I am interested in Chinese, but I have practical concerns as well. What shall I do?
You do not need to give up Chinese for practical reasons. In NTU, students may study two majors, or one major and one minor. You can have various practical combinations such as Chinese and Business, Chinese and Communication Studies, etc. In fact, you will realise that reading the Chinese Major is NOT impractical at all! Read on.
How is the Major in Chinese at NTU different from other universities?
At NTU, you have more choices. If you are interested in Chinese traditions and are determined to read more about the classics, we do offer courses in the conventional disciplines of Chinese studies. However, we are different because we are innovative and forward looking. If you are interested in the Chinese tradition, and also keen in getting to know more about what's happening NOW in China, we have an abundance of courses ready for you. We want you to know that reading Chinese is not only about traditional culture, but also about contemporary and current issues.
What is the emphasis of the Major in Chinese at NTU?
Our graduates will be equipped with a concrete foundation in the reading of classical and modern texts. They will also be knowledgeable in the fields of Chinese literature, culture, history, philosophy, linguistics, etc. In addition, there are four categories of specialisation from which you can choose according to your interests. These categories are:
Chinese literature and culture
Chinese history, thought and China studies
Linguistics and Chinese linguistics
Studies of Ethnic Chinese
What can I do with a degree in Chinese?
Our Bachelor of Arts in Chinese degree programme exposes you to a wide range of knowledge and methodologies, which gives you more options when you are looking for a job. You will be well equipped to take up traditional professions in education and journalism. In addition, you are also capable to start a career as a translator, administrator, diplomat, entrepreneur, etc. With the knowledge of Chinese language and China matters, as well as bilingual ability, you will be the best person to provide professional consultation to government bodies and private companies that are interested in venturing into the China market.
I am reading Chinese/Higher Chinese at A level. Do I have an advantage in reading a Major in Chinese?
Chinese and Higher Chinese at A level expose you to some classical and modern texts, as well as some background knowledge. These are helpful as an entry point. However, to earn a Major in Chinese at NTU requires more critical thinking and analytical skills in your approach. You will also be taught a wider range of knowledge including literature, linguistics, history, philosophy, and regional studies.
Will I be in a disadvantageous position after learning Chinese for four years, and that working language in Singapore is English?
Do not worry about the chance of using English at NTU. As part of NTU's plan to develop a broad-based undergraduate education, approximately one third of the curriculum is devoted to courses (General Electives and Minor courses) which broaden your learning. These courses are mainly conducted in English. In addition, if you are interested in developing skills and knowledge in both Chinese and English, you are strongly encouraged to take up the Minor in Translation (also offered by the SoH). You will be bilingually and biculturally equipped and well prepared for work upon graduation.
Can I Complete the Programme in Less than 4 years?
The NTU programme is designed as a four-year course. However, it allows well-prepared students to take more courses during the semester and between semesters so that they can complete the course, with honours, in less than four years.
Will I have the opportunity to study abroad?
Yes, NTU strongly encourages students to study abroad for one or two semesters during your course. If you are interested to gather first-hand experience in China, you can apply for immersion programme in a Chinese university, such as Peking, Tsinghua, Fudan, which are top universities in China. You can also broaden your experience if you are interested to do a semester or two in Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, or UK.
Do Chinese degree programmes accept international students?
Yes, we do. In general, around 20% of NTU's intake is made up of international students.