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The Chinese Studies Section of the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town is home to a wide range of courses in Chinese Language, Culture, Literature, and Chinese for Specific Purposes, and at higher levels, Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Currently the courses on offer at the section are designed for learners whose mother tongue is other than Chinese. Students with or without prior experiences of learning Chinese can be admitted to the Chinese Section for courses with or without prerequisite. Students will be admitted into courses with prerequisites on the basis of their satisfactory completion of previous courses or acceptable record as recognized equivalent of previous learning. Transfer students who apply for courses with prerequisites will be assessed and interviewed individually before admission. Students for whom Chinese is a second or home language will be accepted only at honours or postgraduate levels (to be offered in future) on the basis of acceptable credentials of relevance. Chinese Studies can be taken as an undergraduate major (from 2017). Initial Chinese A & B (SLL1121F, SLL1122S) are first-year courses designed for those who have never studied the language before. Students who have already matriculated in Chinese or with some prior knowledge of Chinese may be admitted on individual consideration and assessment by the Section Head and may begin at a later level or even the second-year level (SLL2121F, SLL2122S). Students will be qualified to major in Chinese upon successful completion of the previous 2 years’ courses.                                                  

 Confucius Institute at UCT.

The preliminary contest of the 11th Chinese Language Proficiency Competition was held in Stellenbosch, in 2012. Participants were drawn from the Universities of Stellenbosch, Rhodes, Cape Town and South Africa (UNISA). UCT students walked away with almost half of the total competition prizes.

Mandarin course convenor, Professor Wu Qianlong, hosted the first Mandarin language summer camp for UCT students during the June 2011 vacation. 37 students took part in an intensive language and cultural tour of the cities of Guangzhou, Xi’an and Beijing in China.

The Chinese Language and Literature Section teaches Mandarin at undergraduate level. Students will be admitted to the Chinese Language and Literature Section whether or not they have already studied Mandarin. The courses offered by the Chinese Language and Literature Section are designed for students of Mandarin as a foreign language. Students for whom Mandarin is a second or home language will be accepted under certain conditions, and after prior discussion with the Section Head.

Initial Mandarin A & B are first-year courses for those who have never studied the language before. Students who have already studied Mandarin will most likely be admitted at second-year level. Under certain conditions students with some prior knowledge of Mandarin may be admitted to the first-year courses.