Why study Chinese?

Study Chinese culture and civilisation. Develop skills in oral Mandarin and written Chinese. Do specialist training in Chinese for translation. Explore Chinese history, politics, linguistics, cinema, or economics.

Career opportunities

Translator, interpreter, languages teacher, tourism, media, social and community work, foreign affairs, trade, customs, immigration, aid agencies, research assistant.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Arts

Popular course

ATAR and location:Melbourne: NCAlbury-Wodonga: 54.4Bendigo: 53Mildura: 60.8Shepparton: N/P

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)

Duration: 3 years3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Diploma in Languages

ATAR and location:Melbourne: N/A

Start dates: Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July)


You can study a Diploma in Languages as a stand-alone award (three years part-time) or combine it with a degree at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at any Australian university. Combining the Diploma in Languages with your current degree will usually require you to complete an additional year of study.

Chinese placement opportunities

A guide on how to locate and apply for work experience opportunities is available at Careers and Employment.
Visa restrictions may apply for International students. All students must have approval from Lecturer/Course coordinator.

Overseas study opportunities

There are many opportunities for La Trobe students to study overseas. Students from overseas can come to La Trobe and do a short term Study Abroad program. Some short courses are also available to international students.  Short courses are also available to international students. Visit International Students for more information.

External opportunities

The Walter Mangold Trust provides a number of scholarships to Australian Undergraduates studying Indonesian, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish Languages to enable students to spend a period of time in a foreign country, with the intention of furthering the education, communication and understanding between peoples and cultures. The grants are restricted to applicants who are residents of Victoria.  Visit the Walter Mangold Trust Fund website to learn more.

Student and graduate profiles

Students of the College talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers.

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