Dear Chinese Studies Students,

A special welcome to all first year Chinese Studies majors: As you begin your journey in Chinese studies, you will learn about different aspects and gain new perspectives about Chinese societies. The styles of learning and teaching here are different from those in the secondary school environment, but we are all here to learn. So, work with your fellow students, and never feel shy asking questions to your teaching assistants and teachers!

Academic Counseling
All new students should attend the Academic Counseling Session (Aug 13 for 2024 intake). This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the programme and its study scheme. There is no formal counseling session for continuing students, but if you have any questions about the study program, ask your academic advisor via email or in counseling sessions.

Every major student is assigned to a teacher who serves as your academic advisor during your study here. Please do visit her/him regularly—you may talk about anything academic that is of concern to you, but you don’t have to have a problem to see your advisor. Just drop by to say hi, or arrange a time to have lunch or afternoon tea. Your advisor is happy to see you!

General Advice for Students
All first-year Chinese Studies majors (including transfer-in students) should take the faculty package and required courses (CHES1000, CHES1101 and two faculty package courses) in their first year. Students are required to take 12 units of stream courses from International Stream (IS) / Chinese Native Stream (CNSS) depending on the student’s level of Chinese language proficiency. These courses will be preassigned by the Centre Office.

Generally speaking, 2000-level courses are designed for 2nd year students, 3000-level courses are designed for 3rd year students, and 4000-level courses are designed for 3rd and 4th year students. Second-year students are allowed to take 3000/4000-level courses, but may find them difficult. We recommend that you take 1000-level courses in your 1st year, 2000- and 3000-level courses in your 2nd year, and 3000-4000 level courses in your 3rd and 4th years.

You are free to take elective courses following your own interests. Note that many elective courses are offered once every other year. You will need to plan your study program accordingly. Please check the Study Scheme of your admitted year and seek advice from your academic advisor while planning course registration and get department approval in advance when needed in special circumstances.

The following Curriculum Structure and Major Requirements are applicable to BA students admitted in 2024 and onward. Those admitted before 2023 should refer to their corresponding study schemes listed below.

Curriculum Structure

Component No. of Units
Major Programme Requirement Faculty Package* 9 72
Required Courses 30
Elective Courses 33
University Core requirements 
Languages Chinese language 5 39
English language 8
General Education** 19

Understanding China


Hong Kong in the Wider Constitutional Order


Digital Literacy and Computational Thinking

Physical Education 2
Free Electives Remaining Units
Total At least 123

* Including CHES1101 China in Global Perspectives pre-assigned

** University General Education 7 Units; College General Education 6 Units; General Education Foundation 6 Units

Major Programme Requirements

Major Required and Elective Courses No. of Units Specific time to take
(a) Three Faculty Package including (CHES1101) 9 Year 1 -2
(b) Major Required Courses (CHES1000 pre-assigned)* 3 Year 1

(c) Stream Courses**

12 Year 1 – Year 3
(d) Experiential Learning Courses
China Summer Field Trip CHES3300  3 Year 2 Summer Session
Social Enterprise Project in China CHES3400  3 Year 3 Summer Session
Social-Cultural Immersion CHES3403 3 Year 2 Summer Session
(e) Research Component Courses
Research Methods CHES3500  3 Year 4 Term 1
Thesis Research Paper CHES4500  3 Year 4 Term 2
(f) Elective Courses 33 Year 1 Term 2 – Year 4
No. of Units 72  

* Introduction to Chinese Studies CHES1000.

** CCS Students are required to take 12 units of stream courses from either “International Stream (IS)” or “Chinese Native Stream (CNSS)”, depending on the student’s level of Chinese language proficiency.

Applicable to students admitted in 2024-25

Applicable to students admitted in 2023-24

Applicable to students admitted in 2022-23

Applicable to students admitted in 2021-22

Applicable to students admitted in 2020-21

Applicable to students admitted in 2019-20