学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆。
孔子《论语》
Learning without thinking leads to confusion; thinking without learning ends in mental exhaustion.
the Analects of Confucius

China Studies is a special regional study programme at University College Utrecht.

It aims at helping the students to understand China, a rapidly developing country with a continuously growing global influence. By following the program, you will not only learn practical language and cross-cultural communication skills, but also gain an insight into the path and features of China’s development.

At University College Utrecht, students can learn the Chinese language to a sufficiently professional level, enrich their theoretical knowledge in the fields of culture, literature, history, philosophy and sociology (among others) through English-taught content courses, and practice real social communication skills by going on an exchange (at one of our five top destinations), taking a field course or doing an internship in China.

Below you can find more information about exchange destinations that can be part of the China Studies programme.

China Studies is for students who are interested in the language, culture, literature, philosophy, politics, history, economy and society of China. Because China Studies is a form of area studies, it uses several disciplines, like anthropology, cultural studies, social science or political science to look at China. Students can choose their own focus within the possibilities of the China track.

Both China Studies (track) and Chinese Studies (minor in Chinese Language and Culture) can be easily combined with other disciplines, as a background, an eye-opener, or an aid to set specific research focus within the student’s own field. 

Besides, China Studies also offers support to interdisciplinary research or thesis writing.

China Studies offers flexible and tailor-made programmes including:

  • Following 4 Chinese language and culture courses as a minor (if a student starts from a higher-level language course, other content courses can be counted as well in order to fulfil the requirement for a minor);
  • Following China Studies as a track (e.g. two level 1 courses including ‘Introduction to China’ and ‘Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture’; one level 2 course at UCU or at a Chinese university during exchange; one level 3 course at UCU ‘Identity Construction in East Asia’, or at a Chinese university during exchange);
  • Completing all the courses in China Studies in order to continue with a China-related Master's programme;
  • Following one Chinese language course to fulfil the foreign language (& culture) requirement.

Dutch and internatoinal universities offer Master's programmes in China Studies, including our exchange partners in Hong Kong and XJTLU in Suzhou.

By completing the entire track of China Studies at University College Utrecht, students will receive 52,5 ECTS. If students wish to continue with a research master, by taking the Master's programme at Leiden University for example, the possible requirements are as follows:

  • Reach a language level of HSK 4;
  • Receive 30 ECTS in China-related fields of history, art, culture, politics, society or economy, which students could do by either following two China-related courses during exchange or by writing their thesis in a China-related field.

For the definite requirements, please consult the university you would like to apply for.

In the past, students who finished the China track have pursued different Master’s programmes relating to China. A few examples:

  • MSc degree in International Affairs at the London School of Economics/Peking University
  • MSc in International Management for China at the School of Oriental and African Studies
  • LLM Law and Chinese at Edinburgh University
  • MSc Contemporary Asian Studies at the University of Amsterdam
  • MA Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford

Some students took a gap year after University College Utrecht and studied for one year at a Chinese university on a scholarship.

Level Fall Spring Summer
1 HUMCHI11: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture INTCHI13: Introduction to China: Society and Culture of an Emerging Country  
2*   HUMCHI22: Chinese Language and Culture II (either at UCU or during exchange)  
  HUMXXX23: A China-related course, either at UCU or during exchange (history, literature, film, art, culture, politics, society or economics)  
3 HUMCHI32: Chinese Language and Culture III HUMCHI33: Chinese Language and Culture IV (either at UCU or during exchange)  
  UCHUMCHI31: Identity Construction in East Asia    

* it is advised to follow Humanities Lab course.

Suggested Scheduling

The students could choose to start the track either from the fall semester or the spring semester during their first year. Please see the following scheduling options:

  First year Second year Third year
  Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
Option 1 Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture Chinese II & Introduction to China: Society and Culture Chinese III Chinese IV & a China-related content course (level 2 at UCU or in China) Identity Construction in East Asia  
  (choose exchange destination)          
Option 2   Introduction to China: Society and Culture Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture Chinese II & a China-related content course (level 2 at UCU or in China) Identity Construction in East Asia’ & Chinese III Chinese IV

There is also the possibility to take a minor in Chinese Language & Culture. The minor comprises of the following courses:

  • UCHUMCHI11 — Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture
  • UCHUMCHI22 — Chinese Language and Culture II
  • UCHUMCHI32 — Chinese Language and Culture III
  • UCHUMCHI33 — Chinese Language and Culture IV

Please note: 

  • All language courses teach Mandarin, which is the official language in mainland China (also spoken in Taiwan and among the Chinese groups in other Asian countries), and the simplified characters.
  • If a student starts from a higher-level language course, other content courses can be counted as well in order to fulfill the requirement for a minor.

Diagram

Level Fall Spring
1 UCHUMCHI11: Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture  
2   UCHUMCHI22: Chinese Language and Culture II 
3 UCHUMCHI32: Chinese Language and Culture III UCHUMCHI33: Chinese Language and Culture IV

China Studies Exchange Destinations Map

Below you can find more information about exchange destinations that can be part of the China Studies programme.

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