Chinese Studies

Languages, literature foreign and local Civilizations
Open to :
  • Applicants holding an undergraduate degree (Bachelor)
  • EU/EEA students
  • Non-European students
Language proficency requirements :
  • French: B2
  • Chinese: L3 or equivalent. HSK4
Year of study :
  • Master's degree (1st year)
  • Master's degree (2nd year)

    The Chinese studies program offers optimal conditions for intensive teaching in small groups: 12 hours of language courses per week throughout the whole first year of Master 1 and the first term of Master 2, for classes of 8 students at most.  

    Academic and sinological training

    • A training in several areas students can explore within the geographical and linguistic frame of Chinese studies: philosophy, classical and contemporary literature, Chinese Law, China's economic and social history, urbanism, migration and demography, work sociology, political science, etc.
    • The possibility is also offered of broadening one’s cultural horizon to other societies in the Asian world with introductory classes to the language and civilization of Japan and Vietnam.
    • The “séminaires libres” are designed to enable students to follow a specific training in in many disciplines of the humanities and social sciences in collaboration with other departments of ENS de Lyon: literature, economics, sociology, linguistics, philosophy, geography, history.
    • Conventions with top-ranked universities in China (Beida, Fudan, East China Normal University) give the possibility of spending one semester in China (during the year of Master 2) or a whole year between Master 1 and Master 2.

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    Language of teaching

    80% of this program is in French, 20% in Chinese.

    Career opportunities after this course

    • Teaching professions 
    • Researcher, teacher-researcher 
    • Professions in translation, publishing, journalism, animation and cultural management in organizations in France and abroad, and in large companies  

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