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The Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies offers different Japanese classes in fall vs. spring. The classes available in fall 2021 are JAPN 101, 203, 305, 401, and 416. In spring 2022, we plan to offer JAPN 102, 204, 306, 411, and a new 4th-year course focused on service learning.

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.

Intermediate Japanese is also being offered–in remote format–this summer: JAPN 203 in first summer session (starts May 19) and JAPN 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 Japanese before fall even begins. More information is available on the Summer School website.

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. Test dates are not yet scheduled, but as soon as they are, everyone who has signed up will be notified. If you need a placement test because you wish to take a summer course, note that in the comments and we’ll contact you to arrange it.

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