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Chinese studies at the Australian National University

The Australian National University is one of the foremost institutions in the world outside of China for research and teaching about China. The University has approximately fifty China specialists conducting research in a number of different fields of study.


The ANU China Institute is an umbrella organisation covering all aspects of Chinese studies in the university and can address all external enquries.

Chinese studies at the ANU is concentrated in the College of Asia & the Pacific in the following divisions:

The Australian Centre on China in the World is a research institution established to enhance The Australian National University's existing capabilities and thereby to create an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China on a global scale.

A number of other units within ANU also have academics involved in the study of China.

The ANU library and nearby National Library of Australia house two of the largest Chinese-language collections outside China, and together comprise more than 85% of Chinese language materials in Australian libraries.

Programs of Study

The ANU has a number of programs of study relevant to the study of China at the level of undergraduate, Masters or PhD.

Undergraduate Programs equip students with the linguistic and cultural competence required to function effectively in China and the knowledge to enable them to understand the Chinese world in depth. To provide in-country learning experiences for undergraduates, the ANU maintains study-abroad exchange programs at a number of unversities.

Postgraduate Programs on China at the ANU are recognized as among the best in the world. Masters programs and graduate diplomas in a number of disciplines can include a China component. Doctoral students benefit from close personal supervision, fieldwork funding and academic exchanges and collaborative arrangements with many Chinese universities and research institutes.


The ANU publishes a number of journals in the field of Chinese studies.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team