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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 2021, the following courses will be available:

  • Track A: CHIN 101, 203, 305, 407, and higher levels (443, 525)
  • Track B (heritage): CHIN 111, 313, and higher levels (443, 525)

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 19) 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.

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. After doing so, you’ll be sent a link to sign up for one of the two test sessions on August 17.

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