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Chinese/Mandarin Degree by Distance/Online

A Williams

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I am trying to find a bachelors degree in Chinese/Chinese Studies (Mandarin/putonghua) that can

be completed by distance/online. I am an absolute beginner in Chinese and would require the

material/instruction to be in English, or maybe German. My goal is to both earn a degree, and

learn Mandarin while doing so.

I have found several, but they are usually either unaffordable for me as an international student

(~US$50,000), or don't appear like they're rigorous enough in teaching Mandarin to a beginner like me.

Here is what I've found, perhaps it will be useful for others:

University of New England (Australia)


Massey University (New Zealand)


Macquarie University (Australia)

Not entirely sure that international students can do the Chinese Studies degree by distance.


Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU)

A little questionable regarding quality and value of the degree.


Griffith University via Open Universities Australia

Not very focused on Chinese, and only a few courses teaching Mandarin.


Open University (UK)

No program in Chinese, and only one beginners course.


If anyone has any other suggestions I would be most appreciative, thanks!

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The University of South Africa (UNISA) which is entirely focused on distance learning has Mandarin as a major. I took their first year course 17 years ago. I was impressed with it, given all the limitations of learning a language through a correspondence course.

However, my feeling is that the overall academic rigour of a UNISA degree is not very high, so if this is important I'm not sure I'd recommend them. I'm also not sure how internet-savvy they are.

No problem taking their courses anywhere in the world, as far as I am aware. I don't remember costs but they weren't outrageously high.


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