ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Chinese Programme is a flagship division within the NTU School of Humanities and conducts courses in Chinese. Inheriting the spiritual tradition of Nanyang University, the Chinese Programme's mission is to promote the study and appreciation of the Chinese language and culture. Committed to carrying forward these traditions as well as creating new horizons, it acts locally to encompass the region and at the same time has a global vision to understand the contemporary world.
The rapid development of the Programme owes much to the strong support from the University, external institutions, and even common Singaporeans who have made generous contributions. This has made possible the establishment of endowment funds and awards which benefit Chinese major students. These include the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, the Shanghai Book Co Scholarship & Bursary Fund, the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Foundation (SCCCF) Endowed Scholarship, the Wan Boo Sow Award, the Wan Boo Sow Gold Medal cum Cash Award, Lotus on Water Gold Medal and Book Prizes. Please find more info on NTU Chinese Programme Scholarship.
Chinese is a four-year direct honours programme which provides a concrete foundation in both classical and modern Chinese literature, a deeper understanding of the Chinese language, and a broader perspective on China's History and the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia.
The programme aims to equip students with multidisciplinary research skills and bilingual capabilities. Our faculty members are dedicated to high-quality teaching and research. We have strong and active interests in Modern Chinese Literature, Chinese Thoughts and History, the Chinese Language, and especially the Chinese Diaspora in Singapore and Malaysia.
The Minor in Translation and the Minor in Chinese Creative Writing are two distinctive programmes within the Chinese Programme. Being professional and practical, this programme is open to all NTU students who are interested in receiving training in Chinese and English or literary writings.
We also partnered with the National Arts Council to run a Chinese creative writing residency programme, proving a platform for outstanding local and international outstanding writers to engage in creative writing and communication. In addition to their creation, writers are also engaged in teaching related to creative writing. The writing residencies programme creates a literary and humanistic atmosphere on the beautiful NTU campus, facilitates exchanges between experienced writers and young writers, and strengthens the interaction between writers, students, and the community. Local writers Yeng Pway Ngon, Chia Joo Ming, and Wong Koi Tet, as well as internationally renowned writers Su Wei-Chen, Su Tong, Hon Lai Chu, and Lee Yung Ping, have all served as Writers-in-Residence.
CURRICULUM STRUCTURE AND
To graduate, students must complete two categories of requirements, totalling at least 128 Academic Units (AUs):
(A) Major Requirements (69 AUs)
(B) Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC)
Common Core (17 AUs)
Foundational Core (10 AUs)
(C) Broadening & Deepening Electives (32 AUs)
Students can pursue in-depth studies in any of the four categories in the Chinese programme:
(A) Chinese Literature and Culture,
(B) Chinese History, Thought and China Studies,
(C) Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics, or
(D) Studies of Ethnic-Chinese.
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Students with Singapore-Cambridge GCE 'A' level
Pass in H2 Level Chinese subjects or
Good pass in H1 Level Chinese subjects or
Good pass in ‘O’ Level Higher Chinese or
Good pass in ‘O’ Level Chinese
Students with NUS High School Diploma
Good overall CAP in Chinese Language
Students with IB Diploma
A good grade in Standard Level Chinese
Please note the following:
The grade profiles, GPAs and programme places vary from year to year, depending on the number and performance of applicants, and the number of places available.
Meeting the previous year's grade/GPA scores of a programme does not guarantee admission to that programme for the current year.
NTU is increasingly admitting students based on holistic practices including written exams and interviews. For this reason we encourage all interested parties to apply.
• GCE 高级水准H1 华文/中国通识（华文）考试成绩优良
Our graduates in Chinese are bilingual and bicultural and have strong training in the comprehension of classical and modern texts. They are also knowledgeable in the fields of Chinese literature, culture, history, philosophy, linguistics, etc. Being exposed to a wide range of knowledge and methodologies, our graduates specialise not only in their selected areas within the traditional disciplines of Chinese language and literature, but also in interdisciplinary studies such as contemporary Chinese politics, society, urban culture, and international relations.
Graduates in Chinese can look forward to careers in the private and public sectors where in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and culture are required. Some of these are the civil service, education, business management, public relations, journalism, publishing, translation, as well as theatre and the arts.