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BA Chinese Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
3 Years
 Start month
October

 Tuition fee

International
17100 SGD
National
8050 SGD

Application fee

International 20 SGD
National 20 SGD
Department
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)90
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
SAT (avg)1225
ACT (avg)29

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About this course

The curriculum consists of three major areas: Chinese literature, Chinese history, and Chinese philosophy. It provides students with comprehensive training in both classical and modern Chinese Studies. Topics covered include Chinese religions and thoughts in ancient China, business management and dealings in Chinese context, classical and modern literature, film and cultural studies. Through these areas, the Department trains students to develop independent and critical thinking. Although Mandarin is the medium of instruction, some modules are taught in English. Graduates of the Department are always well sought after as they are effectively bilingual. Both the public and private sectors provide ample employment opportunities, especially in areas such as education, mass media, commerce, and the arts.

 

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Eligibility Criteria

Students must obtain:

  • At least a B4 for (a) Higher Chinese at GCE ‘O' Level; OR
  • At least a C grade for Chinese Language (H1CL) at GCE ‘A' Level; OR
  • At least a pass for Chinese Language and Literature (H2CLL) at GCE ‘A' Level (Grades A-E); OR
  • At least a pass for Chinese Language and Literature (H3CLL) at GCE ‘A' Level (Grades A-E); OR
  • A Diploma in Chinese Studies (for polytechnic students)

Equivalent qualifications may also be accepted, such as Chinese Language at Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM), PRC National College Entrance Examination (gao kao) etc. These requirements also apply to students who intend to read Chinese Language modules as their non-major or breadth electives.

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Course Modules

Single Major

Pass at least 60 MCs of CH or CH-recognised modules, which include the following:

  • CH1101E Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • CH2121 History of Chinese Literature, OR
  • CL2121 History of Chinese Literature
  • CH2141 General History of China, OR 
  • CL2241 General History of China
  • CH2161 Traditional Chinese Taxonomy of Learning
  • CH2162 Reading Classical Chinese Texts
  • a minimum of 20 MCs of CH modules at Level-3000 or higher (See Note 1)
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of CH-recognised modules
  • a maximum of 12 MCs of CH and CH-recognised modules that are taught in English (See Note 2)

Note 1:
Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Note 2: 
CH module codes with 3rd-digit ‘9' are taught in English.

Second Major
Pass at least 48 MCs of CH or CH-recognised modules, which include the following:

  • CH1101E Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • CH2121 History of Chinese Literature, OR
  • CL2121 History of Chinese Literature
  • CH2141 General History of China, OR
  • CL2241 General History of China
  • CH2161 Traditional Chinese Taxonomy of Learning
  • CH2162 Reading Classical Chinese Texts
  • a minimum of 16 MCs of CH modules at Level-3000 or higher (See Note 1)
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of CH-recognised modules
  • a maximum of 12 MCs of CH and CH-recognised modules that are taught in English (See Note 2)

Note 1: 
Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Note 2: 
CH module codes with 3rd-digit ‘9' are taught in English.

Minor
Pass at least 24 MCs of CH or CH-recognised modules, which include the following:

  • at least one of the following modules:GEK1007   Chinese Heritage: History and Literature (in English)
  • CH1101E   Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • minimum of 8 MCs of CH modules at Level-3000 or higher (see Note 1).

Note 1: 

Students are allowed to read Level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Note 2: 

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

Minor in Chinese Translation
Pass at least 24 MCs of modules (of which, at least 16 MCs must be taken at NUS), which must include the following:

  • a minimum of 4 MCs from Non-CORE (Other Electives) basket
  • a minimum of 4 MCs from Translation Electives basket
  • a maximum of 8 MCs of Translation Modules at our partner universities including Fudan University or Chinese University of Hong Kong during SEP.

Note 1:   

A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor

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How to Apply

Applicants are allowed to submit only one application online. Duplicate applications will not be considered. Forms which are downloaded and printed from our website will not be accepted. An acknowledgement screen showing your 8-digits application number will be displayed if your online application has been successfully submitted. Please save or print a copy of the acknowledgement screen for future reference.

  • Payment of Application Fee (S$20)
  • A non-refundable application fee of S$20 (inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax) must accompany your application.
  • Electronic submission of Application Checklist and supporting documents

Print and complete the Application Checklist. Attach the checklist with a clear set of supporting documents and upload it electronically at the Online Application Status Facility.

List of Supporting Documents required:

  • National level High school examination results slip (if applicable)
  • School examination results slip e.g. Year 11 High School transcripts/ SPM/ IGSCE/ Indian Standard 10
  • University academic transcripts (only applicable to applicants applying for 3-year Law Programme)
  • Additional results slip (if scores are indicated in application form) e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and SAT Subject Test scores, AP, ACT etc.
  • Passport / Birth Certificate / Identification Card (clearly reflecting your Full Name and Date of Birth)
  • Medical report(s) if you have or had any illnesses or disabilities (if applicable)
  • Criminal record(s) (if applicable)

Supporting documents must be arranged in the above order with full name and application number written on the top right hand corner of all copies.

Passport-sized photograph, extra-curricular activities records and recommendation letters are not required. All non-English supporting documents must be accompanied by an English translation, except for applicants submitting the Indonesian Ujian Nasional (UN)/Ebtanas or STPM result slips. Indonesian and Vietnamese applicants are required to translate Prizes/Awards documents before submission of documents.

All applicants are encouraged not to submit original certificates and documents. The Office of Admissions will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of original certificates or documents submitted. All documents submitted will not be returned.

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