Frequently Asked Questions

This page will be continuously updated with helpful and informative responses to the most frequently asked student questions. If the answer you seek does not appear below please contact the Chinese Studies Program.
CHIN Enrollment FAQs

Q: When I used WebReg to enroll in a CHIN course, my enrollment was blocked and I was instructed to contact the Chinese Studies Program. Can you just approve me so I can enroll?


The reason you were directed to the Chinese Studies Program is so that you can be evaluated by a Chinese language instructor. Detailed CHIN course enrollment instructions can be found here.

Q: Can you authorize me and then later I will participate in a placement interview?

No. The purpose of blocking enrollment is so that a student can be evaluated and then granted permission to enroll in the best CHIN course that is suited for his/her appropriate background and level.

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CHIN Course Levels

Q: How do I know which CHIN course I should take? 


Each student should meet with a language lecture and participate in a Chinese language placement interview. A short and informal conversation with one of our instructors will reveal what CHIN course is best for you.

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Language Requirements

Q: I need to meet my language requirement. What is my goal? Can I take CHIN as pass/no pass?

This answer varies according to your college or major. Below are links to the college websites where you will be able to locate the specific requirement and if taking a course as pass/no pass is permissible.
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AP Credits

Q: I took the AP Chinese Language and Culture test and scored a 3, 4 or 5. Which CHIN course should I take?


You will most likely be able to skip the CHIN 10 A-B-C series. A placement interview is the best way to evaluate which CHIN course is best suited for your ability and background.

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Native Speakers

Q: Chinese is my native language. What CHIN course should I enroll in?

CHIN courses are about learning vocabulary and sentence structure for the first time. Native Chinese language speakers are over-qualified to take CHIN courses. You may wish to consider taking a non-language Chinese Studies elective, participating in a Proficiency Exam or speaking with an academic advisor regarding alternative courses.

Q: I am a native speaker, what should I do?

You may be able to test out of a language requirement via a Proficiency Exam. You may also consider taking a Chinese Studies non-language elective. Luckily, we have a list of those courses on the following webpage so that may be able to find an alternate course.

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Dialects

Q: I want to learn or improve my Cantonese or other dialect. How do I sign up for a course like this?

Regretfully, the Chinese Studies Program does not offer Cantonese or other dialects. The Department of Linguistics may offer an introductory course for various heritage languages. Visit the following Department of Linguistics website to learn more about LIDS 19: Directed Studies. 

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Syllabus

Q: I need the syllabus for a LTEA, MUS, or HIEA course. Can I get that from the Chinese Studies Program?

Contact the instructor or the department that is offering the course for a copy of a non-language Chinese Studies elective syllabus. The Chinese Studies Program only keeps copies of CHIN syllabi.

If you have lost the syllabus to your CHIN course, it is advisable that you ask your lecturer/TA first before contacting the Chinese Studies Program office. 

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Study Abroad

Q: I want to study abroad. Where should I go? What course(s) should I take?

Selecting courses is entirely up to the student. IT'S YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE! The Chinese Studies Program does have guidelines. Visit our Study Abroad tab at the top of this page. Contact the Programs Abroad Office and meet with them by making an appointment for a "First Steps Session"

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Petitioning Courses

Q: Why do I need to petition POLI 113A: East Asian Political Thought and other similar UCSD courses? Why do I need to bring in the syllabus for this course?


POLI 113A hasn't been approved by the Academic Senate as a permanent Chinese Studies elective. Not only does the title not specify that China will be the main focus but the content has the potential to cover Japan, North Korea and South Korea than it does about China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. When submitting a petition it is best to include a current syllabus to offer a clear outline of a course and prove that said course is 50% or more about China, Taiwan, HK, etc. 

For more information about petitioning courses, click here

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Student FAQs


This page is constantly updated with the more frequently student asked questions.  For answers to questions relating to TA Applications, click here.

For FAQs related to Study Abroad, visit here