CHIN Course Enrollment

Students who have never taken a CHIN course at UCSD

All students who have not previously taken a CHIN (Chinese Language) course at UC San Diego, MUST participate in a short informal placement interview in order to be authorized to enroll in a CHIN course.  Placement Interviews are applicable to students who have AP Chinese and/or SAT II Chinese exam scores as well as those who have no Chinese background. 

Once a placement test has been completed and authorization, the student is RESPONSIBLE FOR ENROLLING in the appropriate CHIN course on Tritonlink WebReg.  An authorization is not an enrollment nor does a placement interview guarantee approval or enrollment in a CHIN course. 

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Students with prior authorization for a CHIN course

Students who were already authorized and asked to take a course later in the year may need to be re-authorized.  For example, a student who completed a placement interview during the fall quarter but did not enroll in the fall CHIN course that he or she qualified for can return to HSS 3084 to be authorized in the spring for the upcoming fall quarter course. This is why the Chinese Studies Program Office keeps Student Information Sheets (SIS) as a record of what course is best suited for each individual student. After an interview with a Chinese language instructor a student needs to turn in the SIS form for authorization for the current of next quarter or so that the record of the approval is available for the following year. 

Students already enrolled in a CHIN course at UCSD

Students who are currently enrolled in a CHIN course may register on Tritonlink directly for the next course in the sequence without re-authorization.  For example, a student currently enrolled in CHIN 10CN for Spring may enroll in CHIN 20AN in the Fall without completing a placement interview, unless a CHIN course are taken out of sequence. 

Students who wish to take CHIN 165 and beyond courses, be aware of the following instructions:

  • Students who are interested in taking CHIN 165 A-B-C (Business Chinese I, II and III) are encouraged to consult directly with Jane Kuo for the placement interview.
  • Students who are interested in taking CHIN 169 A-B (Medical Chinese I and II) are encouraged to consult with instructor Xiao Wang for the placement interview.
  • Students who are interested in taking CHIN 182 A-B (Intermediate Classical Chinese I and II) are encouraged to consult with instructor Pei-Chia Chen for the placement interview.
  • Students who are interested in taking CHIN 185 A-B (Readings in Chinese Culture & Society I and II) are encouraged to consult with instructor Xiao Wang for the placement interview.
  • Students who are interested in taking CHIN 186 A-B-C (Readings in Chinese Economics, Politics, & Trade I, II and III) are encouraged to consult directly with Jane Kuo for the placement interview. 

Chinese Studies Program Policies

  • Keep in mind that DEADLINE to add a course via WebReg each quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) is Friday of Week 2
  • It is very unlikely for students to join a CHIN course after the Week 2 add deadline.  By this point in the quarter, enough absences will have accumulated to affect the student's course grade adversely.  Under extreme special circumstances, a student may join the course past the add deadline only at the discretion of the language faculty teaching that particular course.  The faculty's decision is final and the Chinese Studies Program cannot override the faculty's decisions. An add card with approval signatures will be required and the student will need to acquire additional approval signatures and stamps to enroll during Week 3 and Week 4. Enrollment via an ADD CARD after Week 2 is not guaranteed. 

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Placement Interview Information
Click for information why this interview is required

The Chinese Placement Interview is a short and informal process that helps a CHIN language lecturer determine the appropriate course for a student that wishes to enroll in CHIN and learn Mandarin. 


  1. Prior to your placement interview, pick up (outside of HSS 3084) a Student Information Sheet (also known as SIS)
    OR click to download and print the SIS form here (PDF).
  2. All sections of the form MUST be filled out as accurately as possible unless stated on the form as "Optional". 
    Make sure to write your UCSD PID # (i.e. A01234567) and email address on the form clearly. 
  3. DO NOT write anything on the line or box titled: "Office Use Only" and/or "Section ID#"
  4. Visit the lecturer during his or her office hours and notify him or her that you wish to be interviewed for placement.
  5. If necessary, wait outside the office until the lecturer calls you in for an interview.  Keep the SIS form with you when you meet the lecturer, note the following:
    • Placement Interviews are on a first-come, first-serve basis, you may have to wait if the lecturer is busy. 
    • There may be circumstances that will cause a lecturer to cancel office hours.  if such is this case, you may need to see another lecturer or return at another time. 
  6. When called for the interview, surrender your completed SIS form to the lecturer and proceed with the interview. 
    • Depending on your ability, you may need to wait another quarter to begin taking a CHIN course. 
    • Participating in an interview does not guarantee enrollment in a CHIN course. 
  7. After the placement interview, the lecturer will write a note on the SIS of which course is the most appropriate for you and return the form to the student.  You (the student) will then be instructed to return to HSS 3084. If HSS 3084 is not open, slip the SIS form under the door and you will be emailed instructions on how to enroll. 
  8. A staff member will review your SIS, explain the interview results and authorize you for the appropriate course. 
  9. Once you have been authorized, it is your responsibility to enroll yourself on TritonLink WebReg.  Remember to leave the completed SIS with the staff member. 

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Language Faculty Office Hours

Winter 2015 Office Hours

Language Faculty Office Location Office Hours
Anderson, Qin-Hong
HSS 3071 Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 – 2:00PM
& Wednesdays 9:30
Cha, Samuel
HSS 3056 Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:45 – 1:45PM
Chen, Pei-Chia
HSS 3071 Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 – 1:30PM
& Wednesdays 10:00 – 11:00AM
He, Qian
HSS 3067 Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30 – 4:50PM
Kuo, Jane
HSS 3085 On Leave in Lieu of Sabbatical
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 – 12:00PM
& Wednesdays 2:00 –
Wang, Xiao
HSS 4071 Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00PM & 5:00 – 6:00PM
& Tuesdays 10:30 – 12:00PM

Note: There may be circumstances that will cause office hours to be cancelled. 
It is the student's responsibility to verify office hours with the faculty. 
All office hours are valid until the end of Week 10 of the quarter. 

All Chinese Studies Program Offices are located in the Humanities & Social Sciences Building at John Muir College (map). 

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Proficiency Examination
(Available Weeks 3 through 10 only during regular academic quarters)

Proficiency Exams are for students that have the Chinese language capacity to prove reading, writing and Mandarin speaking proficiency. Some students may be able to "test out" of a language requirement for their major or college.

Information about taking a Proficiency Examination can be found on the Lingustics Department website.

Read the information on that website carefully and determine the level you are trying to show competency for.  Visit your college or major's website to learn more regarding language requirements: In other words, does your college want the completion of language by four quarters? Do they want you to be able to read, write, understand and speak Mandarin Chinese?  Researching this is the student's responsibility as well as telling the tester the level of competency being examined for.

To take a proficiency exam, you will make an appointment with one of the language faculty listed below. Testing occurs during Week 3 through 10 of each quarter due to the schedules and duties of the instructors who have agreed to offer the Proficiency Exams. Please bring your UCSD Student ID card so the instructor can verify your identity when you take a Proficiency Exam. 
Prior to your appointment, you will need to print 2 copies of the following form and bring it with you when you meet with a instructor: Once you have completed the appointment you must take the form to the Linguistics Department on the 3rd floor of AP&M to receive credit for the proficiency exam.    
Please make appointment for a Proficiency Exam with one of the instructors listed below after Week 3 commences until  Week 10. 

Be sure to include in the subject line "Proficiency Exam - Your Full Name" as well as your full name, UCSD PID Number, College, Major, Phone number and Reason why you are taking a proficiency examination when writing your email. 

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Purpose of Placement Interviews


Placement interviews are used to determine two things, which level a student should begin taking a Mandarin Chinese (CHIN) course and track. Instructors will assess a student's background and document specific courses and levels for each individual student. After the interview, a staff member will then be able to authorize a student based on the instructor's evaluation of the student's ability. Students interested in taking Chinese must read the "Placement Interview Information" above.  The instructions will help to clarify the placement interviewing process for enrolling in a CHIN course. 

The placement interview is usually a short and informal conversation and REQUIRED prior to taking a CHIN course. It's mainly a verbal assessment but sometimes may include a written or reading review. The results need to be provided to the Program Coordinator before a student will be authorized to enroll in a CHIN course. 

Please note that enrollment in a CHIN courses is not guaranteed.


Instructors may return to campus early to offer placement interviews before the fall quarter begins. During the quarter placement interviews may be offered during Week 1 through Week 10 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during regular office hours of the Chinese language instructors. Placement Interviews are suspended during finals week & in between quarters. During the summer and prior to the fall quarter, instructors offer a few days of placement interviews as a courtesy.


The Chinese Studies Program Office is located in Humanities & Social Sciences Building, Room 3084 at Muir College (map). Interviews actually takes place in the instructor's office as mentioned in the chart above.


Students are categorized into 3 different tracks:

TRACK N – Is for students with no previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. Non-native speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter N.

TRACK M – Is for students with previous knowledge of Mandarin Chinese. These heritage speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter M.

TRACK D – Is for students with previous knowledge of a dialect of Chinese other than Mandarin. These heritage speakers will be approved for CHIN courses that are followed by the letter D.

CHIN courses at UCSD are offered to students that have the potential to learn Mandarin Chinese. For those interested in learning Cantonese you may wish to visit the Linguistics Department (AP&M 3rd floor) for independent study (LIGN 19) or you may wish to study abroad. Only Mandarin Chinese may be used towards earning a major or minor with the Chinese Studies Program.

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