese Studies Department provides training in diverse areas of Chinese Studies and Chinese Language, with the aim of preparing students for employment in a wide range of sectors. Graduates are offered career opportunities as professionals in the educational and business sectors, academia, the translation service industry and the mass media.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Level 5 (Undergraduate) & Level 6 (Graduate)
  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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