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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 2022, the following courses will be available:

  • Track A: CHIN 101, 203, 305, 407, and higher levels (443, 631)
  • Track B (heritage): CHIN 111, 313, and higher levels (443, 631)

In spring 2023, we plan to offer CHIN 102, 204, 212, 306, 408, 441, and 510.

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.

Intermediate Chinese is also being offered–in remote format–this summer: CHIN 203 in first summer session (starts May 11) and CHIN 204 in second summer session. New students are eligible to take summer courses; 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.

Also being offered this summer are the first two courses on the heritage track, CHIN 111 (in first session) and CHIN 212 (in second session). Taking these courses would allow you to complete the Global Language requirement before fall even begins, because CHIN 111 = levels 1 and 2, and CHIN 212 = levels 3 and 4.  Admission to this track is by placement only; if you are interested in taking these summer courses, sign up for the placement test as described below, and put in the comments section of the webform that you want to take summer Chinese. We’ll get in touch with you to arrange placement testing.

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. You’ll then be sent information on the test dates as soon as they are finalized.

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, please refer to the information and help in this registration FAQ:, or contact Lori Harris at