Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This is a full-semester unit which enables students to undertake intensive Chinese language study at a university in China to develop their oral and written skills to a high level. It is offered as an alternative to four Chinese language units of any level in Chinese Studies. The details of the program that students do at their host university in China depends on which academic units students choose to take at the host university.

24 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Through months of intensive instruction in and interaction with the Chinese language, students develop their oral and written skills to a high level and achieve operational fluency in Chinese. They achieve a high level of familiarity with social norms, culture and language use in China, Taiwan and Singapore as well as other Chinese speaking areas, preparing them for a wide range of social and employment contexts in the global Chinese world. In-country study is a vital component of the Chinese language major and all students are strongly encouraged (though not required) to fit study abroad into their major. Through cultural and linguistic immersion in contemporary Chinese society students are able to make major progress in second language consolidation and acquisition in ways unavailable in Perth. In addition to advancing their language acquisition students are also provided with a social, cultural and political overview of the target society through lectures and excursions. Thus, through study abroad students are also exposed to one of the core features of Chinese Studies: field work. The study abroad units are existing units in Asian Studies and will continue to be administered by the discipline area. The course advisers provide students with detailed plans and recommendations for incorporating study abroad into their language major.


Assessment arrangements are in the hands of the host university in China. Students receive grades for each of the units they enrol in, and an official transcript of these grades is provided to UWA. If successful, students are awarded an ungraded pass by UWA.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
any level of Chinese language
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.