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Chinese Language and Literature


The Chinese Language and Literature 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, Literature, CSP (Chinese for Specific Purposes, such as Business Chinese, Communicative Chinese, Medicine Chinese, and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.

The aim of the Chinese section is to teach language skills and promote Chinese culture. Chinese is more than the delicious foods, now available in many Chinese restaurants in South Africa. It is a ten thousand year old civilization, a philosophy that complements the Ubuntu concepts in South Africa.

As China has become South Africa's top trading partner, the demand for local graduates who are fluent in Chinese is greater than ever. Currently, only three universities in South Africa offer Chinese studies to students: the University of Stellenbosch (since 2001); Rhodes University (since 2010) and UCT. UCT commenced Mandarin Chinese courses in 2011.

The Chinese Language & Literature section is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at UCT.