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Chinese Studies (BA)

What is the degree programme about?

A common misconception is that Chinese is almost impossible to learn. The complex characters and tones are a considerable challenge for Europeans. At least the grammar is not that difficult, though – there are no declensions or conjugations. Nevertheless, to be able to read a newspaper, you have to learn between 1,500 and 3,000 characters.

What can I do with this degree?
  • Scientific activities at universities
  • Diplomatic service
  • Activities with foundations
  • Adult education, training and further education
  • Art and cultural management
  • Publishing, Proofreading
  • Press and public relations work
  • Editing, Journalism, Publishing
  • Tourism, tourism management
  • management consultancy
  • language teaching, translation
  • Trade, Economy
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in the subject and openness towards other cultures
  • a talent for languages
  • good English proficiency
  • patience and perseverance
Good reasons for choosing this degree programme
  • In addition to modern Chinese, you can also study classical Chinese, which is very useful when it comes to understanding the Chinese culture and modern Chinese.
  • As the Institute for Chinese Studies is fairly small, everybody knows everybody, providing for a family atmosphere. The building has its own garden.
  • Our lecturers are always happy to help you and answer your questions.
  • The Chinese Studies library is the largest subject library at FAU and one of the largest Chinese studies libraries in Germany.
  • One of the 10 International Consortia for Research in the Humanities in Germany is located at the Institute for Chinese Studies, ensuring that there will always be top researchers in Chinese studies working at FAU.
Potential challenges
  • You require perseverance and discipline to learn Chinese.
  • Study guides recommend spending some time abroad, but please be aware that such a stay abroad is also meant to improve your language skills in order to have sufficient language skills after the degree programme.
Combinable degree programmes

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), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (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), Hispanic Studies (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Computational Linguistics (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.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: 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 programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Size: (1-24 Students)
Early entrance programme: yes
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology