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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Welcome to Chinese Studies

Abteilung Sinologie

Chinese Studies is concerned with the scholarly investigation of Chinese culture, in its diverse manifestations, from pre-history through to the present. It is a discipline that engages with and interprets Chinese texts of all genres and periods. Various questions and methods are employed for this task. Within Chinese Studies, there are different specializations corresponding to different emphases on periods and text-types.

In so far as Chinese Studies is concerned with the philological analysis of Chinese sources, it forms the basis for other approaches and methods directed towards the study of China.

The options for study at the University of Zurich are concentrated on the text-analytical, philological treatment of the literary heritage of traditional China and on the provision of competences necessary for the understanding of the cultural phenomena of modern China. Within this framework, alongside language training in ancient (pre-Qin to Han) and modern Chinese (Putonghua 普通话), courses are offered that enable independent engagement with texts and other media (e.g. films, theatre, images) and the placing of these in their appropriate contexts.

Weiterführende Informationen

Agenda Asien-Orient-Institut – Sinologie


University of Zurich
Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Office Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies
Zürichbergstrasse 4
CH-8032 Zürich

Administrative Office

Phone: 044 634 31 81
Opening Hours:
Mon/Tue 13:00–15:30, Thu/Fri 9:30–12:00

Administrative Office's Webpage

Student Advisory

For questions concerning Chinese Studies please go to General Student Advisory Chinese Studies.


For technical questions concerning your degree path, the current course offering, module booking, cancellation, module evaluation, and overview of assessment, please consult the Student Administration of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies.

Contact: (Tel.: 044 634 59 83)