Courses of Study

This page contains important information for the current students of our BA and MA programs.

BA Modern Sinology

The BA in Modern Sinology is a so-called “Mono-BA”, i.e. a single-subject BA (as opposed to a two-subject BA, or double major). It is aimed at those students who wish to study China in all its linguistic and cultural facets. This study program requires very high levels of motivation and resilience, as students are required to learn the modern Chinese language in both its spoken and written forms, master the basics of classical Chinese and complete both introductory and advanced seminars on topics relating to modern China.

BA Modern China Studies (2-subjects-BA)

In addition to imparting sufficient basic knowledge of modern spoken Chinese for everyday communication in China, the program offers a range of courses on Chinese history, economy, society, intellectual history, law and politics. Graduates of this program work primarily with English-language texts, but acquire strong analytical skills with a view to modern and contemporary China that set them apart from other scholars and experts.

BA Chinese as a Foreign Language (2-subjects-BA)

This program offers an intensive language training in Chinese. As a general two-subject BA (without the teaching credential), any other subject offered as a 2-subjects-BA program can be combined with this program.
If your motivation for Chinese studies is fascination for the language and its characters, the degree course of Chinese as a foreign language is open to you. It is possible to study this course as a general two-subject BA program (in combination with a second language, a social science or some other subject) or as a teacher training program (combined with a second teaching subject and courses in education).

BA Chinese as a foreign language (2-subjects/teaching profession)

If your motivation for Chinese studies is fascination for the language and its characters, the degree course of Chinese as a foreign language is open to you. It is possible to study this course as a general two-subject BA program (in combination with a second language, a social science or some other subject) or as a teacher training program (combined with a second teaching subject and courses in education).

MA Modern Sinology

The Master’s degree program “East Asian Studies/Modern Sinology”, conceived for 4 semesters in Göttingen, offers students a wide range of specialization themes about modern China, with “modern China” being defined as including the period from the 18th century to the present.

Master of Education Chinese as a Foreign Language

The Master of Education degree program for upper secondary level teaching (Gymnasium) focuses on theories, methods, and projects of empirical research into teaching and schools. The program is closely linked to the Centre for Teacher Education (ZELB). The program of study has set itself the objective of providing enhanced support to young researchers in empirical research on teaching and schools and those in subject didactics. One unique feature of the degree program lies in the close connection between teaching and empirical research.

MA / LLM Chinese Law & Comparative Law

This Double Master’s Degree Program is jointly offered by the Universities of Göttingen and Nanjing. Developed by the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies and the Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS), it combines a focus on Chinese law with a training in regional competence as well as in Chinese language with a special focus on the technical language of Chinese law. The program includes one year of studies in Nanjing.