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The study of the language, culture, society and history of China.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 6 (Standby: 5.1)   |   Quota 2 2019: 5.1 (Indicative)  
: Danish (and partly English)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the China studies programme, you learn to speak and read standard Chinese, the official language of China. You learn to communicate in Chinese orally and in writing, and you learn a variety of different kinds of texts in Chinese.

China from all angles

In addition to language skills, you also acquire a deep knowledge of China’s social conditions, history, culture and media. Most of the classes are about modern times and developments in contemporary China. Teaching takes place in smaller classes, and you will also be part of a study group where you work on assignments and projects that you present and discuss together.

A semester in China

The fourth semester of the programme takes place at Peking University (PKU) in Beijing. This means that this semester in China is normally an obligatory part of the programme. Studying abroad gives you a chance to practice and develop your linguistic and intercultural competences, and you gain first-hand knowledge of contemporary Chinese culture and social conditions.

Career opportunities

Most graduate of the BA programme in China studies continue to the MA programme in Asian studies (China studies). The MA programme is a direct continuation of the BA programme, and it leads to career opportunities in education, for example teaching Chinese at upper secondary or university level, or in project management, consultancy, marketing, sales and export, as well as tourism. Graduates of the programme work in Danish and Chinese businesses.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22285

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Chinese A*
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

*The requirement of an additional language qualification may be replaced by an introductory course in connection with the degree programme.


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Chinese A
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The courses on the China studies programme focus on two central areas. First and foremost, you gain basic Chinese language competences. You learn to speak and write Chinese, and you learn correct grammar and pronunciation. You also gain insight into China’s history, culture and social conditions.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the various courses to read the individual course descriptions.

Student life

Academic student life on the China studies programme

The programme primarily consists of practical exercises and classroom instruction where you make presentations and contribute to discussions together with your fellow students. On the China studies programme, you also become part of a study group, and you work on projects, presentations and language exercises with the other students in your study group.

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in China studies. You divide your time between classroom participation and preparing for classes. You should expect a workload that corresponds to a full-time job, even though you won’t necessarily have classes every day. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies.

09:00–11:00: Chinese I -Grammar
11:00–13:00: Chinese I - Characters
13:00–16:00 Reading and preparation

8.00-14.00 Chinese I - Grammar
14:00–17:00: Preparation in study group

08:00-9:00: Reading
09:00–11:00: Introduction to Chinese History
11:00–16:00 Work on assignment in study group

09:00–12:00: Reading
12:00–14:00: Chinese 1 - Conversation
14:00–16:00: Reading and preparation
16:00–18:00 Chinese 1 - Oral Chinese

09:00–11:00: Grammar assignments
11:00-15:00 Work on project in study group
15:00–18:00: Friday bar

Social life on the China studies programme

Life on the China studies programme is about more than books and Chinese characters. You can also participate in some of the many academic and social events at the programme. Here are some of the options open to you:

The Asian degree programme committee
This is the degree programme committee for Japan studies, China studies and South Asia studies. The committee is the students’ voice in relation to university affairs, and you can influence your study environment by participating in it.

Asian Friday bar
Every month, the Asian Friday bar offers good music, cold drinks and a great atmosphere.

Studying abroad

Studying in China is indispensable if you’re studying Chinese, and so the fourth semester of the programme takes place at Peking University. Your semester in China gives you a chance to improve your language skills and experience Chinese culture first-hand. If one semester abroad isn’t enough, you can also organise a second period of study abroad in the last year of the BA programme. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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After you graduate from the BA programme in China studies, your career opportunities depend on what subjects you chose to focus on during your studies, your choice of supplementary subject, and your choice of Master’s degree programme if you decide to continue your studies.

As a graduate of the BA programme in China studies, you can communicate in standard Chinese orally and in writing. Your knowledge of China’s culture, history and society enables you to analyse social and intercultural issues related to China. You gain skills in analysing issues related to China, communicating your conclusions and proposing solutions.

Over the past four years, graduates of the China studies programme have found work in upper secondary schools or Danish and Chinese businesses in marketing, sales and export. There are also career opportunities in intercultural consulting, interpreting and translation.

Supplementary subjects

You are required to take a supplementary subject on the last year of the BA programme in China studies. You have a lot of different options. Here are some examples of what other students on the programme have chosen:

  • Supplementary subject in economics and business administration
  • Supplementary subject in anthropology
  • Supplementary subject in sociology
  • Supplementary subject in humanistic organisational development

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in China studies go on to do a Master’s degree. You should be aware that specific supplementary subjects can be a prerequisite for admission to some MA programmes. Here are some examples of the options available to graduates of the BA programme:

  • The Master’s degree programme in Asia studies (China studies), where you become more proficient at Chinese. Building on the foundation of your BA programme, you also learn to work with issues related to China and Asia in a more independent and critical manner.
  • The Master’s degree programme in anthropology, which gives you the tools to understand humans as social and cultural beings.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, where you learn to understand experiences as commodities and design experiences for users.