Chinese Studies (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

Sinology in Erlangen offers an informed approach to China and Taiwan. An important component of the study program is the intensive teaching of Chinese language skills by pedagogically trained native speakers. A broad range of research and teaching, in cooperation with other disciplines at FAU as well as national and international cooperation partners, enable a differentiated and reflected picture of the Chinese language and culture area, which is more than necessary today.

What can I do with this degree?

Sinology in Erlangen offers an informed approach to China and Taiwan. An important component of the program is the intensive teaching of Chinese language skills through A sinology degree opens up a wide range of possible fields of activity, such as

  • Trade, Economy
  • Diplomatic service
  • Activities with foundations
  • Adult education, training and further education
  • Art, culture management
  • Publishing, editing
  • Press, public relations
  • Editing, journalism, publishing
  • Tourism, tourism management
  • Management Consulting
  • Language teaching, translating
  • Scientific activities at universities
What qualities and skills do I need?

There are no special prerequisites for starting the program, as all Chinese language courses are designed for students with no prior knowledge of the language. However, you should have an interest in foreign cultures and enjoy learning languages.

Good reasons for choosing this degree programme
  • The language courses take place in small groups under the guidance of pedagogically trained native speakers.
  • There is a family atmosphere at the Institute of Sinology, and it also sits in its own building with an adjacent garden.
  • The supervision by the lecturers is good and dedicated.
  • There are many voluntary events at the institute in addition to the compulsory classes: There are summer and barbecue parties, a Chinese theater group, and regular excursions to Europe and China.
  • The library of Sinology is the largest seminar library of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg and one of the largest in Germany.
  • In addition to modern Chinese, classical Chinese is also taught in Erlangen, which contributes a lot to the understanding of China's culture and also of modern Chinese
Potential challenges

Perseverance and discipline are required when studying the Chinese language.

Combinable degree programs

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Islamic-Religious Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Sociology (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Book Studies (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Education (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Degree program start date and application deadlines

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Start date of degree program: Winter Term

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree program: Winter Term
Size: (currently 1-50 Students)
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions