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Student Frequently Asked Questions

This page will be continuously updated with helpful and informative responses to the questions that are commonly asked. If the answer you seek does not appear below please contact the Chinese Studies Program.

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.

Can I take courses for Pass/No Pass (P/NP) for my Chinese Studies major or minor?

No, all courses must be taken for a letter grade.

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. 

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. 

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.

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"