Sinology (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Sinology aims at imparting basic knowledge of modern standard Chinese and fundamental knowledge in three areas of specialisation: Chinese history and society, Chinese literature and culture, as well as Chinese politics, law and economics since the beginning of the 20th century. Moreover, it strives to introduce students to central questions, theories and methods of modern Chinese studies.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 611

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 20.07.2023

Information about presentation & calculation

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The bachelor’s programme in Sinology consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), comprising the modules Introduction to Modern Chinese and Introduction to Chinese History, Literature and Politics, as well as the compulsory modules Pre-Intermediate Chinese, Basic Knowledge of China and Applied Academic Research and Writing. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Chinese characters and tone language
  • Government systems and party politics ...
  • Literature, art and culture ...
  • Social and economic change ...
  • ... in the Chinese-speaking area

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • transnational cultural and educational work
  • tourism
  • mass media
  • diplomatic service
  • national and international organisations (development policy)
  • academia
  • bilateral economic relations and international corporations
  • companies in the Chinese cultural area and
  • consulting.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.7 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 36 graduates.

*You can find further assessments of the degree programme from its graduates’ perspective in the graduate survey of the bachelor’s programme in Sinology graduation survey (in German).

Graduates ...

  • find employment within 3 months after graduation on average.

*You can find further information on career entry and career paths in the tracking of graduates "BA Sinology".