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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers different Japanese classes in fall vs. spring. The classes available in fall 2022 are JAPN 101, 203, 305, 401, and 412. In spring 2022, we plan to offer JAPN 102, 204, 306, 414, and 418.

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

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

If you have prior knowledge of Japanese and want to take Japanese, you must take a placement test. This is true for everyone, regardless of how you learned Japanese (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 Japanese placement test. There will be two remote test dates during the summer and an in-person test on August 15.

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 Japanese if you place into a class only offered in spring.

If you have trouble getting into the Japanese class you want, please refer to the information and help in this registration FAQ:, or contact Lori Harris at