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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers Chinese language courses on two tracks, as explained at Both tracks have different course offerings in fall vs. spring. In fall 2024, the following courses will be available:

  • Track A: CHIN 101, 203, 305, 407, and higher levels (443, 520)
  • Track B (heritage): CHIN 111, 313, and higher levels (443, 520)

In spring 2025, we plan to offer CHIN 102, 204, 212, 306, 408, 441, and 445.

For a complete listing of Chinese courses and course descriptions, consult

If you’re a beginner (no previous knowledge of Chinese), you may register for any section of CHIN 101. Note that this class will not be offered in spring semester.

Chinese is also being offered–in remote format–in summer 2024 (first session starts May 15, second session starts June 24):

  • CHIN 101 in first session and CHIN 102 in second session.
  • CHIN 203 in first session and CHIN 204 in second session.

New students are eligible to take summer courses (second session only for first-years, either/both sessions for transfer students). If you have been accepted for fall, Admissions will change your starting semester from fall to summer at your request.  Taking summer courses could allow you to learn a year’s worth of Chinese before fall even begins. More information is available on the Summer School website.

If you have prior knowledge of Chinese and want to take Chinese, you must take a placement test. This is true for everyone, regardless of how you learned Chinese (in high school, at home, etc.) and regardless of any test credit or transfer credit you may have. Please go to to sign up for the Chinese placement test. If you are hoping to place into a level offered in summer and take it during summer session, please note that in the comments section of the webform, and we will contact you about arranging testing in time for summer.

On the same page is a self-assessment guide that you can use to estimate your probable placement. You are welcome to go ahead and enroll in the class that you think is right for you when you get to register for fall courses. If your placement doesn’t turn out to be what you predicted, the department will try to help you switch into the correct class. It’s also possible you’ll have to wait until spring to continue studying Chinese if you place into a class only offered in spring.

If you have trouble getting into the Chinese class you want, you’re encouraged to join the waitlist. You may also refer to the information and help in this registration FAQ: