Placement Test


Our department administers the computer based Chinese placement test 6 times throughout the year, the dates of the next placement tests are below.  Please contact My Linh Do ( for more information and to register.  When emailing please provide your campus NetID.  For further information on the Chinese placement test, please click here.

  • September 2, 2014. Room 250 Van Hise, 1-4pm.
  • November 4, 2014. Room 250 Van Hise, 1-4pm.


Please contact Naomi Geyer ( for questions regarding the Japanese placement test.  Please provide your Japanese language background experience.


The test will be an oral interview (20 minutes) & a short writing in Korean (25 minutes).   Please contact Prof. BJ Lim for more information.

  • August 29, 2014.  Room 1220 Van Hise, 1-3pm.


Japanese Major Advising

If you are interested in declaring the Japanese major, please see Professor Adam Kern (, who is available Thursday mornings 8:30-10:00 in Van Hise 1108. In advance of your meeting, please visit the on-line Student Center, print up your DARS report, read it carefully, and formulate any questions you might have. Please bring the report and your questions along with you to the meeting. If you need instructions on DARS, please see "DARS Quick Guide: Students." 


Teaching Assistant Support from UW DesignLab

We are delighted to announce that East Asian Languages and Literature is one of the departments within the College of Letters and Sciences to receive Teaching Assistant support from the UW DesignLab, funded by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. This support allows instructors to build meaningful digital assignments into the fabric of their courses.

For instance, here's a 15-minute digital essay courtesy of Japanese history graduate student Rebecca Shearier, which she created as a final project for Professor Adam Kern's course on early modern Japanese visual culture (E ASIAN 433/833):

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