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, the Undergrad Japanese Advisor will be available for drop-ins on Thursday August 28th, 9am-2pm, in 1108 Van Hise.  If you wish to avoid waiting in line, please email Professor Adam Kern ( directly to set up an appointment for that day. After that day, Professor Kern will be available only during his regularly scheduled Thursday morning office hours 9:30-10:30 or by limited appointment.


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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