Faculty of PhilosophyChinese Studies – Bachelor 25%

In the Chinese Studies academic programme, students learn about both traditional and contemporary aspects of China, including the role played by China in the greater world and the associated diversified exchange processes that link both China’s history and its present-day existence to other regions. 

Pre-Semester Course for All New Students in Chinese Studies

The mandatory 40-hour pre-semester course for all new students in Chinese studies (in the B.A. East Asian studies) or participation in the Chinese studies language preparatory course always starts 2 weeks before the lecture period of the winter semester. Participation in the course is required before you can take up your studies.
Preparatory Course

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman, English
Fees and contributions151.05 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
Part-time optionYes

Course Content

The minor in Chinese Studies focuses on a cultural examination of Chinese society, including its historical development, present-day form, and regional interrelationships.  

In the course of this degree programme, students will learn the Chinese language and acquire specific knowledge about the country and its regions as well as develop the ability to independently resolve relevant research questions.  

With its dual focus on subject-specific content and practice-oriented skills, this degree programme provides a career-oriented link between linguistic skills and both cultural and intercultural competencies, at the same time ensuring that students become comfortable in the use of modern media. Students who minor in Chinese Studies in combination with a major in a degree programme will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary both to pursue an entry-level professional position as well as to independently resolve research questions.

Course Structure

Students enrolled in Chinese studies can choose one of these options:

  1. East Asian studies with a focus on Chinese studies (25%) (This option cannot be combined with a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies with a focus on Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies or East Asian Art History.)

    This programme comprises: 

    Option A Language Focus (with a focus on language skills for Chinese Studies) This Option is not intended for Chinese native speakers.

    Option B Thematic Focus (with a focus on themes from Chinese Studies (e.g. history, politics, economics, culture)  

    For detailed information please refer to the study programme handout and the module handbook.

  2. Chinese studies as a minor (25%) (This degree programme may only be taken in conjunction with a major in the Bachelor’s degree programme (75%) in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese studies or East Asian Art History.)

    The minor can be studied in three different academic itinerarys:

    Option A Language Focus (Language Courses: Basic levels I and II) This Option is not intended for Chinese native speakers.

    Option B Language & Thematic Focus (Language Courses: Basic level I and thematic courses)

    Option C Language & Thematic Focus (Language Courses: Intermediate level andThematic courses) This Option can only be chosen by students pursuing a major in East Asian Art History with a regional focus on China.

    For detailed information please refer to the study programme handout and the module handbook.